workshops & plein air events

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Upcoming Workshops & plein air events 


Photoshop for Artists

Jul 16, 23, 30

& Aug 6

Fee: $450

Special rate for NOAPS members ONLY - $380. Register here for the discount:

From 10am to 12pm EST

Instructor: Yana Beylinson

The workshop will give artists the tools for adjusting their photo reference and preparing it for painting and drawing. Using Photoshop effectively will bridge the gap that many artists have between taking photographs and using it as a good reference for artwork


Another important goal of the class is to teach to “think” in Photoshop - to visualize your ideas, however complex they might be.


We will also talk about adjusting the photos you take of your completed artwork. 

An assignment will be given out every week and reviewed individually with each participating student.

Additionally, each student will receive one-on-one help with their ongoing projects. Please prepare your current references so that we could go over then.

In total, each student will receive 2 hours of private instruction in addition to the class time. All individual times will be scheduled prior to beginning of class.

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Portrait Sketch from Life

September 7-9th

Please join me for a three day workshop in Missoula, Montana this September seventh through the ninth on how to paint a quick portrait from life.

The workshop will consist of demonstration, lecture and painting from life. The number of students is limited to allow me adequate time to critique and guide each student through the process of painting from a live model.



Here is a list of what you will need to bring to the workshop and where you can get them. I try to keep it to the basics so you aren't required to spend too much money. I buy everything online, so there shouldn't be a problem with where to go to get these items.


Ease:l  Really, just about anything will work, but portable is definitely a plus. I'm assuming most of you are already equipped, but here are a few sources to buy easels I like.


Brushes:  If you have a preference go with it, but I may lend you a brush or two if I feel your lack of the right tools is getting in the way of your progress. I have three brush sets available through Trekell if you want to see what I would recommend. You can just buy one of the sets or look at them to see if you can buy something similar somewhere else. Here is the link


Paints:  Again, this is flexible to your experience and preferences, but I will give you some guidelines. I want you to have what works for you. Archivability isn't necessary in class exercises.

-White- Any white will work, but I use Titanium in various forms. You will need a large tube; 120 ml or 5 ounces.

-Cad Yellow Light, SHiva Yellow Pale or Hansa Yellow Light. These are optional and any of the three will work.

-Yellow Ochre is a must

-Asphaltum or Transparent Oxide Brown is a must. If you have another dark transparent brown that you like it will probably do.

-Ultra Marine Blue or Paynes Gray is a must.

-Red- If you want to go bare minimum any one of the following reds will work Cad Red, Cad Red Light, Permanent Red Medium, Quinacridone Red,

If you want to have a little more flexibility add a cool red (Alizarin, Quinacridone Rose, Permanent Rose, Red Lake, Magenta) would all be fine.

There are other colors I use that aren't necessary, but a couple of useful ones are Olive Green, Terra Rosa, Sap Green, Titanium Buff, Blush, Brilliant Blue, Naples Yellow and Indian Yellow.


There are some colors I ask you not to bring because they usually create more problems than they are worth. No Pthalo Blue or Pthalo Green please. I do occasionally use them for the rare instance I want to do something extreme that only they can provide, but those instances are rare and preferential. If you want further explanation, I will be happy to address it in class.

There are a lot of good paint brands out there and it's hard to say why one is better than the other, especially for a class situation. Having said that, my go to brand is Gamblin. They are a good ballance of quality, availability, consistency and affordability. I usually buy most of my art materials from Trekell, Dick Blick or Jerry's Artarama. Links below.


Brush Washer

Please get one if you don't have one. It needs to be 100% sealable. PLEASE don't bring a glass coil jar. I've had way too many mishaps with them breaking and leaking. My favorite is made by Holbein and has three latches. It's the only one I've ever had that doesn't leak under any circumstances, but I can't find it any more.

Paper towels or shop towels Bring at least a large roll, but two is better. I like VIVA the best. (Some will also be provided)

Brush Cleaning Solvent:  Gamsol will be provided by NOAPS.  Please, no other solvents due to chemical sensitivities.

