Spring Plein Air Classes

April 10, 2017

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MANAKINTOWNE WORKSHOP AT HUGUENOT SPRINGS
Saturday, May 13, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM 
$115

Enjoy a day in the country working en plein air at historic Huguenot Springs in Powhatan, the sister property of Manakintowne Farm. The site offers beautiful old shade trees and a mature garden filled with peonies and irises. This year in addition to our oil pastel workshop, we are happy to have visiting artist Rudi Winebrenner (a.k.a. Maruta Racenis) joining us for a watercolor workshop. Our day includes a break for Jo’s gourmet farm lunch and leisurely conversation. Workshop descriptions follow; please choose either oil pastel or watercolor at sign up. Experienced students may work in other media (such as oils, acrylic, or soft pastel) as well.

Oil Pastel: Some previous drawing experience is helpful, but experience with oil pastel is not required. All drawing supplies are provided (included in tuition), making this a good opportunity to try out a new medium. Those continuing with oil pastel are welcome to bring their own supplies. For those just beginning in oil pastel, the day begins with a short introduction and demo while continuing students can pick a site and begin working. Individual instruction will be given to all throughout the day.

Watercolor: Open to experienced watercolor students only. Work with watercolor free and loose to capture the beauty of Jo’s spring garden under the guidance of our visiting artist, Rudi Winebrenner. Rudi has taught at the VMFA Studio School, and you probably know her as the former owner of Main Art, our favorite (and sorely missed!) local source for art supplies. You can have a look at her work here: www.marutaracenis.com.

Tuition for the day is $115. At sign-up, please specify which medium you want to work with. Please sign up early as space is limited. More information will be sent upon registration.

For sign up or questions contact me here.

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MAY MORNINGS PLEIN AIR DRAWING CLASS

Thursdays, May 4, 11, 18, and 25; 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM;  $120

 
I will be offering this plein air class again this year on four Thursday mornings in May. Bring your oil pastels and paint sticks (or the medium of your choice) down to Pony Pasture Park at the James River for the first class.  For subsequent classes we will visit other sites including Maymont and Virginia House, according to class preference. Please sign up with me soon, no later than April 30.  Contact me here for sign up or more information and questions. If you are new to working outside, I am happy to answer any questions you might have regarding supplies you will need. More information will be sent upon registration. Enjoy a quiet morning at the River. Sign up with a friend! 
 

Manakintowne Workshop

September 14, 2016

 

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MANAKINTOWNE PLEIN AIR DRAWING WORKSHOP 

Saturday, October 22,  9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Enjoy a day of plein air drawing with oil pastel at the Powhatan farm of Manakintowne Specialty Growers.  After gathering for a demo, students will choose a work site among the fields.  At the mid-day break, a farm lunch (from the fields!) will be provided along with good company.  After lunch, students may begin a new drawing or continue with the morning work. Some drawing experience is helpful, but experience with oil pastel is not required.  This is a good opportunity to try a new medium, as all drawing materials are provided. Those already working with oil pastel may want to bring additional supplies, and experienced students may work in their medium of choice. Tuition for the day is $115. Space is limited, so sign up  soon. Contact me here if you are interested!

Draw Outside!

April 14, 2016

May is around the corner, and it is time to sign up for a plein air workshop or class. The Manakintowne Workshop at the Springs will be May 14 and the May Mornings classes will be held on Thursday mornings in May. Details for both are given below. If you are interested, contact me here (through the comment feature), through Facebook, or any other way you might know!

 

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MANAKINTOWNE WORKSHOP:

A PLEIN AIR DRAWING WORKSHOP AT HUGUENOT SPRINGS

Saturday, May 14,  9:30 AM – 3:30 PM 

$115

Enjoy a day in the country drawing en plein air with oil pastels at historic Huguenot Springs in Powhatan, the sister property of Manakintowne Farm. The site offers beautiful old shade trees and a mature garden filled with peonies and irises. Some previous drawing experience is helpful, but experience with oil pastel is not required. All drawing supplies are provided, making this a good opportunity to try out a new medium. Those continuing with oil pastel are welcome to bring their own drawing supplies, and experienced students may bring their preferred medium. The day begins with a short introduction and demo, and then students select a morning work site. We break for a gourmet farm lunch and good conversation. After lunch students may either continue with the morning drawing or begin another. Tuition is $115 and includes lunch and drawing materials for the day. More information will be sent upon registration. Sign up early!

 

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MAY MORNINGS PLEIN AIR DRAWING CLASS
Thursdays, May 5, 12, 19, and 26, 9:00-12:00
 
$120
 
I will be offering this plein air class again this year on four Thursday mornings in May. Bring your oil pastels and paint sticks (or the medium of your choice) down to Pony Pasture Park at the James River for the first class.  For subsequent classes we will visit other sites including Maymont and Virginia House, according to class preference. Please sign up with me soon, no later than April 30. More information will be sent upon registration. Enjoy a quiet morning at the River. Sign up with a friend! 

