Painting Plein Air with Purpose! Larry Moore



moore 9fd28da479833046f1bde3ba3c6d2f97downloadIn this class, you’ll work on the process of creating powerful, thoughtful works on location all around Maine’s beautiful Mid-Coast area. This is way more than a “how to paint stuff to look like stuff” class! It’s a class about creating with purposeful intent, deep thinking, about developing and perfecting an idea, refining your strengths and working to eliminate or at least reduce your weaknesses. It’s also about having Larry’s expert, energetic, humorous guidance all the way. You’ll love it! 


 Moore just another baylarry_moore4Everyone comes with a different set of problems, strengths, and concerns. Larry will help you identify and perfect the basic components in a good painting: color, value, drawing, shape, form, edge, hierarchy, handling of the medium, brushwork, surface & narrative. Larry will focus the first half of the class on discovery and methods of execution, then  move on to further refinement with purpose, concept and a system designed to get you there, wherever “there” might be, more quickly. 

noplacelikehome Moore cozy harborYou’ll start with a series of sketches, value studies, color, composition and new ways to block in an idea. Larry brings information and humor; you’ll laugh a lot while your mind is being blown!”

A great hint from Larry: Do get some drawing and painting experience under your belt in the months before you come; it will really help you! Since you have time between now and the class, practice drawing a lot but play with color separately. You’ll learn both faster and be on your game when you get here!


LarryMoorePhoto_imgLarry Moore is an accomplished artist and instructor who brings a wealth of knowledge and creative problem-solving tools to the classroom, from his 35 years as a nationally recognized illustrator (Gold Medalist, Society of Illustrators, New York), and his 20 years as an instructor: (Illustration, Critical Thinking, The Visual Language, Color Theory,  Finding Your Voice, Abstraction from Nature, Plein air classes galore and a variety of studio-based classes). He has worked extensively in every medium: watercolor, gouache, acrylics, pastel and his personal favorite, oil so he can help you no matter what you bring. Larry has spent 35 years as a Plein air painter and published articles in American Artist Workshop magazine, Plein Air Magazine, American Art Collector, Pastel Magazine and Create Magazine. He has honed his communication skills to express solutions in an understandable and digestible way so that you go home with tools to create on your own and be your own best critic. Larry has worked hard on developing practical color systems, methods and thought processes to both speed up the creative process and skirt the mental speed bumps we all have. He will demo in oil but can help you with whatever medium you choose to bring to the class. Larry has just published a new book and a print version workbook: check them out! 

Fishing for Elephants explains the creative processes of art and life with a conversational, humorous, and informative voice. While it is geared towards artists, it is not a how to paint something to look like something book. It’s a how to think for yourself, move forward, get out of your comfort zone, get out of your own way, define your voice, refine your voice, focus on those characteristics of creating that are authentic to you and try new directions kind of book for all levels. Designed to help you discover new artistic directions and open the neural pathways to creative problem-solving, Fishing for Elephants is presented in two halves. The first contains everything you need to know about the process of creativity; what keeps you from it, what it is, how to use it and how to get unstuck. It’s flipping all your light switches on kind of stuff. The truth is anyone can be more creative with just a few easy steps. The second half, VoiceFinding, is the first half put into action for artists who want to get to their core authentic self, or just want to push out a little. There are more than 150 examples and unconventional exercises designed to break this process into bite-sized chunks so your genius skill-set will expand exponentially. It’s year-long class in a workbook format, with areas to answer creative challenges, set goals, write artist’s statements, sketch out ideas, apply processes like free association, mind maps, reportage, mixed-media, and continuous line drawing in new and thought-challenging ways. Larry Moore.


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!