JOE LOMBARDO 2023 Rockland Coastal Maine Plein Air!

Joe’s workshop will challenge painters of all levels to see with “new eyes,” offering comprehensive techniques for depicting natural and architectural landscape elements: light, value, atmosphere, depth, value key, value grouping, terrain, water, trees, sky, architecture, vehicles, boats, figures, edges, brushstroke, and mark-making, His lessons are eye opening, practical, succinct, and on point; you’ll learn to see the landscape and your painting more abstractly in terms of shape and color. In the Studio or on site, Joe will begin each day with a lecture and painting demo. He’ll finish up with a group critique, review, and quick recap of the days lessons, giving you a chance to reinforce and confirm what you’ve have learned. The week’s teaching sessions will cover the full range of landscape subject and technical painting challenges.Joe encourages students to work fearlessly, to loosen up and see the essence of simplified form; to forget the details and go for the “big picture.” He’ll lead you to paint with confidence, to paint with clear intent. And  show you how to see your way out of trouble!Teaching you to paint without doubt, drawing on his experience for helping to develop student success, Joe gives you everything he wished he had learned as a student!. He knows a painting mindset is important, that it is critical not treat your work as precious. If you claim it as precious, you will be slow to take risks, slow to grow. There is no such thing as a painting mistake; the only mistake is not doing the painting.Remember, plein air painting is unpredictable! Each day will present new challenges and teaching opportunities. Joe has planned a variety of instruction and interaction opportunities including critiques, demonstrations, lectures, and mini-lessons as needed. He teaches to the needs of the group and the location. From advanced-beginners to advanced level painters, Joe’s lessons will challenge you presenting new ways of seeing and understanding landscape painting. The workshop will provide instruction directed to oil or acrylic painters tho artists of any media are welcome. Only your positive attitude is required!

Joe Lombardo is inspired by color, light, and landscape, controlling palette, value, vibrancy, and temperature to create atmospheric scenes with a sense of time and place. He paints quickly without fuss using the direct, alla prima painting technique and working on-site to finish a painting in one session. Each work is an improvisational performance; pressure, changes in weather and light, the arrival of curious onlookers and time itself, yield unexpected results recorded in fresh and energetic brushstrokes that convey what was seen and experienced on location. Joe paints from general to specific and from carefree to careful; the hardest part is knowing when to stop. He uses rapid and expressive mark-making to create an interesting and dynamic paint surface while at the same time evoking the space, atmosphere, and mood of a landscape. The finished work is both a painting, made on a flat surface with brushstrokes of color, and a picture with space and light, evidence of the simultaneous dance between the flat surface of the painting and the great depth seen in a landscape.


Joseph Lombardo is an accomplished landscape painter and painting instructor. He received a MFA in painting from Bowling Green State University and studied landscape painting at the Burren College of Art in Ireland. Lombardo is a two-time ‘Best in Show’ winner at the Ohio Plein Air Competition and has served as Artist In Residence at Buffalo National River, Hot Springs National Park, and at the Glen Arbor Art Association. Lombardo teaches painting workshops internationally and is represented by Art Access Gallery in Columbus, Ohio.


Artist In Residence at Buffalo National River, Hot

Springs National Park, and at the Glen Arbor Art Association.

2020 First Place, 2020 Ohio Plein Air Competition, Columbus, Ohio

2019 Award of Excellence, 2019 Ohio Plein Air Competition, Cincinnati, Ohio

Award of Excellence, 2019 First Brush of Spring Plein Air

Competition, New Harmony, Indiana

Quick Draw Winner, 2019  Plein Air Competition, New Harmony, Indiana

2017   Award of Excellence, 2017 Ohio Plein Air Competition, Cuyahoga, Ohio

2016   Port Onieda Fair Poster Competition Winner, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park, Michigan

 3rd Place, 2016 Ohio Plein Air Competition, Cuyahoga, Ohio

2015 Best of Show, 2015 Ohio Plein Air Competition,


Instructor since 2008

Internationally plein air workshops in Tuscany, Italy and San Miguel De Allende, Mexico and many more.

11 years  Columbus College of Art And Design.

Currently Instructor at the Columbus Cultural art Center and The McConnell Art Center Columbus, Ohio


Art Access Gallery in Columbus, Ohio

Center Gallery in

Glen Arbor, Michigan.


Some General Class Information:

2023 is a Covid unknown at this point. We will make sure you know any  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 class by class depending on necessary 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…It has the answers to most of your questions!

  • If you will need mediums etc, 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 and painting site location.

  • We always have a 1 hour lunch break, to use or not, it’s up to you…and a lunch plan. You’ll order in the AM; we’ll deliver to your location…you pay in cash please, on your last day!

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

  • Our Studios are large, with good light, Rockland has waterviews and access; you’ll have your own table space and 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, but more likely, when we meet in the Studio each morning! Once on sit, make sure your Class Monitors know where you have set up; do plan to stay close to the demo area. Less running around for the instructor means more time for their feedback to you!

  • In Rockland, there is free parking on the both sides of the street by the Studio, just a few blocks from downtown. We are happy to help get you and/or your gear down and up!) the stairs from the street level deck.

  • We usually carpool to Plein Air painting sites unless we paint at the studio location, many of which have shade and at the least, a porta-potty or nearby facilities. You will get good verbal directions, GPS info, and we’ll have a hard copy of the directions on the Monitor table for you to photograph.

  • 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  Mid-Coast 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 drive around!

  • For Lodging  and Travel info, click on the buttons on the Home Page. (Scroll down there for Belfast.)

  • If you have any problems, please tell us in case we can help; we can’t fix anything if we don’t hear till you get home. And be sure to contact us with any questions. Thanks!