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Plein Air Landscape Painting in Oils with James Coe
Bent of the River Audubon Center
Southbury, CT
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Plein Air Landscape Painting in Oils with James Coe
This is an intensive weekend program which will explore the challenges of
working en plein air directly from the landscape and also introduce the
traditional methods and materials of alla prima (direct) painting in oil. There
will be a PowerPoint presentation and orientation session
Friday evening
during which we will discuss topics ranging from the history of plein-air painting to the preparation of homemade painting panels for use in the field. The presentation also will include step-by-step  resentations of the instructor painting outdoors and in the studio, using plein air  tudies as references for larger studio canvases.
Students will work outside, weather permitting on Saturday and Sunday. Each day-long session will include a demonstration by the instructor. Prior to and/or following each day's demonstration, students will receive individual instruction as they work on their own paintings. Different themes will be stressed each day, appropriate to the motif and needs of the group, such as: finding a subject, designing a compelling composition, simplifying shapes and seeing values accurately. In the event of rain, the instructor will supply photo reference materials or the artist may bring their own.
This class is appropriate for beginners as well as experienced painters.
Instructor James Coe is known nationally as a landscape painter, bird artist and as the author and illustrator of the Golden Field Guide Eastern Birds, among other books. Jim's oil landscapes, which typically feature natural settings and rural scenes from New York's Hudson River Valley and Northern Catskills, are recognized for their naturalistic palette and painterly handling. A signature member of the Oil Painters of America, and chosen in 2011 as a Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum Master Wildlife Artist, Jim has been featured recently in "Plein Air" magazine, Western Art Collector and Wildlife Art Journal. His art has appeared on the covers of Sanctuary, Bird Watcher's Digest, Birding World and The Auk, the professional Journal of the American Ornithologists Union. He is represented in the permanent collections of the New York State Museum, Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Massachusetts Audubon Society and the Bennington Center for the Arts.
To learn more about Jim and his artwork, visit

Cancellation Policy
All cancellations must be made in writing. Prior to September 1, 2013, a $50 cancellation fee will be retained for each cancellation. For cancellations after 9/1/13, tuition is not refundable unless the Bent of the River is able to fill the space. We cannot be responsible for issuing refunds, or credits for classes missed due to illness, emergencies or events beyond our control. If a
workshop is cancelled by Audubon Bent of the River Center, all money will be promptly refunded. Please call Ellie Boyd, (203) 264-2313, before enrolling if you have questions about these policies.

Supplies and Equipment
Please bring your own easel. We do not sell painting supplies at the workshop, but there is a good art store in townKoenig's. This workshop is considered an outdoor painting workshop, weather permitting--a folding stool, a field easel, a sun hat and walking shoes are recommended. A list of materials recommended by Jim: Workshop materials-v2.pdf

No Turpentine please! (Bring Oderless Mineral Spirits instead.)

Shipping Your Supplies
Supplies can be shipped ahead of time. If you are shipping through the US Post Office, UPS, FedEx or other private service, use the following address:
Coe Workshop
c/o Ellie Boyd
18 Hunter's Ridge Road
Southbury, CT 06488
Attn: (use your name here)

Travel Directions
The Bent of the River is located at 185 East Flat Hill Road, Southbury, CT 06488 at Exit 14 on I-84.
White Plains, NY Airport (HPN) and Bradley Airport in Hartford, CT (BDL) are
the nearest airports serving Southbury.

Skill Level
This workshop is open to all skill levelsBeginner to Advanced.

Lodging Suggestions in Southbury:
Local Historic B&B:
Cornucopia, 783 Main Street North,(203)267-6707.
Modern Hotel: pool, adjacent to public golf course and on-site restaurant:
Heritage Resort and Conference Center, 522 Heritage Road, (203) 264-8200.
Meals, lodging, and transportation are not included in tuition.



Bent of the River Audubon Center (View)
185 E. Flat Hill Road
Southbury, CT 06488
United States

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