Master Class
Mar 12, 2017, 8:00 AM
Willemstad, Curaçao
By Heather Arenas.

Spend the mornings of this masterclass with award-winning artist, Heather Arenas, at the beach, on Tablemountain and in town.  You will learn how to effectively translate the three dimensional landscape into a two dimensional painting and incorporate figures into your Plein Air work.  Heather will help you accelerate your learning process and teach you techniques to bring added interest and life to your paintings.

She took workshops from respected artists such as Vadim Zanginian, Kim English, and Clayton Beck III. She won several awards at Plein Air painting contests such as WAOW Hot Summer Nights and AWA National Juried Exhibition. One of her goals is to say more with a painting that can be said with a photograph. She wants to help others see the beauty in everyday objects, places, and people as she sees them.

March 12. 8:00 am -12:00 pm Tablemountain
March 14. 8:00 am -12:00 pm Punda/Otrobanda 
March 15. 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Daaibooi Beach


4 hours of instruction, demos and painting time each day and is open to all adults above the age of 18. Suited for seasoned painters. The medium of your choice. Registration is required. 


As spots are limited to 15 persons, we encourage you to apply asap via our website. Please do not wait until March 2 to apply, that is only the pay date.

Workshop fee: NAfl. 125,-- per session or NAfl.300,-- for the full 3-day course (March 11, 13 and 16). 
Tuition must be paid by March 2, 2017.

Please note: 1) instructors or locations are subject to change. 2) Paintings produced by participants in the workshops or master-classes
are not eligible for submission to the PAC gallery. 3) The colors mentioned in the outlines are the colors the instructor will be working with, but feel free to use the colors you have available.


*There is also a Masterclass and a course for Teens and Young Adults.

March 11. St. Jorisbay Windsurfer’s Village. 
Instructor: Cecil Glenn Runion (USA)
March 13. Landhuis Klein Kwartier
Instructor: Ryan Brown(USA) 
March 16. Curacao Museum
Instructor: Glenn Vilppu (USA)

All classes are from 8 AM - 12 PM

Registration is required.

Mar 11, 2017, 8:00 AM
For beginner painters

Cecil Runion will be teaching art techniques relating to nature at a location where rocks, sand, water and sky combined with manmade structures are exceptional for plein air painting. Being a biologist Cecil can guide the students in exploring the site, surroundings and the different kinds of vegetation. He will give tips as to what to focus on when painting. This observation-sketching tour will last approximately 40 minutes. Then he will start the drawing and painting process, explaining how to include the different things observed, while giving encouragement, oversight, and input. Medium of your choice

Approaches to Plein Air painting

In this workshop, Ryan will show students a method for laying in a composition from life outdoors. We will discuss specific approaches to landscape painting that will help the artists see with more accuracy and develop a painting in an organized approach. Ryan will demonstrate as well as individually critique students, helping them correct their paintings and develop them further. We will discuss elements of value and edge, color harmony, and drawing. Suggested colors are Lead white, cadmium yellow light, yellow ochre, cadmium red light, Vermillion, alizarin crimson permanent, viridian, sap green, cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, asphalt, ivory black. Medium: Oil

Composition for Landscape painting

Glenn Vilppu will demonstrate the use of thumbnail sketches to develop compositions and the use of values as well as light and dark patterns to create space. Students will work along with him developing compositions in their sketchbooks and then translate one into a painting. Recommended are the colors of a limited palette: Red, Blue, Yellow, White and Black. Glenn may also use Umber and Cerulean Blue. His suggestions for the colors: Alizarin Crimson (or Permanent Rose Magenta or Rose Madder), Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Yellow Light, Titanium white and Umber Cerulean Blue. Glenn will demonstrate using a sketchbook and pencils for thumbnail sketches and paint with gouache. Medium of your choice.

Mar 10, 2017, 2:00 PM

Workshops for teens (ages 13-21) Plein Air Curacao 2017

2) Paintings produced by participants in the workshops or
1) instructors or locations are subject to change.
Please note:

Workshop fee: NAfl. 200,-- for 3 days ( March 10, 11,12) NAfl. 75,-- for 1 day 
masterclass are not eligible for submission to the PAC gallery
3) The colors mentioned in the outlines are the colors the instructor will be working, but feel free to use the colors you have available.

