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 22-29, 2017: UTAH, Zion National Park – FULL, waitlist only

Week-long painting retreat in Springdale for previous students only.

May 5-6, 2017: OHIO, Columbus – FULL, waitlist only

Two-day plein air workshop. Details TBA.  Sign up for waitlist here.

May 9-10 , 2017: NEW YORK, Montgomery (Wallkill River)

Two-Day Workshop Hosted by Wallkill River School of Art

Join Michael for two days of painting among the farms and historic sites of the Wallkill River area. The School was founded with plein air painting in mind to take artists out of the city and introduce them to the rural landscape.

Price: $240 Contact: (845) 457-ARTS,

July 17-21, 2017: MAINE, Rockland

Five-day Workshop Hosted by Coastal Maine Art Workshops

Five-day workshop in scenic and historic Rockland, Maine.

Price: $650. Details: Coastal Maine Art Workshops, 207-594-4813,

September 2-9, 2017: NOVA SCOTIA, South Shore (Close to Peggy’s Cove)   FULL, waitlist only

September 23-24, 2017: Vermont, Montpelier

Two-Day Workshop Hosted by T.W. Wood Art Gallery.  Pastel only.

Come join us in painting the autumn landscape in this studio pastel-only workshop. Weather permitting, Michael will demonstrate outdoors how he gathers plein air references for studio work. Students will paint indoors.

Price: $250 Contact: , e-mail  or call 802-262-6035

September 29-30, 2017: INDIANA, Valparaiso

Two-Day Workshop Hosted by Art Barn

Michael returns to the 60-acre Art Barn! Pond, meadows, woods – all the painting will be done right there as there is no need to leave with such beauty.

Price: $215. Contact:, 219-462-9009,

October 6-7 , 2017:COLORADO, Durango

Private Workshop


May 4-5, 2018 : ILLINOIS, Batavia

Workshop hosted by Water Street Studios..

Info coming.

May 7-9 , 2018: MICHIGAN, Lowell

Plein Air in Oil or Pastel

Join Michael for three days of painting in oil and pastel on the beautiful grounds of the Franciscan Life Process Center in Lowell, Michigan. Hosted by FLPC. Lodging available at location.

Price: $400, not including lodging. For full details and to register:

June 3-13, 2018: SCOTLAND, Villages of East Neuk & Isle of Skye

Painting Retreat Hosted by Margaret Evans’ Paint Aways

Join Michael for ten days of painting Scotland! We’ll spend half the time in the scenic seaside villages of East Neuk (just south of St Andrews) followed by time on the Isle of Skye!

Price: Details coming soon! If you’re interested, please let Michael know and he will let you know as details become available.

June 16-23, 2018: ITALY, Florence

Painting Retreat Hosted by La Meridiana of Certaldo

Join Michael for a week of painting the Tuscan landscape! The group will stay at the Villa Fattoria Bacìo in Certaldo Alto with painting excursions to Siena, La Meridiana, San Gimignano and Barberino.

Price: Starts at € 2,200. Includes transportation to/from Florence Airport, daily transportation to locations, all meals. For full details about this exciting trip to Italy, download this information sheet.

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: TBA . For details and registration:

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.

Details to come! Let Michael know if you’re interested. This workshop will fill very quickly.

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!
I will critique two paintings via e-mail for $50.  Contact me for this valuable service.

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!

Painting Workshops for Art Organizations, Art Groups, Art Centers by Michael Chesley Johnson
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