$15 – $480

Aaron Schuerr-Painting Spring Landscapes in Oil or Pastel

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Franciscan Life Process Center

11650 Downes Street Northeast

Lowell, MI 49331

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Get ready to explore the beautiful Franciscan Life Process Center campus and the surrounding countryside during this plein air and studio painting workshop with award-winning artist Aaron Schuerr. Enjoy the beauty and challenge of painting in the field, and then learn how field studies can be used as a reference for studio paintings. During our time outdoors, we’ll focus on sketching, simplification, fresh color, accurate drawing, dynamic composition, and discovering “the story” within the seeming complexity of nature.

Back in the studio we’ll analyze the plein air work and dig into the nuances of color, value, and composition. I’ll introduce the charcoal preparatory drawing as a fun and inventive way to plan a studio pastel.

This class will include demonstrations in the field and studio, friendly critiques, and plenty of one-on-one time. We’ll start from the thumbnail sketch and work through flat-color plane exercises before diving into longer plein air painting sessions. The focus will be on process over product, in learning to see in new and dynamic ways and work simply, directly, and with confidence.

While experience is helpful, it is not required. Please take the time to go over the materials list to make sure that you are well prepared for working out in the field. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions about materials.

Aaron Schuerr’s painting adventures have ranged from the California Coast to the deserts to the mountains of Montana to remote villages in Morocco. He is a regular contributor to The Pastel Journal and has four instructional videos to his credit. He has taught workshops across the U.S. and abroad, and is a signature member of The American Impressionist Society and The Pastel Society of America. His work can be viewed at The Legacy Gallery, The Mission Gallery, and online at www.aaronschuerr.com.

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