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Insalaco and Vinson Elements of Landscape


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Full program description

Time: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Date(s): May 23-27 (Monday-Friday)

Course Number: #6212

Tuition: $425

Workshop description


Adapting an 18th century approach by French artist PH Valenciennes to plein air painting designed to assist artists in studio composition, Elements of Landscape will be organized around studying the components, or “elements”, of the Central Park landscape separately. We will restrict ourselves to three elements during the five-day program: trees, clouds and skies, rocks. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday we will meet at the Art Students League for a slide lecture of paintings featuring the subject element.  A technical approach to painting each will be suggested. Lectures will be followed by a painting session at specified locations in Central Park. On Tuesday and Thursday, we will meet directly in the park.   Demonstrations will be part of the program, but it is recommended that participants have prior painting experience.  Consistent with the Valenciennes method we will use paper as a support for oil studies.  In the event of rain, we will visit the Met to view examples of work from this tradition and continue to work in the classroom. Oil painting experience required.


About the Instructors


Maddine Insalaco (MFA New York Academy of Art) and Joe Vinson (BA Ringling School of Art, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), divide their life between New York City and Tuscany where they have taught landscape painting since 1995. They are established experts in the history of open air painting and its connection to modern art. The couple has published, lectured, curated, and exhibited on the subject in diverse forums such as the American Artist, Plein Air, Sotheby’s, the National Academy of Design, the Palm Springs Art Museum,  the  Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon, GA, and the Jerusalem Studio School, among others.  Their work has been shown extensively in solo and group exhibitions in the USA, Italy, and France.  For more detailed information: , and