Expression and Response! Wait List Only! Lori Putnam

  • Rockland ME
  • September 10 to 13, 2018
  • Oils
  • Advanced-Beg to Adv
  • Tuition: $800

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Putnam Eastpoint-BluesPutnam TuckedUndertheTreesWEBThe workshop will include daily lectures and demonstrations, ample time to paint on your own, plenty of individual instruction from Lori, and group critiques to promote your progress. We’ll be outside as much as possible; having some Plein Air painting experience will be a great help!

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“As a Contemporary American Impressionist, I capture the character of a person, the difference of a place, the color of time. Rather than merely copying my subject, I use paint to respond to it. What interests me is rarely any specific thing unto itself. Color harmonies, rhythms, patterns, and abstract shapes excite me. Seeing the world this way affords me the freedom to explore all subjects. The end result, the finished work of art itself, engages viewers, inviting them to find their own personal interpretations. —Lori Putnam    Recognized for her expressive brushwork, intelligent composition, and superb use of color, Nashville Tennessee native, Lori Putnam paints small to medium-sized works en Plein air, creating large paintings in her studio. She travels extensively to paint, teach, and share her work around the world.  Prior to becoming a full-time, fine artist in 2005, Putnam owned and managed a graphic design agency for 13 years. In 2008, she and her husband sold all of their belongings and traveled to the Italian countryside to live for more than seven months with the sole purpose of the painter’s self-study and artistic growth. A catalyst for Putnam’s artistic career, the work there culminated in an impressive breakthrough. Advice from artist friends Scott Christensen, Quang Ho, and Dawn Whitelaw, has further impacted the artist’s development and success. Featured in numerous issues of American Art Collector Magazine, Plein Air Magazine, Southwest Art, Fine Art Connoisseur, and Art of the West, Putnam is recognized as one of the finest American Impressionists of our time. As an Artist Faculty Demonstrator for the Annual Plein Air Convention, she shares her philosophy and painting methods with its 700 attendees annually. Lori is a member of, and has exhibited with many respected organizations including the Salmagundi Club in New York City, the Oil Painters of America, Laguna Plein air Painters Association, the California Art Club, Plein Air Artists of Colorado, and is past Vice President of the American Impressionists Society. Additionally, Lori participates annually in several invitational plein air events, winning awards in Colorado, California, Wyoming, Florida, Georgia, and Ireland. Her studio work has also received many awards, including the Salmagundi Club in New York City, the Portrait Society of America, and the Oil Painters of America. Putnam’s art is in the permanent collection at The Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland, the Jack Warner Collection, the collection of Plein Air Magazine, and in private and corporate collections, and galleries worldwide. She keeps a studio in Charlotte, Tennessee.


American Impressionist Society, Signature Member, past Vice President
Laguna Plein air Painters Association, Signature Member
Portrait Society of America
Plein Air Painters of the Southeast
Plein Air Artists of Colorado, Signature Member
Salmagundi Club NYC
International Plein Air Painters, Signature Member
Oil Painters of America
California Art Club

Some Recent Awards

Portrait Society of America Members Only Competition, Still Life Category, Honorable Mention

Oil Painters of America Fall Salon Showcase, 2nd Place, Awarded by Dan Beck, 2014

Best Nocturne, Plein air Salon, 2014

Laguna Plein air Painters Invitational, Randy Higbee Gallery Award, 2014

Third Place, American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition, Awarded by Clayton J. Beck, III, 2014

Honorable Mention, Florida’s Forgotten Coast Plein air Quick Draw, 2014

Honorable Mention, Plein air Magazine’s Plein air Salon 2013-2014

Raymar Art Finalist, 2013, Awarded by Stephen M. Doherty

Honorable Mention, Oil Painters of America, 2013, Online Showcase, Awarded by Greg Scheibel

Award of Merit, Sedona Plein air Festival, 2013, Awarded by Jill Carver

Best Floral, Plein air Magazine Competition, 2013, Awarded by Skip Whitcomb

Honorable Mention, Cumberland Society of Painters, 2013, Awarded by Peggi Kroll-Roberts

Second Place, Plein Air Artists of Colorado, 2013, Awarded by Wm. Scott Jennings

Raymar Art Finalist, 2013, Awarded by Qiang Huang

First Place, Laguna Plein air Painters Association, Best of Plein air, 2013, Awarded by Jean Stern

Honorable Mention, Richmond Plein air Festival, 2013, Awarded by Steven Doherty

Third Place, Fast and Fresh, Richmond, VA, 2013, Awarded by Steven Doherty

Impressionist Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America National Juried Salon, Awarded by Thom Robinson, 2013

Most Original, Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America 22nd Annual National Juried Exhibition, Awarded by Sherrie McGraw, 2013

Some General Class Information:

  • We will process your payment after we get your online Registration and will email you a receipt. A $300 deposit will hold your space. Refund and Cancellation Policies are at the bottom of the Registration Form.

  • You will get a Supply List and more detailed info when you Register, and again about a month before the class.

  • If you will need mediums, let me know and I will have them here for you to buy in class. You are also welcome to ship materials ahead…ask for the address!

  • The first day, the Studio will open early…we will make sure you know the time!Classes usually run M-F, between 8:30-4:30, but the exact hours are at the Instructor’s discretion…never fewer than 6 hours total/day, but sometimes we start earlier or end later…or both!

  • We eat dinner (Dutch) somewhere as a group at least once, usually Monday nite for starters; friends, companions, hosts are welcome to come along.

  • We always have a lunch break, to use or not, it’s up to you…and a lunch plan depending on where we are painting.

  • The Plein Air plan for the day is weather-dependent and usually decided at the end of the previous day if possible, or more likely, each morning!

  • If your class is Plein Air, make sure your Class Monitors know where you have set up, and try to stay close to the demo area. Less running around for them, more time for feedback to you!

  • Our Studios are large with good light; you’ll have your own table space and you are welcome to leave equipment etc. there for the duration of the class. It may be possible to paint after hours, we’ll explain the logistics!

  • There are some steps to the main floor where the Studios are located but there is an elevator in the building if you need it.

  • There is ample free parking at the Studio building, which is within walking distance of downtown.

  • We carpool (or sometimes walk) to Plein Air painting sites, most of which have shade and at the least, a porta-potty or nearby facilities. You will get good directions and we usually caravan. Please, do NOT depend on your GPS unless we say so!

  • Each class has an experienced Monitor (or two!) as your Go-To person for any problems or needs…please ask…we all will do our absolute best to see that you have a great class experience!

  • Downtown has great galleries, shops and food and the area is full of wonderful places to paint!

  • For Lodging and Travel info, click on the buttons on the Home Page.

  • Cancellation and Refund info is at the bottom of the online Registration Form…(please do read the Policies before you check that you have!)

  • Be sure to contact us with any questions. Thanks!