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 PORTRAIT WORKSHOP Pennsylvania

Two-Day Workshop, August 20-21, 2018
Monday-Tuesday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: York Art Association, York, Pennsylvania
Registration: YorkArtAssociation.org

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.


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THE PAINTERLY LandScape WORKSHOP Pennsylvania

Three-Day Workshop, August 22-24, 2018
Wednesday-Friday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: York Art Association, York, Pennsylvania
Registration: YorkArtAssociation.org

Loosen up your landscapes using the painterly approach. 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. 


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THE PAINTERLY Portrait WORKSHOP Michigan

Three-Day Workshop, September 11-13, 2018
Tuesday-Thursday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, Michigan
Registration: flintarts.org    view the art school class catalog here

In this workshop, we will learn how to light, pose, sketch and photograph our portrait subject, and work from studies and photographic reference materials to create lifelike painterly portraits. 


THE PAINTERLY LANDSCAPE Plein Air WORKSHOP Connecticut

Plein Air Workshop, September 22, 2018  -  FULL
Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm
Location: Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, Connecticut
Fee: $100 (guided tour included) Registration: please email alain@picardstudio.com to be added to our writing list.

Loosen up your landscapes using the painterly approach. 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. READ MORE


THE PAINTERLY LANDSCAPE Plein Air WORKSHOP Connecticut

Plein Air Workshop, October 6, 2018  
Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Elizabeth Park, Hartford, Connecticut
Fee: $100   Registration: Register online here

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 WORKSHOP Texas

Three-Day Workshop, October 11-13, 2018
Thursday-Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Upper Valley Art League, Mission, Texas
Registration: Uppervalleyartleague.org  please call 956.583.2787 to register.

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. READ MORE


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THE PAINTERLY POrtrait New York

Weekend Workshop, October 19-20, 2018
Friday 7:00-10:00pm, Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Ardsley, New York
Fee: $145  Registration: use Registration form here or email Annette Meglino at annettemeglino@gmail.com 

Have you ever struggled to bring life to your portraits? 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 this weekend to your personal studio work, whether from life or photographs. Learn more...


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LOOSENing UP WORKSHOP OHIO

Three-Day Workshop, November 2-4, 2018
Friday-Sunday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: The Art Studio, Beachwood, Ohio
Registration: Susanporges.com

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 landscape & Portrait New York

Five-Day Workshop, April 1-5, 2019
Monday-Friday
Location: Hudson River Valley Art Workshops, Greenville, New York
Registration: coming soon

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.


 THE PAINTERLY LANDSCAPE CONNECTICUT

Weekend Workshop, April 26-27, 2019
Friday 7:00-9:00pm, Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Newtown, Connecticut
Fee: $125  Registration: Register online here or use Registration form here

Loosen up your landscapes using the painterly approach. 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.


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.