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
 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 David's 'On Art & Influence’

Click here for ‘Color Palette Notes’


Our Two & Three Day Plein Air Workshop Schedule

 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 - 10:30 Lecture and demo
10:30 - 1:00 Paint on location
1:00 - 1:30 Lunch Break
1:30 - 4:00 Paint on location

Day Two

8:45 - 9:00 Arrive at painting location
9:00 - 10:30 Lecture and demo
10:30 - 1:00 Paint on location
1:00 - 1:30 Lunch Break
1:30 - 4:00 Paint on location
4:00 - 5:00 Critique (for two day workshops)

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
 


 

Our Next  Workshop Listings - Naples Florida Plein Air

...and White Mountains, New Hampshire-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

Our 20th Anniversary Monhegan Island Maine workshop is July 29 - July 31, 2019. We've added on two free bonus days and a 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 continFues 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. For more information about this 20th annual workshop 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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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 8 sessions.
Half-Day Sessions - Time:8:30-12:00 Cost: $150. Minimum of 8 sessions.

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



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ONLINE MENTORING CLASS - Complementary Color Palettes Using my Color Harmony Palette ™

This class will give you one-on-one guidance learning how to use my 'Color Harmony Palette'. You will learn how to simplify your color choices in order to achieve beautiful color harmony in your paintings. The class 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 your questions and give you personal guidance and advice online, In depth critiques of your assignments are a critical part of the learning process. This is a four week class with room built in for your busy schedule. The four sessions can be done over a four week time frame or you can break the sessions up as needed. The cost is only $200. If you are interested in more information, please contact me by email.

If you have signed up for the Complementary Color Palette Class you can access the private page 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.