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1-day Workshop: Finding Values in the Plein Air Landscape

November 7, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm


You know the adage: “Value does all the work; color gets all the credit”. I’d say “values” in your painting play as important a role as composition. And a good composition is the foundation for a good painting. Let’s focus on finding values in plein air!

I’ll start this class doing a short value sketch demo on paper, in order to establish the value design in a given scene. Each of you will do the same and we’ll have a value “roadmap” for our paintings.

The location will be Old Lakeville Road #3 in Petaluma, where we’ll have an opportunity to paint a variety of subject matter, including barns, old farmhouses, farm animals and the beautiful Sonoma County landscape. Old Lakeville Road #3 is a horseshoe shaped road, which intersects with Lakeville Highway in two places. Let’s meet close to the northernmost intersection of Old Lakeville Road #3 and Lakeville Highway.

The workshop is for beginning and intermediate plein air painters that want to learn the process and best practices for painting outdoors in the landscape. I’ll work with you individually in a hands-on, step-by-step fashion, guiding you from start to finish of your painting. I’ll focus on aspects of the process including composition, drawing, color, paint handling, and in particular: VALUE!

There will be a limit of 10 students in the workshop.

Materials: A materials list will be emailed to you once you’ve registered, in advance of the workshop. In addition to sketching materials, paints, canvases and brushes, you will need to bring a portable easel.

Cost of workshop: $80. This amount is refundable in full up 2 weeks prior to the workshop.

To register: email me and let me know you’d like to register for the workshop. Then you can either pay the registration fee on PayPal (you don’t need to be a member of PayPal to do so; just go on and send the money to bruce@brucekatzstudio.com) or send me a check to my home address.


November 7, 2019
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Bruce Katz


Lakeville Highway & Old Lakeville Rd #3
Petaluma, CA United States + Google Map