David Philip Curtis


2015 Workshop Schedule

please view 2015 Fall Workshop Schedule and Sign Up Sheet page

Painting Plein Air Plein air painting is about learning to see. This means understanding the principles of painting and using them to make a personal statement.

The basic principles are drawing, composition, color, value, and a thorough knowledge of your subject. "The challenge of  painting out of doors, directly from nature, should be a joyous experience. Nature, with all her whims and vagaries of moods and weather, creates so many beautiful moments — both visual and emotional — that we are sometimes overwhelmed with material. We must work towards developing a better understanding of what makes a good composition and how to translate our vision onto canvas using color, tone and value."

~ David P. Curtis


Sept. 21 - 25 ‘Late Light & Sunset,’ a 5-day workshop* for students of all levels. 2 - 7pm. $500.00 per person. Class size is limited!

For the student or painter who wants to expand their knowledge and insight into painting en plein air. Students will be required to execute three small paintings during the afternoon and evening of the first two days of the workshop, before finishing the week with a larger sunset painting. This discipline for the week should add to the repertoire of any artist.


October 5 - 9 ‘Painting Maine,’ a 5-day workshop* for all levels. 9am - 3pm. $400.00 per person.

Explore this beautiful area in Maine, the Pemaquid Peninsula, where each day we will paint at a different location, challenging the student and painter to interpret nature with new vistas. Maine is beautiful at this time of year!


October 12 - 16 ‘October Skies,’ A 5-day workshop* for students of all levels. 9am - 3pm. $500.00 per person. Class size is limited.

Painting skies is an integral part of any landscape! The locations will be selected to better observe skies and clouds. “The difficulty with clouds is that the forms are like any solid object, having a light and shadow with half tones, but if you paint it like that they won’t feel like clouds!”

* Please Note:

The 5-day workshops are run on an atelier basis. In Late Light & Sunset, students are required to paint 3 small sketches on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and will work on one painting Thursday and Friday. October Skies will offer the chance to begin, refine, and complete one landscape each day. Please remember, these are plein air locations. The instructor reserves the right to amend locations, or provide indoor facilities, if the weather dictates.