Plein Air Painting Class and Juried Portrait Show

perfect place for a plein air painting workshop taught by Mary Jane Volkmann


John C. Campbell Folk School,  Brasstown, North Carolina
Sunday, Oct 12 – Saturday, Oct 18, 2014

Would you like to spend a week in the mountains of North Carolina painting outdoors?  There is still time to register for a plein air painting class I will be teaching at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina.  Nature cooperating,  I’m hoping for the peak colors of autumn with which we can grace our canvasses.  In any case, the air is always fresh and fragrant with the scent of pine and mown hay and the birds will serenade us as we paint.  Make new friends, learn new skills and enjoy a week of relaxation and creativity!

As for the class itself, we will revisit those basics of successful painting and learn to work with quickly changing light.  We will experiment with limited palettes and learn about the nuances of acrylics while using different mediums.  There will be plenty of time for individual and group discussions and, of course, for stories and laughter.

subject matter for plein air painting class taught by Mary Jane Volkmann

There are plenty of vistas at the Folk School and an abundance of subject matter for every taste and style of painting.

Click here for more information and to register for this class.


The Thomas Center Galleries, Gainesville, Florida, until September 20, 2014

There is still time to catch the juried portrait show at the Thomas Center Galleries in Gainesville, Florida. The show presents over 100 works from both emerging and established artists.  It was curated by Anne Gilroy who has done a fabulous job of selecting works of a wide variety of styles, creating a fascinating show.  I am honored to have a portrait on display.

Follow this link for more information, including a map and telephone numbers.

While I’ve enjoyed the summer with our spectacular, towering Florida clouds, I am looking forward to the cooler weather and more comfortable outdoor painting.  By the way, it’s almost time to start thinking about those special holiday gifts, so if you are interested in commissioning a painting, do contact me.

Best wishes!

Mary Jane



1 thought on “Plein Air Painting Class and Juried Portrait Show”

  1. Hi Mary Jane… Don’t now if you remember me from Painting Your Muse in Tampa. It’s taken a while, but that was truly inspirational for me. I have begun painting 3 or 4 days a week. I am reading books, watching PBS painting shows, computer shows, going to galleries and hunting for a good painting class. Don’t know if I’ll ever be an artist, but I’m enjoying every minute spent in front of the canvas. Nice to catch up on what you are dong. And thank you. Betty Spies


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