Plein Air Workshops  

The focus of the instruction will be very comprehensive, starting with equipment, preparation, and set up of tools. My near thirty years of experience as an illustrator and painter will help explain the structure and emphasis on drawing, value and composition. It’s my goal to help students fully understand the process of composing a painting. Atmosphere, color, design and brushwork will be emphasized throughout the workshop experience. Each day I will do a demo describing my technique and process along the way. Both one-on-one critiques at the easel and group discussions will be held daily. My influences, both historical and contemporary, will be part of our conversation over the course of the workshop. I hope that each participant can become more visually aware and have a more solid foundation in a relaxed and positive environment.

A list of suggested supplies along with directions will be sent out upon sign-up.

Workshops, 2014

Point Reyes Field Institute Point Reyes Field Institute, June, 6-8
Come paint in beautiful Point Reyes National Seashore. This three day, two night workshop at Clem Miller Environmental Education Center near Limantour Beach will be exciting and fun. We will drive to a couple different locations depending on the weather. This unique setting in West Marin, from the cliffs and rocky shores of the Pacific to Pierce Point Ranch offers some of the most dramic scenes in all of California.
Costs, $200.00 members, $230.00 non-members

La Rusticana La Rusticana, August, 8-10
This 3 day workshop is situated on 44 acres of rolling hills in Los Gatos, Ca. Frank and Marilyn Dorsa's Umbrian styled home captures the beauty of central Italy and is the artists packdrop. The terraced vineyards of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are surrounded by majestic oaks, which create a painters paradise. At noon students are treated to a family gathering of chef Franca Coletta's unforgettable culinary lunch. Registration begins, Feb. 1.
Cost: $450.00
Contact Sara Langone
(408) 371-3067

Filoli, Date TBD
Located 30 miles south of San Francisco next to Crystal Springs Reservoir in Woodside,CA. Filoli is an historic site of the Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the finest remaining country estates of the 20th century. Throughout the over 650 acres are 16 acres of English renaissance gardens and the remaining area is mixed forests of oak and redwood stands, chaparral and grasslands. Classes will be from 9a.m. to 4p.m. Registration begins Aug. 30... go to

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Paul Kratter

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