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Maeve Croghan

Maeve Croghan

Maeve Croghan

Maeve Croghan

Maeve Croghan

Maeve Croghan

Maeve Croghan

Instructor: Maeve Croghan
PLEIN AIR – A DEEPER LOOK (oil or acrylic)
April 25–26, 2020 (Saturday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all Mendocino Art Center classes, open studios, and exhibits will be postponed, and the gallery store will be closed, through May 31. More information


This workshop is geared toward students who desire to more deeply explore their painting process while connecting with the outside natural world.

Students will be guided by Maeve to keenly observe nature as she demonstrates and instructs how to paint from your observations to create an expressive and meaningful painting.

Focusing on specific subjects in Nature, students will learn how to observe and paint these subjects and their surroundings, enriching each student’s understanding of Nature.
The class will start in the studio with an historical overview presentation on different aspects of Nature Painting.

We then continue outdoors to our painting spot, which will offer a variety of painting subjects. Maeve will paint a demonstration painting, talking about the various elements in the Landscape and how to approach each element in your own painting. 

Students then set up for the day, beginning one to two paintings per day. Maeve circulates around throughout the day, guiding and enabling each student to produce a nearly finished painting of their nature subject.

Class is open to all levels. Maeve’s helpful demeanor and many years of teaching experience is enriching for advanced to beginner students.


MAEVE CROGHAN has been painting nearly all her life. Studying art at the San Francisco Art Institute, as well the Portland Museum College, helped formed her innovative approach to plein air and Nature painting. She has a BA from New College of California in Art and Education. She has numerous accolades – her paintings have been exhibited in museum showings in Japan, Alaska, California, Oregon, New Mexico and Michigan. Her paintings grace collections throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan and Mexico. Her paintings are featured on the wine labels of Castoro Cellars from Paso Robles, CA. Maeve’s paintings have been chosen for multiple editions of the national juried art books, ART of Northern California and American Art Collector, as well the Studio Visit art journal. She has been the recipient of many prestigious juried awards.

Maeve teaches plein air painting classes regularly with Mackinac Island Arts Council, and is the Artist in Residence at the Island House Hotel, offering plein air painting classes throughout the summer on Mackinac Island, MI.

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Current MAC Members: $216
Non-members: $240 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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