Paint the Southwest Workshops


October 2017 – April 2018: Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah


“Paint the Southwest” Offers Two Kinds of Landscape Painting Workshops with Michael Chesley Johnson


1. Private Intensive Study. Based in scenic northern New Mexico at Michael’s winter studio, this workshop is for intermediate, advanced or professional painters only. After a preliminary consultation with Michael to create a custom program, you’ll work with him side-by-side, one-on-on, both in the field and in the studio. Includes six nights’ lodging at the studio and three meals a day, with private bed and bath.

2. All-Level Group Workshops. The original “Paint Sedona” program. Michael will teach small groups (no more than 8) the important fundamentals of plein air painting. Any level of student is welcome and in any medium. Workshops will be based in the beautiful red rock country of Sedona, Arizona, and elsewhere in the Southwest. Includes four half-days of tuition.

For full details and the current schedule, visit

Schedule for the Private Intensive Study in New Mexico:

February 19-23, 2018

February 26-March 2, 2018

March 5-9, 2018

March 12-16, 2018

March 19-23, 2018

April 2-6, 2018

April 9-13, 2018

Schedule for the All-Level Group Workshops:

November 14-17, 2017 ARIZONA, Sedona – Still space available!

March 27-30, 2018 ARIZONA, Sedona

Nov 13-16, 2018 ARIZONA, Sedona

April 2-5, 2019 ARIZONA, Sedona

Special Painting Retreat for Previous Students:

April 16-23, 2018  NEW MEXICO, Santa Fe. (Details TBA.  Visit

What to Expect

In the all-level workshops, Michael focuses on fundamentals for painting outdoors – how to begin, how to proceed and how to finish. He’ll show you how to capture the moment quickly and effectively but without sacrificing mood and magic. The workshop will include demonstrations but also plenty of time for student work plus group critiques. Advanced workshops are customized more to students’ needs and can also include mentoring. Whatever the workshop, Michael gives personal attention at the easel, complete with helpful tips and suggestions. You can expect an intense but very rewarding time!

Past Students!  Need a Critique?

Get valuable feedback after you’ve taken a workshop with me and have had a chance to put your new skills to work!  Details here.

Are You New to Plein Air Painting?

If so, I strongly encourage you to take my online plein air painting course.

It’s only $20 and includes a downloadable text and several helpful videos for you to watch!

Use the coupon code WORKSHOP2017 and get it for only $15!

Plein Air Painting Workshops in Sedona, Arizona, with Artist Michael Chesley Johnson

Special Grand Canyon Workshop, October 24-27, 2018

Imagine four days of painting in Grand Canyon National Park! Grand Canyon can be magical with the play of sunlight and shadow, and it is an artist’s dream to paint. I’ll show you how to manage such an awesome location as Grand Canyon without getting overwhelmed.  We’ll visit some of the Canyon’s most spectacular locations.  Hosted by the Grand Canyon Association, the workshop is $550 for members, $575 for others.  Includes complimentary camping at the Grand Canyon National Park Campground!  Registration starts November 6, 2017, for members, November 12 for others.  Details here.  This workshop will fill very quickly!

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