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 WORKSHOP Connecticut

Weekend Workshop, January 11-12, 2019  (snow date January 18-19, 2019)
Friday 7:00-9:00pm, Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Artsplace, Cheshire, Connecticut
Registration: use Registration Form or call Artsplace at 203.272.2787 to register

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 effect. LEARN MORE…


THE PAINTERLY CITYSCAPE Plein Air WORKSHOP SOUTH CAROLINA

Plein Air Workshop, February 16, 2019
Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Downtown Charleston, South Carolina
Fee: EARLY BIRD SPECIAL $100 ($125 after January 1, 2019) 

Come and paint on location in the historic city of Charleston! From beautiful rooftops and cobblestone streets to colorful building facades and the rich past of one of the oldest cities in our country. There is so much to inspire our day of painting together. READ MORE


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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: artworkshops.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. 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 WORKSHOP OHio

Two-Day Workshop, May 3-4, 2019
Friday and Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Westerville, Ohio 
Registration: use REGISTRATION FORM HERE or email Carole Bucklew at bucklewc@gmail.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. READ MORE…


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THE PAINTERLY LANDSCAPE Plein Air WORKSHOP Connecticut

Plein Air Workshop, May 18, 2019
Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme,  Connecticut
Fee: $100  

Loosen up your landscape work using the painterly approach! Paint in the very place where the impressionist masters of the early 20thCentury once made their summer pilgrimages to Miss Florence Griswold’s boarding house, and where the Lyme Art Colony was formed. Whether you choose to work in the garden or by the river, you’ll learn to simplify the complex forms of floral and landscape patterns into clear shapes, values, and edges. Then organize these shapes into strong design and color combinations using loose, expressive marks to interpret the subject for that lush painterly look. READ MORE


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THE PAINTERLY Portrait Demonstration New Mexico

Demonstration, June 7, 2019
Friday 8:00am-10:00am
Location: IAPS, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Fee: $75 

Celebrating Beauty and Diversity through Pastel - Are you inspired to explore the diverse beauty found in many cultures of our world? Alain will be your travel guide and demonstrate how to capture the essence of the subject while celebrating their unique cultural heritage—from color and clothing to ethnicity and environment. Images of his journey to Rwanda and Cambodia will highlight the beauty reflected through his paintings of the human figure. *(class price includes model fee)


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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

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…


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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
Registration: coming soon at uartpastelpaper.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 Techniques in landscape & Portrait PENNsylvania

Three-Day Workshop, September 4-6, 2019
Wednesday-Friday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Art Is Inn, Breinigsville, Pennsylvania
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.


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THE PAINTERLY POrtrait New York

Weekend Workshop, November 15-16, 2019
Friday 7:00-10:00pm, Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Ardsley, New York
Fee: $145 (model fee included)  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. READ MORE...


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.