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Plein Air Painting Workshop
with Jennifer McChristian
Monday - Friday
April 6 - 10, 2015


Ascent Into Elysian
Jennifer McChristian, Ascent Into Elysian
Oil on canvas panel | 9" h x 7" w

Join award-winning artist Jennifer McChristian in this fun and invigorating 5-day plein-air painting workshop. The aim of this workshop is to teach interpretation of the landscape in paint, using light and color to create form. Color relationships, design/composition, simplifying and the benefits of painting outdoors will be discussed, as well as how to design and build a painting that carries an emotional impact. The workshop will focus on values, shapes, edges and color as well as paint handling and materials. The instructor will offer a brief demonstration each day and advice on a one-on-one basis in the field. Additionally, there will be class discussions and critique of work so that participants will learn from individual instruction as well as each other.

Jennifer McChristian Teaching
Jennifer McChristian teaching a workshop at the Center

Students at last year's workshop at the Center
Students at Jennifer McChristian's
workshop at the Center
Pre-Columbian Clay Beads
Artist demo at previous workshop
at the Center

In the event of inclement weather students must bring with them several reference photographs of landscapes. 

Artist Bio:

Jennifer was born in Montreal, Canada and moved to California in 1986. She earned a BFA from Otis Art Institute in 1990. Jennifer worked full-time as an animation artist at various studios throughout Los Angeles and served in the military service for five years, while continuing to pursue her artistic aspirations. She also studied with Robert Blue, Karl Dempwolf and Steve Huston. Jennifer currently paints full-time and is dedicated to a lifelong pursuit of creative evolution and exploration. For more info on the artist please visit:

General Workshop Info:

Tuition for 5-day workshop is $650.

Contact Jennifer at to get a registration form and to reserve your space today!  


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