Pallet Knife: If you have one you like that doesn't fit this description then bring it. If you want my suggestion, go with one with a teardrop or diamond shaped head between one and a half and two and a half inches.

Painting Surfaces:  If you have a surface you really like, bring it. However, I would steer away from the cotton canvas. If you want to save some money and you have access to a table saw, you can prime any smooth board with Zinsser 1.2.3 or BIN primer that you can get at any home improvement or hardware store. I prefer BIN, but 123 is water based so it dries a bit faster and doesn't smell as much.

Bring at least three 11x14 to 12x16 panels and at least three 6x8 to 8x10s. You can't have too many.

Other Stuff:  I highly advise that you bring a camera (your phone will probably suffice), a sketchbook, a water bottle, and some of your work so I can see where you are at and what your goals are.




Painting Holiday Italy 

September 18-25

Join me for an amazing painting adventure at the Luxury Boutique Hotel Leone in Le Marche, Italy. You’ll be inspired by this captivating, medieval hilltop town. Surrounded by art and culture, an amazing coastline with hidden beaches, patchwork quilt countryside and stunning mountain ranges! This inspiring painting holiday is designed to release the inner artist for both experienced painters and beginners.


Hotel Leone is located in the historic centre of Montelparo in Central Italy. With 11 luxury, en-suite bedrooms. Bring a partner – even if they’re not participating in the painting.

About Le Marche:

Course Details

The workshop is designed to be a stimulating and stress-free, experience for beginners to advanced students. Everything has been carefully organized so all you need to do is paint and enjoy the wonderful experience of visiting Italy. Painting location are carefully chosen for scenic beauty and class size is limited for plenty of one on one instruction. You’ll develop the skills necessary to translate light into the language of paint. All Levels Welcome: Sketching, oils, watercolor and acrylics

Topics Covered:

  • Composition, understanding and simplifying shapes 

  • Laying down a foundation quickly and confidently

  • Creating and developing a focal point

  • Color mixing to create atmospheric perspective


Welcome reception and informational meet and greet on day one.  Each day begins with a lecture and demonstration on the fundamentals of painting.  There will be plenty of painting time, personal instruction, and group critiques to promote your progress. We will end the week with a farewell dinner.  A detailed itinerary will be furnished upon registration.           


Painting holiday prices start from €1,950 per person which includes the following:

  • 7 nights luxury en-suite accommodation - see our rooms here

  • Local transportation including group transfers to and from either Ancona airport or Pedaso (station or bus stop)*

  • All meals including breakfast, lunch or gourmet picnics on location and evening meals

  • Delicious local house wine with lunch and evening meal

  • 5 days painting tuition including 3 days’ excursions to stunning locations

  • one day "Taste of Le Marche" excursion visiting artisanal cheese, olive oil and wine producers with tours and tastings

  • Unlimited use of lockable studio

  • Easels, boards and painting chairs supplied


*On the day of arrival we organize pick up times based on the groups arrival times either into Ancona airport or at the local train or coach stops. We will do our very best to make sure nobody has to wait for too long but please be aware we will be picking up other members of the group whose arrival times may not necessary coincide perfectly with your own and we ask for your patience.

If you are arriving at a time that really doesn’t tie in with the group or arriving a day or so earlier we can arrange for a taxi to pick you up.  The cost of a taxi is in the region of €150.  If there is anybody else arriving doing the same we will arrange it so that you can share the transport costs.

Similarly for departure, for retreats the rooms are to be vacated by 10:00 on the morning of departure.  Departure time will be set based on the majority of the group.  Again we will do our very best to accommodate everyone.

About Eli


Eli Cedrone is an award-winning artist from Boston and Bermuda. A graduate of the School of Art & Design, (Suffolk University) she also studied in Florence, Italy; The Museum of Fine Arts School and The Academy of Realist Art, Boston. She is the recipient of several fellowships and has participated in juried invitationals in the US and abroad.


"I've always been influenced by the power of images to express ideas and emotions. Painting is a process of discovery and decision making where disparate elements pull together until the image is clearly expressed. Ultimately my concerns are with the expressive qualities of light captured with paint.


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