Painting Workshops for Art Groups, Art Societies and Art Centers

Besides his workshops in the Southwest and New England, Michael teaches painting workshops for art groups, art organizations and art centers across the United States.  If you’d like him to teach a workshop in your area, please contact him.  These workshops are entirely customizable.  They can be plein-air-only, studio-only, pastel-only, oil-only or any combination.


April 30-May 4, 2018: INDIANA, Nashville.

Painting Retreat in historic Brown County.

$200, not including lodging.  This is a painting retreat, not a workshop.  No formal instruction.  FULL, but starting waitlist.

June 2-11, 2018: SCOTLAND, Isle of Skye

Painting Retreat for Past Students

Join Michael for ten days of painting Scotland’s beautiful Isle of Skye! We’ll be based in a private home in Portree.

 One or two spots available (depending on lodging)

August 21-24, 2018: MAINE, Bernard

Plein Air Workshop Hosted by Acadia Workshop Center

Join Michael for four full days of painting on beautiful Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. There’s nothing like coastal Maine in the autumn! Michael has taught this workshop almost every year since 2003 and knows all the special places! Hosted by Acadia Workshop Center in Bernard, Maine.

Price: $595 . For details and registration:

October 1-3, 2018:  OHIO, Cincinnati

Painting Workshop hosted by Ohio Plein Air Society.  In conjunction with judging OPAS national show.

Price:  $325. Workshop Flyer with Details HereRegistration here.

October 5-6, 2018:  OHIO, Columbus

Painting Workshop hosted by Central Ohio Plein Air

Two days of painting farmland in Columbus.  Think barns, cows and vistas!

 SOLD OUT, but starting a waitlist. Click here for waitlist.

October 24-27 , 2018: ARIZONA, Grand Canyon National Park

Painting Workshop Hosted by Grand Canyon Association

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. Michael will show you how to manage such an awesome location as Grand Canyon without getting overwhelmed!

Price: $550 for Grand Canyon Association Members, $575 for non-members. GCA members may register starting November 6, 2017; all others, November 12, 2017.
Included in price: Complimentary camping at the Grand Canyon National Park campground
Details at This workshop will fill very quickly!


Contact me for a workshop in your area!


Contact me for a workshop in your area!


Spring or Fall:  Workshop for The Chestnut Group, Tennesee

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!

Prices Include Frame and Shipping to Continental US Unless Otherwise Noted. Dismiss

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