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 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: $275 (model fee included)  

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, Morro Bay, California
Registration: FULL - call 805.540.1470 to be placed on the wait 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, Morro Bay, California
Registration: FULL - call 805.540.1470 to be placed on the wait list

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: creativeescapeworkshops.com

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.


THE PAINTERLY LANDSCAPE North Carolina

Two-Day Workshop, May 11-12, 2020
Monday-Tuesday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Piedmont Pastel Society, Charlotte, NC
Registration: Piedmont Pastel Society

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. 


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THE PAINTERLY LANDSCAPE North Carolina

Three-Day Workshop, May 13-15, 2020
Wednesday-Friday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Piedmont Pastel Society, Charlotte, NC
Registration: Piedmont Pastel Society

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. 


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Salon international de Pastel FRANCE

June 13-27, 2020
Location: La Palmyre - Les Mathes, France

  • Three-Day Workshop, The Painterly Portrait, June 18-20, 2020

  • Three-Day Workshop, The Painterly Landscape, June 23-25, 2020

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Workshops NETHERLAND

Location: Pastellum, Nieuwgein, Netherlands
Registration: Pastellum - FULL

  • One-Day Workshop, The Painterly Portrait, July 2, 2020

  • One-Day Workshop, The Painterly Landscape, July 3, 2020

  • Two-Day Workshop, Capturing Light, July 4-5, 2020


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…


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