Time flies! It has been such a long time since I last wrote a post that it is already time for the fall drawing workshop. This is always a lovely day out at the farm with beautiful surroundings, good company, and fabulous food. Details are below. There are still spaces left; bring a friend and sign up soon!

MANAKINTOWNE PLEIN AIR DRAWING WORKSHOP 

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Saturday, October 24,  9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Enjoy a day of plein air drawing with oil pastel at the Powhatan farm of Manakintowne Specialty Growers.  After gathering for a demo, students will choose a work site among the fields.  At the mid-day break, a farm lunch (from the fields!) will be provided along with good company.  After lunch, students may begin a new drawing or continue with the morning work. Some drawing experience is helpful, but experience with oil pastel is not required.  This is a good opportunity to try a new medium, as all drawing materials are provided. Those already working with oil pastel may want to bring additional supplies, and experienced students may work in their medium of choice. Tuition for the day is $115. If you would like to sign up or if you have questions, you can contact me here by making a comment or find me on Facebook.

May Plein Air Classes

April 9, 2015

Spring has sprung at last! My tulips are ready to open any day. So collect your drawing supplies, grab a hat, and sign up for the Manakintowne Workshop or the May Mornings drawing class, or both! Details are below.

MANAKINTOWNE WORKSHOP:

A PLEIN AIR DRAWING WORKSHOP AT HUGUENOT SPRINGS 

A perfect Mother’s Day gift for your favorite mom!

Saturday, May 9,  9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Enjoy a day in the country drawing plein air with oil pastel at historic Huguenot Springs in Powhatan, the sister property of Manakintowne Farm. The site offers beautiful old shade trees and a mature garden filled with peonies and irises. Some previous drawing experience is helpful, but experience with oil pastel is not required. All drawing supplies are provided, making this a good opportunity to try out a new medium. Those continuing with oil pastel are welcome to bring their own drawing supplies. The day begins with a short introduction and demo, and then students select a morning work site. We break for Jo’s gourmet farm lunch and good conversation. After lunch students may either continue with the morning drawing or begin another. Tuition is $115 and includes lunch and drawing materials for the day. More information will be sent upon registration. Sign up early!

A few comments from previous workshops:

A highlight of my year! A very lovely location with great food!

Perfect day in the country – great freedom to explore a new medium.

Such a beautiful day… and the weather was nice too! Thank you for such a wonderful experience.

A good introduction to a new medium. Sarah’s overview and individual attention were very helpful and informative. The setting was beautiful, the weather perfect, and the  food delicious.

MAY MORNINGS PLEIN AIR DRAWING CLASS

Thursdays, May 7,14, 21, and 28, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

$120

I will be offering this plein air class again this year on four Thursday mornings in May. Bring your oil pastels and paint sticks down to Pony Pasture Park at the James River. We will have the option of staying at this site for all of the classes or moving to Maymont for part of the session, according to class consensus. Please sign up with me as soon as you can, no later than April 30. If you are new to working outside, I am happy to answer any questions you might have regarding supplies you will need. More information will be sent upon registration. Enjoy a quiet morning at the River. Bring a friend!

For sign up or questions regarding either of these classes, contact me here through “comments” or any other way you can find me!

 

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It is almost time for our fall drawing workshop at Manakintowne Farm in Powhatan. Details are below. If you are interested, contact me here or on Facebook or contact Manakintowne Growers on Facebook. This day in the country is not to miss if you love drawing, great food, lovely landscape, or if you simply need a short retreat from the real world…

 

PLEIN AIR DRAWING WORKSHOP AT MANAKINTOWNE 

Saturday, October 25,  9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Enjoy a day of plein air drawing with oil pastel at the Powhatan farm of Manakintowne Specialty Growers.  After gathering for a demo, students will choose a work site among the fields.  A farm lunch will be provided.  Some drawing experience is helpful, but experience with oil pastel is not required.  This is a good opportunity to try a new medium!  All drawing materials are provided, but feel free to bring your own. Experienced students may work in their medium of choice. Tuition for the day is $115.

Foxgloves

April 11, 2014

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Yesterday I finally printed an edition of my first broadside. I printed the edition of twelve prints by hand on my kitchen counter, and I am happy to say that all of the prints came out reasonably well. After mixing a color I liked with some older ink, I ended up ordering some new ink for the edition to ensure the same color intensity. So much for trying to use up supplies on hand! But, I am SO happy with the water-soluble relief ink that I got from Graphic Chemical – wonderful consistency and pigment rich! And the ink stayed open long enough to print the edition. It might even make a convert of me from oil-based inks.

 

Here is a picture of the prints drying on the dining room table.

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See the previous post for more information on this broadside and the class I took in Charlottesville.

 

Can’t wait to start the next linocut!