David P. Curtis
Paintings and Plein Air Art Instruction

Upcoming Events

August 28 - September 1, 2017 - Painting the Maine Coast - 5 days painting en plain air along the beautiful Maine coastline.  

A Coastal Maine Art Workshop for students of all levels wishing to take their skills in outdoor oil painting to the next level. Class work will emphasize observation and composition of the outdoor sketch utilizing color, tone and design. We will paint at five different locations to challenge ourselves daily.

Can you handle the challenge?


To register, please contact Lyn Donovan direct at Coastal Main Art Workshops  or e-mail info@cmaworkshops.com

'Maine Cove' David P. Curtis


A note from Lyn Donovan—


David P. Curtis (Gloucester MA,) a much-loved Cape Ann instructor, graciously agreed to cover a class in 2015 when the scheduled instructor could not come at the last minute, and blew everybody out of the water! The students, good painters with lots of workshop experience, were unanimous in their praise, saying it was absolutely the best class they had ever taken. I hear this all the time from students who have taken a class with David, wherever he has taught! 


David says the impression of light on form, which in turn creates half-tones and shadows, is a perceptive way to understand seeing…and you have to be able to see before you can paint! His thorough and focused instruction will sharpen your eye; his mastery of value and color will help bring your work to a new level of accomplishment. David will lecture, do an occasional demo and provide an abundance of daily individual instruction plus several group critiques. His class is rich with information and attention plus plenty of time to paint on your own; you are in for a treat!  A favorite quote of David’s: 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.”



Primarily a plein air landscape painter, Curtis has won numerous awards for his work, including Yankee Magazine’s Robb Sagendorph Memorial Award (Copley Society of Boston),  A.T. Hibbard Memorial Awards for Landscape (RAA),  Frank Benson Awards (GBA) and Marguerite Neuhauser Shafer Memorial Awards (NSAA). His work is shown and collected internationally, and he is listed in Who’s Who in the East. Curtis has been instructing outdoor oil painting classes and workshops since 1993 and his Saturday morning Cape Ann classes draw students from near and far!

Tuition $650, please sign up direct with Lyn Donovan at Coastal Maine Art Workshops