A Rewarding And Fullfilling Workshop Experience

“Early in my career as a painter, I came to realize the importance of painting both outdoors ‘plein air’ as well as in the studio. The two approaches help each other tremendously. When painting outdoors immersed in nature, our senses our being filled with a myriad of sights, sounds and smells, along with an emotionally charged reaction to the scene before us. Indoors we can learn to recall this stimuli and also open ourselves up to new ideas. This is why I conduct both plein air and indoor studio workshops.”
— David Lussier

Take your outdoor painting to the next level.

David begins day one of the Monhegan Workshop with a color lesson and demo.

David begins day one of the Monhegan Workshop with a color lesson and demo.

Take your outdoor painting to the next level. David is known for his sophisticated color sense, poetic brushwork and his ability to convey emotion in a painting. His 'Less Is More' approach to painting has garnered him numerous accolades throughout his long career in plein air painting. David has competed extensively throughout the United States in both juried and invitational plein air competitions and has been asked to be juror for numerous events. He is an extremely knowledgeable instructor, who can reach students at their own individual level.

David's workshops are filled with demos and plenty of hands on instruction. He will never ask you to do anything that he has not demonstrated and explained first. Composition, values, color, brushwork and edge control are all a part of his step by step approach. In order to insure plenty of individual instruction at the easel, all workshops are limited to a maximum of 12-15 students, depending on the venue.

When she is not involved with her own painting commissions and projects, David is assisted by his wife Pam, who is a very talented and knowledgeable plein air painter and instructor. Together they make up an exciting and amusing team and are known as the original 'Plein Air Pair'.

Click here to read ‘For Plein Air Painters, Monhegan Is Magical’ by Gail Spilsbury

Click here to read David's 'On Art & Influence’

Click here for ‘Color Palette Notes’

Click here to read more about our ‘Teaching Philosophy

Our Two & Three Day Plein Air Workshop Schedule

please note: This schedule applies to workshops that are conducted through David Lussier Workshops.
Schedule may vary for other workshops.

David painting a demo on Monhegan Island.

David painting a demo on Monhegan Island.

Day One

8:45 - 9:00 Arrive at painting location
9:00 - 11:30 Lecture and demo
11:45 - 12:45 Lunch
1:00 - 4:00 Paint on location with individual instruction

Day Two

8:45 - 9:00 Arrive at painting location
9:00 - 10:00 Lecture and demo
10:00 - 12:00 Paint on location with individual instruction
12:00 - 12:45 Lunch Break
1:00 - 4:00 Paint on location with individual instruction

Day Three

8:45 - 9:00 Arrive at painting location
9:00 - 12:30 Paint on location
12:30 - 1:00 Lunch Break
1:00 - 4:00  Paint on location
4:00 - 5:00   Critique


Coming Right Up - The Studio Nocturne

...and The Color of Snow - Indoor Studio

A view of the dock from Fish Beach. 'Monhegan Harbor' oil by David Lussier

A view of the dock from Fish Beach. 'Monhegan Harbor' oil by David Lussier

Monhegan Island Maine

Our 21st annual workshop is August 3 - 7 2020. We've extended this to a 5 day workshop with two full days of individual painting anywhere on the island followed by a group critique. On the last day we will hold a free drawing for an original Monhegan painting by David.

We will base the workshop around the Monhegan village. There are no cars on this tiny island and everywhere you walk is another great scene waiting to be painted. Monhegan Village boasts beautiful scenes of its harbor, with Manana Island standing rugged and purposeful, as both protector and magnificent backdrop for the boats and sailing vessels seeking shelter from the open ocean just beyond. The Monhegan Dock, where visitor and island resident alike, must arrive or leave from, begs to be painted. The houses and shacks along the village roads and village shore have barely changed since the days of George Bellows, Robert Henri and the myriad of other painters who came to Monhegan at the turn of the last century and left with some of the best and most inspired paintings of their lifetime. This painters paradise continues to inspire artists, hundreds of years after being discovered.  CLICK HERE for more details about this workshop. To learn more about accommodations and boat schedules CLICK HERE.

Gift Certificates for Workshops!

Surprise a loved one with the gift of a workshop of their choice. Certificates cover the cost of the workshop only. Accommodations are separate. We mail you a physical gift certificate upon purchase.

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‘T H E A R T C I R C L E
A Painting And Critique Group

The Art Circle is an opportunity for shared exploration of new ideas with other artists who have a passion for painting, followed by a group critique. Without a doubt, getting professional feedback in a group critique format is an important part of personal growth.

The Art Circle meets on Wednesday mornings from March through June. There is a break in July and August and we resume in September and continue through mid November. Everyone paints independent of a demo or instruction for three hours and then we will spend one hour looking at paintings and I will critique each piece. Paintings will go up on an easel one at a time, so that they get the proper attention they deserve. I will give effective critiques that are organized, structured and to the point. We will look at the five most important elements of painting. They are Design, Values, Color, Edges and Brushwork. Constructive criticism is an invaluable part of learning from your mistakes and getting rid of bad painting habits.

My critiques are meant to be a truthful assessment of what the artist did right, what is not working in the painting, and of course, I will provide ideas of how to make improvements. Everyone in the group partakes in the discussion during the critique time. Everyone has a voice. The weekly camaraderie between artists is such an important element to this group and a great opportunity to develop the habit of painting on a regular basis.

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Private Plein Air & Studio Instruction

Let me help you grow as an artist by developing sound principals, along with good painting and work habits. I am offering half-day and full-day private plein air and studio instruction in the Southern Maine and New Hampshire Seacoast areas. We will spend the time painting side by side interpreting the same subject. Composition, color, values and edges will be stressed in each session. Working one-on-one is an advanced method of teaching. The goal of private instruction is to realistically access your skills and help you to attain your highest level. Your painting strengths and weaknesses will be pointed out and bad habits will be broken. There will be an emphasis placed on gaining a clear understanding of the principals in painting that allow us to capture the fleeting effects of light and atmosphere on a canvas, while developing your individual style and expression.

Full Day Sessions - Time: 8:30- 3:30 Cost: $275. Minimum of 3 sessions.
Half-Day Sessions - Time:8:30-12:00 Cost: $150. Minimum of 3 sessions.

If you would like to work with me privately, please contact me by email. 


Online Mentoring - Complementary Color Palettes

Color harmony in painting does not have to be a complicated process. This online course will teach you how to think properly about your palette of colors and give you one-on-one guidance in learning how use color effectively. You will learn how to simplify your color choices in order to achieve beautiful color harmony in your paintings.

The course provides you access to private online material that you can read on your own and assignments can be tackled at your own pace. I will answer all your questions and give you personal guidance and advice online. In depth critiques of your assignments are a critical part of the learning process. 

The online course has 4 sessions, with room built in for your busy schedule. The 4 sessions can be done over a four week time frame or you can break them up as needed. The cost is only $200. If you are interested in more information, please contact me by email or you can register and pay securely online for the 4 session class below. Once you are registered, I will provide you with a password to access to the online material on this website.

If you are registered for the Complementary Color Palette course you can access the private pages by clicking here. Then you can enter the password that you were assigned in order to open the online curriculum. Click here to access the Color Harmony Palette notes section of the course.