Alpine Painting; Outdoor Landscape Painting

Start Date: Sunday, August 7, 2022
Instructor: Joan Hoffmann
Fee: $470.00
Term: Summer 2022

Workshop Description

Immerse yourself in landscape and outdoor painting. In this painting workshop will make quick studies and practice techniques which will enhance your outdoor painting experience. Use the medium of your choice: oils, water-base oils, watercolors or acrylics and experience the joy of seeing these techniques evolve into your personal painting style and fine art. We will complete two painting studies each day. Beginners or experienced painters are welcome. Learn to value your art.

Joan demonstrates painting techniques: color choices, color temperatures, darks and lights and seeing shapes. If you want a firm grounding in basic painting techniques this class is for you. After four days of painting, you will be ready and confident to head outdoors and to capture nature’s light. Joan will demonstrate in watercolors and oils and she will offer insightful one-on-one critiques. She has painted in all mediums and is here to mentor and bring out the best in your painting style. She highlights how you can self-critique in the field and bring home paintings that you feel capture the essence of the landscape.

joans art

Instructor Bio

Joan Hoffmann paints impressionistic landscapes en plein air. Her oil and watercolor paintings evoke a poetic sense of place. She is widely regarded throughout the west for her paintings, teaching and mentoring painters. She works to preserve the landscapes that she paints. She exhibits at Cow Canyon Trading Post in Bluff Utah, and in her Art Barn in Vermont.

From Pt Reyes National Seashore to the Colorado Rockies and from the Red Desert to southern Utah, she has painted the landscapes to enhance their designation for protections.

She was the 2016 Artist-in-Residence at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park which is in the state of Vermont where she lives. Next year she will be the Crater Lake Artist-in-Residence and in 2005 she was Yosemite’s Artist-in-Residence, in California, which is the state she calls home. She lectures on the History of American Landscape Painting, National Parks and Public Lands.
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Workshop Schedule

8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Outdoor painting on location; Joan demos each session
11:30 112 noon Group Time Q&A and Critique
Noon to 2:30 p.m. Lunch, Swim, hike, relax
2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Outdoor painting on location; Joan demos each session
4:30 to 5 p.m. Group Q&A and critiques

Workshop Supplies List

Paint Mediums: Oil, water-base Oils, Watercolor, Acrylic

Colors: Cadmium (Hue*) yellow & Red (Hue), Lemon Yellow, Alizarine Crimson,

Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Sap green, Burnt Sienna, (Titanium White)
Mediums that you like to use with paint.
Brushes a variety appropriate for medium, including one 1/4- 1/2 inch flat brush
Board, Paper or Canvas Oil and Acrylic painters, 9"x12" (approximate) board or canvas with gesso

Watercolor painters-140lb. paper in block, or Pad & tape it to a board (Masonite or paper)

Palette oil and Acrylic use wood or plastic, watercolor use palette with four mixing areas or one large area on large palette.

Easel or fold-up table and chair or stool

Lodging and Camping Supplies

Camping gear if you are staying on campus:

  • tent and sleeping pad (unless you are staying in our tent with a cot provided)
  • warm sleeping bag
  • pillow, toiletries, and towel
  • flashlight and lantern
  • alarm clock

Field gear for everyone:

  • day pack
  • sunscreen
  • insect repellant
  • water bottles
  • plastic containers for packed lunches
  • sense of humor

You might also want to bring:

  • camera
  • binoculars
  • hand lens
  • camp chair


The weather in the Sierra Nevada can vary greatly, even in a single day. Be prepared for chilly temperatures at night, even below freezing early in the summer. Rain is a possibility any time, whether forecast or not. Variable weather clothing that can be layered is best: long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, warm sweater and jacket, t-shirt and shorts or skirt, sturdy shoes or hiking boots, sun hat, rain gear, and a warm hat or gloves for cold weather and/or night activities. And, if you come later in the season, bring your swimsuit for afternoon dips in the lakes!