Plein Air Landscape in Oils! David P. Curtis

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 In the Window 20x16The Cove 14 x 18 oc David P CurtisDavid P. Curtis (Gloucester MA,) a much-loved Cape Ann instructor , graciously agreed to cover a class in 2015 when the scheduled instructor could not come at the last minute, and blew everybody out of the water! The students, good painters with lots of workshop experience, were unanimous in their praise, saying it was absolutely the best class they had ever taken. I hear this all the time from students who have taken a class with David, wherever he has taught!

We are very happy to welcome David back to Maine! He is ready for the challenge of showing you how to paint this beautiful area, working both onsite and in the studio!

Curtis perpetual.w600h600perpetual.w600h600Dream Like Oil 16x20 David P. CurtisDavid says the impression of light on form, which in turn creates half-tones and shadows, is a perceptive way to understand seeing…and you have to be able to see before you can paint! His thorough and focused instruction will sharpen your eye; his mastery of value and color will help bring your work to a new level of accomplishment. David will lecture, perhaps do a demo tho he would rather work directly with you, providing an abundance of daily individual instruction plus several group critiques. His class is rich with information and attention plus plenty of time to paint on your own; you are in for a treat!  A favorite quote of David’s: The challenge of  painting out of doors, directly from nature, should be a joyous experience. Nature, with all her whims and vagaries of moods and weather, creates so many beautiful moments — both visual and emotional — that we are sometimes overwhelmed with material. We must work towards developing a better understanding of what makes a good composition and how to translate our vision onto canvas using color, tone and value.”Solitary 12x24
david curtisPrimarily a plein air landscape painter, Curtis has won numerous awards for his work, including Yankee Magazine’s Robb Sagendorph Memorial Award (Copley Society of Boston),  A.T. Hibbard Memorial Awards for Landscape (RAA),  Frank Benson Awards (GBA) andMarguerite Neuhauser Shafer Memorial Awards (NSAA). His work is shown and collected internationally, and he is listed in Who’s Who in the East. Curtis has been instructing outdoor oil painting classes and workshops since 1993 and his Saturday morning Cape Ann classes draw students from near and far!. 
 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!