Workshops

DAN GRAZIANO Sorry…Class is closed

Belfast classes will now meet at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast and are limited to 14 students!

Dan Graziano captures the hidden beauty found in the unexpected places & fleeting moments of everyday life.

Incorporating dramatic light, shadow, color and perspective, his urban compositions feature the visual diversity of time worn buildings and multiple layers of decay, renewal and adaptation which proudly display the effects of time as well as the qualities of strength and authenticity.  (An accomplished blues player, Dan also found these visuals a parallel to his music.) It is his eye, plus his sensitivity and level of skill that he brings to your workshop. Belfast, with its great variety and age of architectural subjects, is a perfect painting venue for Dan to share his abundant knowledge. 

Whether you are a beginner picking up a brush for the first time, returning to art after a long time away from the easel, or keeping up with the challenge of painting regularly, (which is truly, how you become a painter!) and wanting a thorough refresher, this workshop is designed to be informative, fun and stimulating. Dan will start off with a discussion on the “basics” of painting from materials to paint handling.  He’ll go on to address the fundamentals of composition, color, value, edges and perspective. There is always something new to learn from this regardless of your experience: reclarification, reinforcement or a foundation!

Dan will guide you thru all the steps of producing paintings that capture the sense of scene, whatever the subject and time of day.

Dan will focus on painting plein air (outdoors from life) including how to develop greater skills of observation, simplification, and quickly painting “wet on wet” (alla prima,) all designed to help you translate what you see and experience into strong paintings. and he’ll do a short daily demo.

You’ll paint two alla prima paintings outdoors at different locations each day, weather permitting. Dan’s basic goal for each day of this workshop will be help you develop the ability to create expressive, accurate and “painterly” paintings! And, not to worry, we have studio space in which to work if need be.

“I paint the places and environments I find interesting in my everyday life. I look for unique compositions which involved dramatic contrasts of light, shadow and perspective. I continue to be intrigued by the urban landscapes of inner cities…their active streets, time worn buildings and multiple layers of decay, renewal and adaptation  that proudly display the effects of age and use, which I see as testaments to strength, character and authenticity in contrast with modern society’s demand for newness, imitation, disposability and easy duplication. The diversity of my subjects range from a simple still life to rugged coastlines, active urban life, lively cafes and bars, small rural towns and forgotten roadside relics.”


Dan Graziano is an award winning, nationally exhibited artist. A native of Chicago, Graziano spent his formative years in Los Angeles where his artistic vision began taking shape.His creative pursuits were heavily influenced by the country’s explosive political, cultural and social awakening of the 60’s along with a fascination of the California culture of surfing, hot rods and rock music. While he initially focused on a career in advertising and illustration, an unexpected opportunity to engage in a

      1. Some General Class Information:

We will make sure you know our 2022 Covid protocols well ahead; please be assured that we will do everything we can to provide a safe environment for you! Compliance with our protocols is required. We’ll decide on carpooling depending on necessary 2022 Covid protocols.

  • Do bring layers for 3 seasons and rain gear…Maine weather changes in a blink and we really never know with any certainty from day to day! We’re fairly informal most everywhere tho, depending on where you eat out…many times, students just clean up in the studio, then head straight to a restaurant…

  • We‘ll process your payment after we get your online Registration and will email you a receipt. A $300 deposit will hold your space. Cancellation and Refund info is at the bottom of the Registration Form…(please do read the Policies before you check that you have!)

  • We’ll send a Supply List and more detailed info after you Register, and again about 2 weeks before the class. Print and tuck into your painting kit…then you’ll know where to find it all! It has the answers to most of your questions!

  • If you will need mediums, let me know and I will have them here for you to buy when you get to class. You are also welcome to ship materials to arrive the week before…ask about details!

  • The first day, the Studio will open at 8:15 AM… Classes run M-F usually between 8:30-4:30, but the exact hours are at the Instructor’s discretion…always an average of 6 hours/day, but starting and ending times may vary according to your instructor.

  • We always have a 1 hr lunch break, to use or not, it’s up to you…and a lunch plan depending on where we are painting. We order in the AM and deliver to your location…you pay in cash on the last day before you leave!

  • We no longer provide bottled water: make sure you have at least one refillable water bottle! Tap water is fine to drink…

  • Our Studios are large, with good light, one with waterviews; you’ll have table space and you are welcome to leave equipment etc. there for the duration of the class. 

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

  • There is free parking at or near the Studio buildings.

  • We usually carpool  (or sometimes walk if it’s close) to Plein Air painting sites, many of which have shade and at the least, a porta-potty or nearby facilities. You will get good directions. 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, many accessible to the single painter that a class can’t utilize…if you can, take a look around!

  • For Lodging (scroll down that page for Belfast) and Travel info, click on the buttons on the Home Page.

  • If you have any problems, tell us!! We can’t fix anything if we don’t hear till you get home. Be sure to contact us with any questions. Thanks!