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Insalaco and Vinson Introduction to Plein Air Painting in Oil is a Program

Insalaco and Vinson Introduction to Plein Air Painting in Oil


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Full program description

Time: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Date(s): May 21-22 (Saturday – Sunday)

Course Number: #6162

Tuition: $290

Workshop description


The qualities of fugitive light and shifting atmospheric conditions in the landscape make “plein air” the most challenging type of painting. The need to work quickly requires that the technique and approach adopted be distinct from studio painting. This short workshop will focus on the formal elements of spatial construction in a carefully observed landscape. Students will be shown how to analyze natural space in terms of light (value) and air (atmospheric perspective).  The technical method introduced will derive from the 18th century open air tradition in the sequence of paint application and use of paper as a surface but will stress contemporary abstract principles of color contrasts to create form and space within a composition.


In the event of rain, the class will take place in the artists' studio.


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