saranac lake artworks plein air
2018 Workshop: Capturing the Light & Atmosphere of the Adirondacks
August 11-12, 2018

Joe Gyurcsak

Intensive 2 day Plein Air painting workshop, be ready to work at 8:30 am to 3pm, 1/2 break for lunch (download pdf of workshop info)

Skill level
:  Beginner to Advanced joe gyurcsak
Maximum: 12 participants
Mediums: Oil, Acrylic and Watercolor mediums are welcome
Location: Paul Smith’s College VIC, 8023 State Rt. 30, Paul Smiths, NY 12970. Held in conjunction with the 2018 Adirondack Plein Air Festival, 8/13-18, in Saranac Lake, NY.
Cost: $300.00, with a $50 deposit required in advance

This workshop’s main objective is to teach artists how to see and paint with more confidence, to learn how to create wonderfully energized plein air paintings which capture the unique light and atmosphere the artist envisioned from the moment of their inspiration.

Each day will include a demo, short lecture, AM painting scene, PM painting scene, solid individual guidance and valuable critiques, group critique optional.   Drawing, Composition, Value, Color, Edges and Paint and Surface Manipulation will be covered.

About the Instructor, Joe Gyurcsak:
In 1990, Joe Gyurcsak left a successful illustration career to pursue a fine art path. “I had a born again experience as an artist when I first saw natural light on subjects in the open air. It changed my way of thinking and creating, I had made the leap into the plein air painting experience.”

Since then Joe has participated in the Door County Plein Air Festival, Bucks County Plein Air Festival, Plein Air Easton (2017 Grand Prize), Forgotten Coast Plein Air, Gloucester, VA Plein Air (2017 Grand Prize) and more. He is a 5-time faculty member at the Plein Air Convention. In 2013 and 2017 he was awarded finalist in the Plein Air Salon Competition. He is also featured in The 100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic book.

Joe is a highly regarded instructor who has authored articles and lectured / demonstrated throughout the US at more than 140 major art institutions. He is the Resident Artist for Blick / Utrecht Art Materials as well as a member of the Salmagundi Club, International Society of Acrylic Painters, Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society and California Art Club.
French Easel or pochade box, portable chair if need be
Easel umbrellas
Sun screen, bug and tick spray,
Sun Hat
Comfortable clothing for weather at that time, use neutral colored shirts to cut down on reflection on painting

Canvas: 9 small to medium size panels or canvas: (3) 8”x10”, (3) 12 x16", (3) 12 x 12” or any others sizes in this range, bring variety

 Odorless mineral spirits for oil or water acrylic / close brush wash can for either
 Rags for acrylic, paper towels oils & watercolor

 Brushes – an assortment of flats and filberts and brights (size 2, 4, 8, 10) synthetics or bristle both good
Watercolor either synthetic or sable, rounds 6, 8, cat’s tongue (oval brush) ˝”,1”

Medium sized diamond shaped painting Knife for mixing and applying paint (Blick item A03126-1005)

Suggested watercolor papers cold or rough not larger than 20” x 14”, Arches, Bockingford, Terra Skin paper, Saunders Waterford, blocks are easiest so you don’t have to tape down paper on boards, or to prevent warping) I will show students how to prepare paper to create fluid effects)

Disposable palettes are the easiest for clean up

At least have a selection of warm and cool primaries
(Watercolor painters may bring a combination of watercolor and gouache of the following colors)
Cadmium Red Light / warm / should bring
Permanent Rose / cool / optional
Alizarin Crimson /cool / should bring
Hansa Yellow light or pale / cool / should bring
Cadmium Yellow Medium /warm / should bring
Cadmium Orange /warm / should bring
Phthalo Green / cool / should bring
Chrome oxide green / should bring
Viridian Green / should bring
Cerulean Blue Hue / warm / should bring
Cobalt Blue / cool / optional 
Ultramarine Blue / cool / should bring
Titanium white or Flake White / either one should bring
Buff Titanium white
Payne Grey / should bring
Small sketch book for notes and sketches
2b /4b  pencil
Kneaded eraser
View finder and cell phone for photos if possible  

A bag lunch and water each day. Refrigerator available to keep items cold.
Payment Information
A deposit of $50 will reserve your spot, with the balance of $250 due at the start of the first class.
Deposits may be made HERE or by sending a check or money order, payable to Saranac Lake ArtWorks, to:
Plein Air Workshop
Saranac Lake ArtWorks
24 Cedar St
Saranac Lake, NY 12983
Cancellation Policy

Deposit refundable up to July 10, 2018. After that date it is non-refundable.   
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(download pdf of workshop info)