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, December 6, 2017
Wednesday 6:00-8:00pm
Location: Cheshire Art League, Cheshire, 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.


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...


 Loosen up CLASS CONNECTICUT

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. 


 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 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

Three-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: coming soon

 


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: click 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>


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.