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. 

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THE PAINTERLY PORTRAIT DEMONSTRATION Connecticut

Demonstration, March 15, 2018
Thursday 7:00pm - 9:000pm
Location: Gallery 25, Railroad Station, 11 Railroad Street, New Milford, Connecticut

Working from the live model, Alain will demonstrate a painterly approach to the portrait in pastel. This demonstration will include an explanation of pastel portrait techniques for creating an accurate likeness, establishing clear values, evaluating color relationships and selecting skin tones, developing a painterly style, and harnessing the power of strong design. Alain will also discuss the importance of lighting and posing the model.


 THE PAINTERLY LANDSCAPE CONNECTICUT

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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THE PAINTERLY PORTRAIT DEMONSTRATION Connecticut

Demonstration, April 11, 2018
Wednesday 7:30pm
Location: SCAN Newtown Meeting House, Newtown, Connecticut

Working from the live model, Alain will demonstrate a painterly approach to the portrait in pastel. This demonstration will include an explanation of pastel portrait techniques for creating an accurate likeness, establishing clear values, evaluating color relationships and selecting skin tones, developing a painterly style, and harnessing the power of strong design. Alain will also discuss the importance of lighting and posing the model.


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THE PAINTERLY Landscape WORKSHOP VERMONT

Three-Day Workshop, April 23-25, 2018
Monday-Wednesday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Vermont Pastel Society, Bennington, Vermont
Registration: contact Linda Masten at lindamarymasten@gmail.com

Loosen up your landscapes using the painterly approach. Learn to simplify complex scenes into clear shapes, values, and edges. Organize these shapes into strong design and color combinations using bold, expressive marks to interpret your environment for that lush painterly look. Learn innovative approaches to color through the use of underpainting techniques and interpretive color strategies that will break you out of your routine.


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THE PAINTERLY PORTRAIT WORKSHOP VERMONT

Two-Day Workshop, April 26-27, 2018
Thursday-Friday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Vermont Pastel Society, Bennington, Vermont
Registration: contact Linda Masten at lindamarymasten@gmail.com

Learn to develop lifelike portrait paintings, whether working from the live model or photographic references. We’ll cover all the techniques necessary to create stunning portraits in pastel, practicing on the live model as well as our own references. 


THE PAINTERLY PORTRAIT WORKSHOP Virginia

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

In this workshop, we will learn how to light, pose, sketch and photograph our portrait subject, and work from studies and photographic reference materials to create lifelike painterly portraits. 


THE PAINTERLY Figure Plein Air WORKSHOP Connecticut

Plain Air Workshop, June 9, 2018
Saturday 10am-5pm
Location: Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, Connecticut
Fee: $110 (model fee and gallery tour included) Registration: Register online here or use Registration Form here

Loosen up your figurative work using the painterly approach! Paint in the very place where the impressionist masters of the early 20th Century once made their summer pilgrimages to Miss Florence Griswold’s boarding house, and the Lyme Art Colony was formed. Working from observation of a clothed model outdoors, you’ll learn to simplify the complex forms of the figure and surrounding landscape into clear shapes, values, and edges. Then organize these shapes into strong design and color combinations using loose, expressive marks to interpret the subject for that lush painterly look. READ MORE>


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THE PAINTERLY LandScape WORKSHOP New York

Two-Day Workshop, July 13 & 14, 2018
Friday & Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Adirondack Pastel Society, Glens Falls, New York
Registration: Contact Lise Fuller at adkpastelsociety@gmail.com

Loosen up your landscapes using the painterly approach. Learn to simplify complex scenes into clear shapes, values, and edges. Organize these shapes into strong design and color combinations using bold, expressive marks to interpret your environment for that lush painterly look. Learn innovative approaches to color through the use of underpainting techniques and interpretive color strategies that will break you out of your routine. 


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THE PAINTERLY LandScape WORKSHOP Pennsylvania

Three-Day Workshop, August 22-24, 2018
Wednesday-Friday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: York Art Association, York, Pennsylvania
Registration: coming soon

Loosen up your landscapes using the painterly approach. Learn to simplify complex scenes into clear shapes, values, and edges. Organize these shapes into strong design and color combinations using bold, expressive marks to interpret your environment for that lush painterly look. Learn innovative approaches to color through the use of underpainting techniques and interpretive color strategies that will break you out of your routine. 


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THE PAINTERLY Portrait WORKSHOP Michigan

Three-Day Workshop, September 11-13, 2018
Tuesday-Thursday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, Michigan
Registration: coming soon at flintarts.org

In this workshop, we will learn how to light, pose, sketch and photograph our portrait subject, and work from studies and photographic reference materials to create lifelike painterly portraits. 


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LOOSENing UP WORKSHOP OHIO

Three-Day Workshop, November 2-4, 2018
Friday-Sunday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: The Art Studio, Beachwood, Ohio
Registration: Susanporges.com

Have you always wanted to explore a looser, bolder approach to painting, but just weren't sure how to accomplish this style in your own work? Hold tight, because help is on the way! This workshop will empower you with successful strategies for loosening up your work with bold marks and fresh color. We'll journey through six liberating lessons (plus one bonus lesson!) to help you break through specific obstacles that have been limiting your creative growth. Focusing on practical approaches from start to finish, I'll help you understand HOW to accomplish your goal of creating paintings that delight you and excite the viewer.


Would you like to host a workshop with Alain J. Picard in your area? 
Please email alain@picardstudio.com

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