Develop your creative potential

Are you looking to loosen up with a bold mark-making approach, or learn new strategies to bring fresh color to your paintings? Whether you work in portrait, landscape or still life, Alain is passionate about teaching you breakthrough techniques that will elevate your work to new levels. During his workshop demonstrations and guided instruction, Alain shares everything he’s learned over 20 years as a professional artist… all in a relaxed, fun and encouraging environment.

Find a workshop near you, and be inspired. All levels are welcome, beginner to advanced.

Alain is an excellent teacher. I really enjoyed the workshop. I think I had a color breakthrough! - Frances D. 

SCotland Paintaway WORKSHOP 

One-Week Workshop, July 22-29, 2018
Location:  Perthshire, Scotland

Journey to the gateway of the Highlands for a weeklong paint away in beautiful Perthshire, Scotland. From majestic mountain views and scenic valleys to the stunning waters and historic castles of this magical destination, there is so much to inspire your creativity. Subjects will include landscape, portrait, and more as we explore outdoor locations to paint, sketch and photograph, as well as enjoy focused painting time in our dedicated studio space at the Duchally Hotel & Country Estate. LEARN MORE...


Three-Day Workshop, October 26-28, 2017
Thursday-Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Newtown, Connecticut
Registration: Please visit

In this workshop, students will work from a live model as well as photographs, learning how to light, pose, and photograph the subject to create lifelike painterly portraits on UART Premium Sanded Pastel Paper.


Three-Day Workshop, November 17- 19, 2017
Friday - Sunday 9:00am-4:30pm
Location: The Goshen School of Art,  Goshen NJ
Registration: A FEW SPACES LEFT! Deadline to register is October 20th, call 609.465.5161 to reserve your spot!

Have you always wanted to create a portrait of your loved one—be it a friend, child, grandchild, or spouse? Perhaps you are looking to develop your working process as a commissioned artist. Whether for business or pleasure, Alain will show you how to create lifelike painterly portraits using reference photographs and life study. Working from the Landscape is welcome, too.


Six Lessons in Loosening Up, February 21- March 28, 2018 (snow date April 4, 2018)
Class A) Wednesdays 9:30am-12:00pm, Class B) Wednesdays 7:00pm-9:30pm
Location: Southbury, Connecticut
Fee: $325- Register by December 1 for discounted rate of $295
Registration: Register online here or use Registration Form here

Do you want to loosen up your paintings with a bold mark-making approach? This class offers six lessons in loosening up that will give you tangible strategies from start to finish to help you get there. Alain will begin each class with an introduction and mini-lesson on the day’s theme, followed by class exercises that will stretch your style toward a bolder, looser approach. Walking through six themes and focusing on your development, this class is very practical, helping you understand HOW to accomplish your goal of creating paintings that delight you and excite the viewer. Class size is limited to 6 students, with personal mentoring throughout. Register today. 


Three-Day Workshop, May 18- 20, 2018
Friday - Sunday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Mid Atlantic Pastel Society, Richmond, Virginia
Registration: coming soon


Weekend Workshop, April 6 & 7, 2018
Friday 7:00-9:00pm, Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Newtown, Connecticut
Fee: $125    Registration: Register online here or use Registration Form here

Loosen up your landscapes using the painterly approach. Learn to simplify complex scenes into clear shapes, values, and edges. Learn more...

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Loved this workshop. I've been trying to achieve this style, and finally an artist showed me how! -Chris K.