Wait List Only! The Modern Impressionistic Landscape! Colley Whisson


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Australia certainly produces some terrific painters/instructors. and we are very excited to bring one of their best back to Maine! Beginning in the fall of 2014, I’ve had the pleasure of spending many hours speaking with Colley on the phone; when he came in Sept 2015, I  welcomed him not just as a fine painter, but as a gentleman and a friend! And what a terrific instructor! His classes here have been  wonderful! 

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Colley paints to give expression to visual ideas, not copy nature: “It is not what you paint but how you paint it.” Capturing light, painting with quick precision to convey the  clearest, purest message possible and always striving to put down a loose, spontaneous response, Colley loves to use his brush “like Zorro’s sword, dashing in darks and marvelous highlights with all possible confidence and skill.”

  Sounds like an Aussie…we are delighted to have him with us again! 


whisson 11041434_1602551993302919_3834648458447431770_nwhisson 13095_1570667086491410_5000114278713659492_nColley will help you establish a personal working foundation to support your exploration of the world of Modern Impressionism. He’ll address tonal  values, composition, color and brushwork, giving special attention to the importance of edges and the play between hard and soft which give a painting subtle depth and drama. These are the tools that allow you to move into strong impressionistic expression. His Plein Air demos will let you see his approach to painting outside; you’ll also have plenty of time to work on your own, with lots of individual help. And, he’ll do a still life demo to show how these techniques can enhance whatever you paint.

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12011300_1639364476288337_4532301075216340256_nColley will conduct the workshop step-by-step so you can see him construct a painting from start to finish. He will then analyze yours, giving you an abundance of insightful information & tailoring an individual program to help assist your lift to the next level. He is a pleasure to study with, soft-spoken, full of info, attention and most generous with his time. 

Colley’s relaxed Australian manner ensures his workshops are positive and uplifting, a great environment for learning! You’ll love working with him! We do!


whisson 20150907_145819Colley Whisson is an internationally recognized artist born in 1966 and raised in the northern regions of Brisbane, Australia. He started oil painting at 20 and held his first Solo Exhibition at  24. His early career was guided by his father, respected Queensland artist Eric Whisson.  Colley has held over 25 Solo Exhibitions and has had many magazine articles, books and DVD’S published. He loves the challenge of pushing himself to find new subjects to paint. In the near future, he will travel extensively, to the USA, Europe, New Zealand, the UK, China, Russia & Greece, doing workshops along the way and happy to carry the tag as one of Australia’s finest Impressionist painters. 

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!