March 10, 2 PM - 6PM 
Riffort Village, Otrobanda 
Instructor: Benjamin Clark (USA)
March 11, 9AM - 1PM
Landhuis Chobolobo
Instructor: Shinhuey Ho (Trin) 
March 12, 9 AM - 1 PM Pirate´s Bay at Pisacadera
Instructor: Ulices Matos (Cuba )

Language: Spanish, but translation on the site is available for Dutch, English, and Papiamentu speaking participants.


All classes are from 8 AM - 12 PM

Registration is required.


Students will take their materials and find a subject that inspires them. Using the techniques and ideas just demonstrated they will create their own (urban) sketches and compositions. Benjamin will spend time with each individual student talking to them about their work and helping them with any questions. In
will pass out handouts during the workshop with examples of pencil sketching, gesture drawing and pen and ink techniques. He will briefly talk about the importance of sketching and will show examples of sketches that great works of art have been based on. Basic ideas of figure and gesture drawing will be presented as well as thumbnail sketching techniques and composition. He will talk about seeing the subject and transferring that to the page and discuss watercolor techniques and basic ideas of color using his hand out on watercolor technique and color examples. The class will start with a demonstration and the sketch will be completed on location from start to finish using pencil and applying watercolor and ink. Benjamin is open for student questions after completion of the sketch. Benjamin Clark
conclusion we will have a short discussion where students can talk about their process and their completed sketches with their classmates.
Students are urged to bring their favorite sketching tools and paper

Supplies: a variety of watercolor brushes in varying size (at least 4 brushes), two sketching graphite 2B and 2H pencils, a kneaded eraser, or mechanical pencils, small pencil sharpener, two fine point ink pens, 9x12 or 8x10 watercolor paper sketchbook, container for water, water bottle, travel size tissue packet, portable stool/cushion, small restaurant packet of salt (if possible), carrying bag for all supplies, 9x12 drawing board, one roll of masking tape, one pair small scissors, basic watercolor set


Shinhuey Ho will be demonstrating how to paint landscapes with oil paint and a palette knife. The focus will be on: how to use the palette knife to create different effects, how to mix colors to create the exact color of your choice, and how to express sunlit areas and shadowed areas with appropriate mixed colors.
The students will choose their own spot to paint and use the palette knife techniques and color-mixing techniques demonstrated by Shinhuey to create their own paintings.Students will need Oil colors, Palette knife, canvas panel, mixing palette or disposable paper palette,2B Pencil or charcoal.
Oil colors required are Titanium White, Cadmium Lemon, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Viridian, Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue. No solvent required for palette knife painting.
Canvas size recommended 9x12 or 11x14. Canvas panels are better for 
plein air painting than stretched canvas. If available Centurion deluxe oil primed linen panels, otherwise what is available on the island will serve as well.


Outdoor painting is an interesting experience requiring skill and dexterity because of the dynamic style of painting due to the whims of nature.
The theme of the workshop is the natural beauty of the seascape of the Caribbean islands. The workshop will lead to the development of the skills like:
-the application of colors (oil, acrylic or water) using different techniques;
- mixing colors to get different shades;
-using the contrasts of light and shadow;
-expressing personal emotions regarding the landscape using the different techniques.

Supplies: oil or acrylic color, watercolor (if available Winsor & Newton, Rembrandt or other)
Recommended colors for oil or acrylic: Titanium white, lemon yellow, cadmium yellow, ochre yellow, cadmium red, alizarin red, toasted sienna, viridian green, cobalt blue, ultramarine, black
Brushes: round or flat for oil (numbers 2;4;6;10; 14)
General: Spatula, your palette of choice, canvas panels size 11x14 inch.
Specifically for oil: thinner (turpentine), linseed oil,


Recommended for watercolors: carmine red, cobalt blue, ochre yellow, toasted sienna.
Specifically for watercolor: paperboard, adhesive tape, paper napkin for cleaning, water to mix colors and a separate container to clean brushes

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