Going out to See: plein air painting in the Colorado landscape – D0203-18

Date: Jun 11 - 15, 2018

Skill Level(s): III i

Instructor(s): Gregory Botts

Tuition: $1,090
Studio Fee: $75
Registration Fee: $45


Experience summer in full bloom as you embark on painting outdoors in the Colorado landscape. We practice drawing not only on its own, but as the structure for our plein air paintings. In addition to painting outside, we explore the landscape paintings of Corot, Manet, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, Marsden Hartley, Milton Avery, Fairfield Porter and Richard Diebenkorn. We discuss how Alex Katz has recently put the landscape rmly back into the studio and contemporary painting. Art history and drawing together make a conversation, merging content and a new poetry that we can take back into our studios.

Media & Techniques:

Students ambitiously explore the oil painting medium while immersed in the nearby landscape. We discover how to control what can easily become a mess when painting outside.


We engage in daily critiques, and we look at our drawings and books for generating ideas. Our focus is on painting outside with guidance from the instructor. Often the instructor paints along, supplying fresh ideas.


Gregory Botts began painting in the landscape with Fairfield Porter, Jane Freilecher and Paul Georges in the 1970s. He spends half of the year in New Mexico, traveling from New York City, and painting along the way. Recently, Gregory had a show titled Southern Route at the University of Tennessee. www.gregorybotts.blogspot.com

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