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Fine Art Department

Susan Elwart Hall

Susan Elwart Hall

Susan Elwart Hall

Susan Elwart Hall

Instructor: Susan Elwart Hall
March 31–April 2, 2017 (Friday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels


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You may register online until two weeks prior to class start date. After that date, please call the registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


This course is for painters with previous oil painting experience and for the seasoned plein air painter looking to push the color envelope.” We will begin with a few exercises to review the art of seeing. These sketches of planning will enable you to look at a landscape without tremor. You will learn color, harmony and confidence. Laughter is a bonus!


SUSAN ELWART HALL has had a long and varied career in arts. After graduation from the Art Academy of Michigan she worked for Walt Disney as an artist and freelancer for eight years. She moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to attend Rudolph Schaeffer Interior Design School and then worked as an interior designer. She returned to illustrating and designing and has worked for Sunset Magazine and many Silicon Valley high-technology companies. She developed an outstanding reputation as a portrait artist working in the medium of pen and ink and pencil.

From 1995 to 2002 Susan ran the Susan Hall Studio to dedicate herself to creating original masterpieces based on classic techniques, specializing in murals and custom-designed wallpaper.

In recent years, Susan developed a strong interest in plein air painting and has gained considerable attention, including the following awards: Oil Painters of America 2013 Salon Show: Award of Excellence for Most Original; Mendocino Open Paint Out: 2013 and 2014 First Place, 2015 Plein Air Magazine Featured Artwork Award, Founders Award for Overall Consistency and Quick Draw Competition People’s Choice Award; and 2016 Featured Artist’s Choice Award and Southwest Art Best in Show; and Los Gatos Plein Air 2016 Artist Choice Award and Honorable Mention.

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Current MAC Members: $310
Non-members: $345 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

There is a registration fee of $45 for each class for non-members. Current Mendocino Art Center members do not pay a registration fee and may take 10% off each class registration. The discount is reflected in the prices above. Not a member yet? You may sign up below.
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Cancellations must be made in writing, either by mail or email. If you notify us at least 21 days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive a refund of tuition less a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date for any reason due to our contractual obligations and material acquisitions. If the Art Center is compelled to cancel a class you will receive a full tuition refund. Memberships are non-refundable as they are considered a donation to the Art Center.

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