plein air painting landscape workshops in Sedona Arizona

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"I just wanted to tell you thanks so much for the wonderful plein air workshop in Sedona. It was everything I had hoped it would be. The instruction was very valuable and I will practice it regularly to improve my paintings. Thanks for keeping the class small so everyone could receive equal instruction. We couldn't ask for a better experience."

"Thanks for a productive and well-planned workshop. I learned much about colors, values, local color and a lot more. I worked on the last painting a bit and plan to finish it and frame it. My mind continues to go over the things I learned, which means I will continue to use the techiques."

Are you new to plein air painting? If so, I strongly encourage you to take my online plein air painting course. It's only $15
and includes a downloadable text and several helpful videos for you to watch!

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Join plein air landscape painter Michael Chesley Johnson for small-size outdoor painting workshops
and painting retreats in Sedona, Arizona, and the nearby Verde Valley area October 2015-April 2016.

Looking for a small workshop? Paint Sedona workshops are limited typically to only 4 students. You'll get much more feedback and personal help in these small workshops.

Paint Sedona offers three different types of workshops:

  1. All-level plein air workshops (all levels of student, from beginner to professional)
  2. Advanced plein air workshops and retreats (for intermediate to advanced to professionals)
  3. Special topic workshops (for intermediate to advanced to professionals)

Price of each workshop - only US$300, not including lodging. Workshops run Tue-Fri, 9-1.
Class size is limited, so reserve soon!
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Now offering a lodging/tuition package! For $600, you get the workshop plus five nights' lodging at Gandolfo Studios.

You'll be near some of the best hiking and painting in and near Sedona. Sedona's "Red Rock Country" is famous for beautiful rock formations, canyons and scenic vistas. We may also visit the mining town of Jerome, historic Clarkdale and the surrounding Verde River watershed. the For more on Sedona, visit the Sedona Chamber of Commerce, I Love Sedona and Sedona Monthly sites. For some neat video, visit

NEW! One-Day Pastel Classes!
Looking to get started in pastel painting or to hone your skills? One of the country's top pastel painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, is offering to teach you pastel painting in a series of one-day classes. Johnson, who rarely gives one-day classes, has scheduled three Saturdays in January. On January 9, he will be covering Pastel Basics. On January 16, Color for the Pastel Painter. The final class on January 23 will introduce pastel painters to painting outdoors in Plein Air Pastel Basics. Each class runs 9-2 and costs $70. Classes may be taken independently of the others, so students may take one or all. Classes will be held in West Sedona. Pre-registration required. Contact Michael to register.

Michael Chesley Johnson, Painting SedonaOne of the country's top plein air painters, Michael works in oil and pastel in the American Southwest, coastal Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. He has been an invited artist to many national plein air painting events over the years and has competed in challenging locations such as the Grand Canyon.

Elected a Master Pastellist by Pastel Artists Canada in 2008, he is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and the Pastel Society of America and a juried member of Oil Painters of America. He is the author of Backpacker Painting: Outdoors with Oil & Pastel and Through a Painter's Brush: The American Southwest . A long-time contributor to The Pastel Journal and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, he lives and paints on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Sedona, Arizona. Michael also specializes in teaching small-size plein air workshops in oil and pastel for the intermediate and advanced level painter and for painters desiring mentoring. Michael also teaches workshops in the summer in the Canadian Maritimes and Downeast Maine. Visit for details. He also travels to teach. Visit the workshop schedule page of his website for details. Michael also paints under the name of Mac Braxton.

Michael also has a large archive of tips and techniques for the plein air painter on his blog.

"Thank you for a wonderful painting experience.  It was so much better than a workshop with a lot of students. I would definitely do this again." - Martha from Delaware

Don't miss the opportunity to study with this master!