Plein Air with Scott Boyle (508SB)

May 8 – 10, 2017

9 am – 4:00pm

Level: All

Tuition: $330

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This will be a 3 day plein air workshop consisting of brief lectures, group discussions, outdoor painting demonstrations, and student painting opportunities.  The focus of Scott’s workshop will be to simplify your painting process.  You will learn the exercises to improve the fundamentals: drawing, composition, values, and color to create stronger paintings.

We are planning for a small group of 8-12 students which allows Scott to personally help each artist regardless of their skill level (beginner, intermediate, or advanced).  You may need help finding a scene to paint, setting up equipment, drawing, composing, mixing colors, creating softer edges, finding color harmony, or painting faster outside. Whatever your artistic goals, Scott will help each student with their individual needs.

The workshop is designed for oil painting.  If you have never painted in oils, this will be a good workshop to begin.  Other mediums are welcome, though the workshop will be most helpful for artists working in oils.

Outdoor painting locations will be a short drive from the Florence Thomas Art School in West Jefferson, NC. If the weather is adverse we will paint indoors with reference materials.

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Scott Boyle

20151030-ab-0035-9-2North Carolina landscape artist Scott Boyle is a visual explorer, a promoter of plein air painting, and the founder of the North Carolina Plein Air Painters, which organizes numerous outdoor painting events around the state each year.  Additionally, he teaches workshops and frequently speaks on subjects relating to outdoor painting.

While growing up in Indiana Scott was recognized to have unusual artistic abilities from a young age. He was fortunate to have parents who immersed him with opportunities to develop his talent with private lessons and years of study with traditional Brown County Artists in Indiana during his earlier years.

Scott moved to North Carolina in 1987, where his senses were awakened to the rich and subtle beauty of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.  He soon discovered that painting small sketches outdoors was the best way to explore the landscape.  He continues in the tradition, commonly known today as plein air painting, following after the tradition of the great 19th Century painters who used this outdoor process as an indispensable tool to produce more meaningful studio works.

Since 2006, Scott has made dozens of trips to the Roan Highlands Region, which encompasses numerous high country grassy balds along the NC/TN border.  He backpacks with his painting gear to capture the visual drama at high elevations.  During the winter, he produces large paintings in his studio from these experiences.

In 2010, Scott was included in the historical Blue Ridge Realists artist group whose work highlight Western North Carolina scenes.

To see more of Scott Boyle’s work visit his website: