Workshops for 2015

Impression and Expression:
Painting all'Aria Aperta in Sicily

Sicily Italy - Plein air Workshop

May 23-31, 2015

Double room: € 1700 pp - One, shared room with male available.
Single room: € 2000 pp - Sold Out.

Click here for a downloadable pdf with information about Sicily and our itinerary.

Tuition to workshop (Meridiana)
Accommodation in double room, single room on request with supplement
Breakfast on all days
5 dinners
1 wine tasting with light dinner in Marsala
1 aperitif dinner
Field trips to Erice, Selinunte, Marsala, Trapani
Airport pick up and drop off at an agreed time at Trapani-Birgi (TPS) airport
Ground transportation while at Villa

Not included:
Any personal expenses
Painting materials
Pick up and drop off from airports OTHER THAN Trapani-Birgi TPS.

Visit Artravelitaly for details.
To register, email

Study to Studio in Sedona

Plein air / Studio Workshop Combination

Class size limited to 12. Only 2 spaces left!

June 10-12, 2015


This limited-size workshop will focus on fact-finding en plein air. Sketches (most with little or no detail) will then be used as inspirational material for more-complete studio pieces that remain fresh and inviting.

For more information and to register, visit Sedona Arts Center.

Expression & Response in Laguna and Balboa Island

4-day Plein air Workshop

June 23-26, 2015, Filled, waiting list available

FULL Waiting list available


Advanced-Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Painters welcome.
Plein air experience strongly recommended.

Lori Putnam's paintings are a personal and genuine response to a scene, and she encourages her students to learn to do the same. Putnam believes that each artist sees differently and leaves his or her own, distinctive mark. Yet letting go of formulas and finding the confidence to express ourselves honestly seems difficult, sometimes even fearful. Students will leave this workshop excited; ready to experiment more on their own; and, above all, pointed toward meaningful, personal, artistic growth.

Putnam's approachable, giving nature, energetic demonstrations, and hands-on teaching style have made her one of the most sought-after instructors of our time. Her workshops fill rapidly, and are increasingly difficult to find. Expression and Response is the only workshop she will be teaching on the West Coast in 2015.

Workshop includes lectures and demonstrations, individual painting time, personalized instruction, and group critiques to promote your progress.

For information, email
To register, call now (949) 723-6171.

Searching for the Character

... of Light and Place:
Plein air landscapes with Lori Putnam

FULL. Waiting list available.

... of Light and Likeness:
Head studies from life with Dawn Whitelaw

4-day Workshops in New Harmony, IN

Sept. 28-Oct. 1, 2015

(plus optional full-moon paintout on Sept. 27 and other night-time presentations and lectures during the course with both classes combined)

$575 for either workshop

Class description for Lori Putnam's Workshop:

The key to growth in the studio begins by working often and observing life outdoors. Plein air painters will search for clues in the scene to capture the distinct character of a place, and gain insight in to the ways different types of light convey time of day, weather, and season. To benefit most from this workshop, previous plein air experience is strongly suggested. Workshop includes lectures and discussions, slide presentations, demonstrations, individual painting time, personal instruction, and group exercises. Demonstrations will be in oil, but artists who are experienced in other mediums are welcome. Students are required to have their own plein air equipment. (Alternative studio classroom may be substituted in the case of inclement weather.)

Class description for Dawn Whitelaw's Workshop:

Painting from a live model is an effective way to improve skills in painting any subject matter. In this workshop you will receive instruction on drawing, design, proper value and color use, and edge control. There will be particular emphasis on capturing the quality of light and character of the model. To benefit most from this class, an artist should have some drawing skills and a working knowledge of the medium they are using. The instruction is designed for painters using oil paint, but the class is open to artists who are experienced using acrylic or pastel as well. The class will consist of power point presentations, lectures, demos, as well as individual instruction.

Tucked under the Trees, Plein air sketch by Lori Putnam

Fiona's Bow, by Dawn Whitelaw

For information, email

Expression & Brushwork
Study to Studio
Chesapeake Fine Art Studio

4-day Plein air / Studio Workshop Combination

October 29–November 1, 2015


Advanced-Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Painters welcome.
Plein air experience strongly recommended.

As an artist you know you see differently than the rest of the world; you feel inspired and excited by scenes and cannot wait to paint them. Throughout your painting, you loathe some passages, wonder if others are finished or overworked, and live in fear that you will "mess up" the very best parts of the painting that you actually like. In the end, your completed works do not convey your original inspiration or excitement.

Brushwork, paint consistency, and fearlessness are rarely taught. Lori Putnam believes they are essential to mastering more thrilling paintings. In this workshop, students will begin en plein air making many sketches, grasping excitement, and capturing ideas. These sketches (most with little or no detail) will then be used as inspirational material for more-complete studio pieces that remain fresh and inviting.

For information, call (410) 200-8019.
Visit Chesapeake Fine Art Studio.
Register by downloading this pdf form.

Annual Flex-Workshop Session 1

3-day Workshop

Dates Nov. 9–11, Charlotte, Tennessee


Advanced-Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Painters welcome.

Session 1 is a 3-day workshop for intermediate to advanced students. Various subject matter will be used in both indoor and outdoor settings. (Previous plein air experience is expected.)

Advanced students may wish to combine with Flex-Workshop Session 2 to extend your learning with more complex concepts. (below)

Annual Flex-Workshop Session 2

2-day Additional Workshop

Extension dates Nov. 12, 13, Charlotte, Tennessee

Session 1 above (Nov. 9-11) Required
$725 total for all 5 days -

FULL (please email to be added to wait list)

Advanced Painters welcome.

Extend your 3-day workshop to a 5-day workshop by adding Session 2 to your schedule. Considered days 4 and 5, more advanced concepts in a smaller group setting will be discussed.

This part of the flex-workshop is intended for advanced students who are ready to sky-rocket to a whole new level.

To register for Session 1 Only, $475:

To register for Sessions 1 and 2 together, $725:
FULL (please email to be added to wait list

Home Paintings Purchase Fine Art Upcoming About Lori Books and DVDs Contact Blog Subscribe to Announcements