Develop your creative potential

Are you looking to loosen up with a bold mark-making approach, or learn new strategies to bring fresh color to your paintings? Whether you work in portrait, landscape or still life, Alain is passionate about teaching you breakthrough techniques that will elevate your work to new levels. During his workshop demonstrations and guided instruction, Alain shares everything he’s learned over 20 years as a professional artist… all in a relaxed, fun and encouraging environment.

Find a workshop near you, and be inspired. All levels are welcome, beginner to advanced.

Alain is an excellent teacher. I really enjoyed the workshop. I think I had a color breakthrough! - Frances D.

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THE PAINTERLY LANDSCAPE Plein Air WORKSHOP MONTREAL

Plein Air Workshop, July 13, 2019 (rain date July 14, 2019)
Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Botanical Garden, Montreal, Canada
Fee: $100 FULL (please contact us to be added to the waiting list)

Come paint at the beautiful, historic Montreal Botanical Garden, located in the heart of the city of Montreal, Canada! Considered to be one of the largest and most important botanical gardens in the world, the gardens are a popular nature preserve that abounds with inspiring locations. This one-day plein air workshop with Alain Picard is a perfect opportunity to activate your creative growth and develop your painterly technique, all while gaining inspiration from the beautiful flowers, plants, trees and ponds. READ MORE >


THE PAINTERLY LANDSCAPE WORKSHOP Connecticut

Weekend Workshop, July 26-27, 2019
Friday 7:00-9:00pm, Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Arts Escape, Southbury,  Connecticut

Have you always wanted to explore a looser, bolder approach to painting, but just weren't sure how to accomplish this style in your own work? Hold tight, because help is on the way! Loosen up your landscapes using the painterly approach! In this workshop you’ll learn practical approaches and techniques to help you simplify complex scenes into clear shapes, values, and edges. Then organize these shapes into strong design and color combinations using bold, expressive marks to interpret your environment for that lush painterly effect. Learn more >


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Painterly Techniques on UART WORKSHOP Connecticut

Three-Day Workshop, August 8-10, 2019
Thursday-Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Newtown, Connecticut

Have you always wanted to explore a looser, bolder approach to painting, but just weren't sure how to accomplish this style in your own work? Hold tight, because help is on the way! This workshop will empower you with successful strategies for loosening up your work with bold marks and fresh color. We'll journey through six liberating lessons (plus one bonus lesson!) to help you break through specific obstacles that have been limiting your creative growth. Focusing on practical approaches from start to finish, I'll help you understand HOW to accomplish your goal of creating paintings that delight you and excite the viewer.


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Painterly Techniques in landscape & Portrait PENNsylvania

Three-Day Workshop, September 3-5, 2019
Wednesday-Friday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Art Is Inn, Breinigsville, Pennsylvania
Registration: www.artisinn.biz

Have you always wanted to explore a looser, bolder approach to painting, but just weren't sure how to accomplish this style in your own work? Hold tight, because help is on the way! This workshop will empower you with successful strategies for loosening up your work with bold marks and fresh color. Exploring two unique subjects—landscape and portrait—we’ll learn how to simplify diverse and often complex scenes into clear shapes, values, and edges. Then we’ll organize these shapes into strong design and color combinations using bold, expressive marks to interpret our environment for that lush painterly look. We’ll also explore innovative approaches to color through the use of underpainting techniques and interpretive color strategies that will break you out of your routine. LEARN MORE >


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THE PAINTERLY LANDSCAPE Plein Air WORKSHOP Connecticut

Plein Air Workshop, September 14, 2019
Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Elizabeth Park, Hartford, Connecticut 
Fee: $100

Come paint the beautiful colors of fall in New England at the historic and spacious Elizabeth Park in Hartford, CT! This one-day plein air workshop is a perfect opportunity to develop your painterly technique while gaining inspiration from the dazzling fall foliage. READ MORE>


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THE PAINTERLY POrtrait OHIO

Three-Day Workshop, October 19-21, 2019
Saturday-Monday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: The Art Studio, Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Registration: The Art Studio

Learn to develop lifelike portrait paintings, whether working from the live model or photographic references. We’ll cover all the techniques necessary to create stunning portraits in pastel, practicing on the live model as well as our own references. We will light, pose and photograph the model together, developing our own reference materials, then learning to design the portrait, create lifelike skin tones, and apply the painterly approach to portraiture. We’ll also cover techniques for refining the portrait. Alain understands that portraits can be intimidating, and has developed an approach that creates a relaxed and encouraging learning environment for all involved. Learn more >


THE PAINTERLY POrtrait CONNECTICUT

Two-Day Workshop, November 15-16, 2019
Friday - Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Newtown, Connecticut
Fee: $250 early bird special until August 1, 2019 (model fee included)  Regular Price: $275

Would you like to learn how to bring a fresh vibrant approach to work, while learning to capture the essence of your subject’s likeness? 

