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Plein Air: Landscapes Workshop

Instructor: John Preston

Class Fee:$225.00

Two-Day Intense Workshop. Simplifying plein air painting to capture a sense of natural light and atmosphere as stand alone work or studio reference. Oil, pastel, or watercolor. Participants will learn to see “painterly”: converting what one sees to simple marks in a variety of media and recognizing the visual elements that matter to picture making.

Class Time: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM with a lunch break from noon – 1:00 PM.  Bring a sack lunch or order from a local restaurant.

Location: Class location will be determined by the instructor the week prior to class. John will notify students by phone or email.

Class Fee: $225. per student
                    $35 Optional Renewal Credit through Great Prairie AEA. Please register here: after you have completed your registration with Villages Folk School and paid $225 for the class.  Contact Michelle Dickey at Great Prairie AEA if you have questions about registering for renewal credit. 319-753-656

Class Size: 3 minimum / 10 maximum

Materials: Workshop is open to all mediums.  John can demonstrate in watercolor, oil or pastels.  Please contact John for a suggested list of materials in your preferred medium.  (641 451-4704 or email

Upcoming Classes...

  • Saturday, Jul. 9th, 2022 and Sunday, Jul. 10th, 2022 from 9:00am until 4:00pm
    Additional Details: Two-Day intense Workshop covering all mediums.
    Location: Rose Garden Along Des Moines River - 29000 Hawk Drive • Bentonsport, IA 52565 [Map]
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