Alpine Watermedia Painting en Plein Air

Dates: August 13 - 18, 2023
Instructor: Joan Hoffmann
Fee: $560.00
Term: Summer 2023

Workshop Description

Immerse yourself in landscape and outdoor painting. In this painting workshop will make quick studies and practice a variety of techniques which will enhance your outdoor painting. Use the medium of your choice: Watercolors, Gouache or Acrylics. Experience the joy of “seeing” nature and capturing it with your personal painting style. 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 this workshop, you will be ready and confident to head outdoors and to capture nature’s landscape and light. Joan will demonstrate in watercolors 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.

Joan Hoffman watercolor Tall Pines

Instructor Bio

Joan Hoffmann paints impressionistic oils and watercolors. Her paintings evoke a poetic sense of place. For over forty year she has exhibited, taught and mentored beginners to professional painters. She has been an artist-in-residence (outdoor painter) at Zion, Yosemite, Marsh-Billings and Crater Lake National Parks. She has taught at SNFC for five years, is a native Californian and currently resides in Vermont.

Joan Hoffmann


Workshop Schedule

8:30 to noon. Outdoor painting on location; Joan demos each session
11:30 12 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: Watercolor, Acrylic

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

Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Sap green, Burnt Sienna & indigo

Bring the colors you like, these are suggested colors

Brushes variety appropriate for your medium, including one 1/4 inch or larger flat or round

Board, Paper or Canvas

Watercolor painters-140lb. paper in block, or Pad 9”x12” approximately and board to tape loose paper on which to paint (cardboard or Masonite)

Acrylic board, canvas or paper with backing

Palette watercolor use palette with four mixing areas

(or one large area on large palette)

Easel or folding chair and table

Paper towels, two water containers and water bottle

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!