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Plein Air Painting Workshop
with Jennifer McChristian
Monday - Friday
April 9 - 13, 2018


Jennifer McChristian Demonstrating Plein Air Painting at the 2016 Workshop
Jennifer McChristian Demonstrating Plein Air Painting at the 2016 Workshop


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 you to interpret the landscape in terms of 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. We 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.

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



Tuition for 5-day workshop is $650.

Students may pay in full or choose the payment-plan option during registration. The payment plan requires a non-refundable $100 deposit with the balance due 30 days before the first day of the workshop.

Note: Workshop is limited to 10 students.

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

Jennifer McChristian Teaching
Jennifer McChristian teaching a workshop at the Center

Students at last year's workshop at the Center
Pre-Columbian Clay Beads

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:



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