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Spring 2023 Classes

We have a variety of classes and workshops for all interests and ages!

Landscape and Memory: Painting En Plein Air

Painting outside is a somewhat overwhelming experience.  Constantly changing light, shifting clouds, weather, myriad possible distractions.  However, these challenges create an experience of chasing the moment that stays with me, and feeds my work in the studio.  Something about the intensity of looking and decision making that happens in that chase gets under my fingernails.

In this 2-day workshop we will focus on painting quick studies outdoors on location, and we will emphasize priorities like: clear notation, sensitivity to color and tone, editing, abstraction, surface, light, authenticity of response, willingness to fail, and most of all, tuning in to the deep beauty of what we are looking at, by slowing down and painting.

Our location will be along the Russian River near Healdsburg, with views of the river, the mountains, and the surrounding hills and vineyards…

This class is open to all levels but is best for intermediate to advanced painters, ie:  those with at least a few years of experience and practice.

No materials are provided–(suggested materials list available on request)–all media welcome, instructor will paint in oils

Class meets from 9 am to 4pm daily with 60 min for lunch (BYO recommended)

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Date: May 20 & 21, 2023

Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm with 60 min. lunch break

Instructor: Gage Opdenbrouw

Age / Level: 16+

Class Size: 12

Location: Riverfront Regional Park, 7821 Eastside Rd.

Deadline to enroll: May 19, 2023

Fee: $375.00

Instructor: Gage Opdenbrouw

Born in San Jose, California in 1977, Gage Opdenbrouw is an award winning painter, and an art educator, teaching drawing and painting, with a dose of art history.  He studied at the Academy of Art College San Francisco, receiving his BFA with honors in 2001.  After living and working in San Francisco and Oakland for 20 years and actively showing his work in galleries, museums, and educational institutions on both coasts and all around the country, he has recently relocated north to Sonoma County.  He currently teaches online courses for artists from around the globe at Washington Studio School, in Washington DC, and Winslow Art Center, as well as a couple travel workshops a year.