This workshop will help you to move beyond the limitations of your photographic reference and learn to develop lifelike, painterly portraits based on observation of the live model. You’ll be able to apply what you learn from your practice with the live model to your personal studio work, whether from life or photographs. READ MORE>


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The Painterly landscape California

Two-Day Workshop, March 5-6, 2020
Thursday-Friday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: California Central Coast Pastel Society, San Luis Obispo, California
Registration: FULL please email KC Caldwell at fogcatchers@gmail.com to be added to the waiting list.

Loosen up your landscapes using the painterly approach! This workshop will empower you with successful strategies for loosening up your work with bold marks and fresh color. Learn to simplify complex scenes into clear shapes, values, and edges. Organize these shapes into strong design and color combinations using bold, expressive marks to interpret your environment for that lush painterly look. Learn innovative approaches to color through the use of underpainting techniques and interpretive color strategies that will break you out of your routine. 

Every morning, Alain will demonstrate a painterly approach to the landscape from start to finish, focusing on a unique subject and approach. Students will then respond to the lesson, beginning with morning exercises to loosen up their work and learn techniques to simplify the subject. Students will progress to loosely finished landscape paintings by end of day. A constructive and encouraging group critique will wrap up our workshop together.


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The Painterly landscape Plein-Air California

One-Day Workshop, March 7, 2020
Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: California Central Coast Pastel Society, San Luis Obispo, California
Registration: www.3cps.org - ALMOST FULL

Loosen up your landscapes using the painterly approach! This workshop will empower you with successful strategies for loosening up your work on location with bold marks and fresh color. Learn to observe and simplify the scene before you into clear shapes and values. Organize these shapes into strong design with exciting color combinations using bold, expressive marks to interpret your environment for that lush painterly look. Learn how to use underpainting techniques and interpretive color strategies outdoors that will break you out of the rut and into new territory with your work. 

At the start of the day, Alain will demonstrate a painterly approach to the landscape en plein air from start to finish. Then students will have an opportunity to study and paint the landscape on location, with instruction and encouragement from Alain provided throughout the day.  We’ll conclude our day together with a constructive and encouraging group critique.


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CAPTURING LIGHT California

Three-Day Workshop, March 9-11, 2020
Monday-Wednesday 9:00am-4:00pm
Location: Pastel Society of the West Coast, Sebastopol, California
Registration: coming soon

The true subject of this three-day workshop is light. We’ll study the way light reveals form, color, and emotion by focusing each day on a unique subject. 

We begin day one by studying the effect of dramatic light falling upon the still life, revealing form against strong shadow patterns. This is a wonderful opportunity to practice design and talk about the vocabulary of light and shadow. The second day our study will progress to light falling upon the portrait subject, guiding us toward using a consistent approach to capturing light across multiple subjects. The third day shifts to using our photographic references as we investigate the light falling upon the landscape, and seek to capture these effects quickly and boldly.


THE PAINTERLY LANDSCAPE CANADA

Three-Day Workshop, April 24-26, 2020
Friday-Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm
Location: Ellis Art Studios, Kelowna, BC
Registration: Ellis Art Studios

Loosen up your landscapes using the painterly approach! This workshop will empower you with successful strategies for loosening up your work with bold marks and fresh colour. Learn to simplify complex scenes into clear shapes, values, and edges. Organize these shapes into strong design and colour combinations using bold, expressive marks to interpret your environment for that lush painterly look. Learn innovative approaches to colour through the use of underpainting techniques and interpretive colour strategies that will break you out of your routine.


PaintING RETREAT IN SOUTHERN FRANCE

Ten-Day Workshop, July 16-25, 2020
Location: Dordogne, France

On this painting workshop to the south of France, we will explore and paint the beautiful region of Dordogne. An abundance of inspiration is provided, full of everything from quaint historic villages and medieval castles to breathtaking views of the rolling countryside and traditional French markets. With beautiful accommodations, delicious organic, locally sourced foods and wines, and endless inspiration surrounding us, this is your perfect opportunity to create beautiful art and enduring memories that will be treasured for a lifetime. READ MORE…


Would you like to host a workshop with Alain J. Picard in your area? 
Please email alain@picardstudio.com

Loved this workshop. I've been trying to achieve this style, and finally an artist showed me how! -Chris K.