Artists have flocked to Grand Canyon for over a century. In such an expansive and complex landscape, recording one’s impressions can be daunting, as well as immensely rewarding. Join nationally-known artist Michael Chesley Johnson as he shares his strategies and experience to effectively paint the landscape on-location at the beautiful Grand Canyon!
Meet at the Community Building at 9 a.m. MST for introductions to the class topics and materials followed by Plein Air painting. Wrap up at 4 p.m.
9 am to 4 pm each day.
Critiques and lecture in the Community Building until about 10 am, followed by travel to an assortment of painting locations including: Yaki Point, Mohave Point, and Grandview Point.
There will be a final critique at the end of the final day of class.
During the latter part of October, sunrise is late (around 6:45 am MST) and sunset, early (around 5:30 am MST.). This will give participants the opportunity to paint Grand Canyon's spectacular sunsets in an optional evening painting session. Average temperatures at this time of year on the South Rim range from a morning low of 34 degrees to a daytime high of 62. However, be prepared for warmer or cooler, and dress in layers regardless.
Should the weather be inclement, we will paint inside at the Community Building.
Michael paints primarily outdoors in pastel or oil, choosing locations from the American Southwest, Downeast Maine, and the Canadian Maritimes. He has been invited repeatedly to national plein air events such as Grand Canyon Assocation's Celebration of Art.
Michael was awarded Master Pastellist status by Pastel Artists Canada in 2008, and he is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and the Pastel Society of New Mexico. His paintings have appeared in many magazines and are in both corporate and private collections. He was featured in The Artist's Magazine in September 2013.
Michael is a nationally-known teacher, giving workshops across the U.S. as well as seasonally in Maine and the Southwest. A Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and frequent writer for Pastel Journal, he is the author of several books, including Outdoor Study to Studio: Take Your Plein Air Paintings to the Next Level and Backpacker Painting: Outdoors with Oil & Pastel. He has many videos available, as well.
Michael maintains a summer studio on Campobello Island, New Brunswick (Canada), and a winter studio in New Mexico.
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