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Ellen Howard

Ellen Howard

Ellen Howard

Ellen Howard

Ellen Howard

Instructor: Ellen Howard
June 21–23, 2018 (Thursday–Saturday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

This class is currently full. To be placed on the waiting list, please call the Mendocino Art Center Registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


This workshop will focus on capturing the beauty of a landscape painting. We will work on strengthening your composition through simplified shapes, value patterns and identifying the light and dark patterns in a landscape. The first day of this workshop we will work from photos in the morning to do thumbnail sketches, a charcoal study, a 5”x7” gray scale painting and a 5”x7” color study. We will venture outside in the afternoon, if time permits and weather permits. The second and third days we will paint along the Mendocino coastline, explore the quaint town of Mendocino and venture to MacKerricher State Park. The class will be taught with a lot of individual attention and Ellen will do a demo each day. Ellen teaches with a lot of enthusiasm, energy and humor. We will end the workshop with a short critique.


ELLEN HOWARD is Co-Chair of the California Art Club, San Francisco Region, a signature member of the California Plein Air Painters (CPAP), and a signature member of the Society of Western Artists (SWA). She is a member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS), the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA), the Los Gatos Art Association (LGAA), the American Impressionist Society (AIS), the Outdoor Painters Society (OPS), and the Plein Air Painters of Colorado (PAAC). Ellen has also been juried into the 2016 and 2017 “Best of America” NOAPS national exhibitions. She was awarded 2nd Place in the LGAA Greater Bay Area Open earlier this year. Ellen was a featured artist in Mendocino Art Center’s plein air event, the Mendocino Open Paint Out (MOPO) in 2016, and won “Best Water Scene” in MOPO in 2017. She has also received Honorable Mentions from both the Monterey Bay Plein Air Artists (MBPAA) and the CPAP Annual Exhibition in 2017. National juried exhibitions include OPS 2015 and 2017, and PAAC 2017. She was one of 19 artists for the “Northern California Impressionism” exhibition at Peninsula Museum of Art.

Ellen’s work has been showcased in the October 2016 issue of Plein Air Magazine and the September 2017 issue of Art Collectors magazine.

Visit Ellen Howard's website

Read Ellen's article in OutdoorPainter.com:
How I Got Out of My Comfort Zone and Improved My Art

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

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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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