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Ellen Howard

Ellen Howard

Ellen Howard

Ellen Howard

Instructor: Ellen Howard
DISCOVERING THE BEAUTY
OF THE MENDOCINO COAST

June 6–8, 2019 (Thursday–Saturday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
SU19FA501
All levels


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CLASS DESCRIPTION
Students will focus on simplifying shapes for better compositional design, how to capture the mood of the day through the effects of light and shade elements and how to improve color harmonies. We will work with value studies the first morning then work plein air the rest of the workshop.

 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
ELLEN HOWARD has been a California resident for 20 years, but grew up outside of Boston surrounded by relatives who were artists. After earning a B.S. in Business and a minor in art history from Syracuse University, she then began her career in finance and venture capital. It wasn’t until her two children were older that she returned to her love of art and art history. In 2010, she was introduced to plein air painting and started taking classes and attending workshops. She has had the opportunity to study with several noted artists, including Will Maller and Bill Davidson, who have become great mentors.

Ellen works primarily in oils studying landscape and marine subjects on location allowing her to be outdoors, taking in the nuances, beauty and diversity of Northern California. True enjoyment comes from painting the marshlands and highlighting areas along the Pacific Coast, capturing the light as it spreads across a scene.

"I strive for my paintings to engage the viewer and evoke a sense of connection, create a stillness that transports the onlooker to a tranquil space. Each painting is unique and an expression of that mood or energy expressed at that time.” 

– Ellen Howard

Ellen is an Artist member and Co-Chair of the California Art Club, San Francisco Region, a signature member of the California Plein Air Painters (CPAP), Society of Western Artists (SWA) and Monterey Plein Air Painters, a member of the Salmagundi Club, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPs), Oil Painters of America (OPA), the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA), the American Impressionist Society (AIS), the Outdoor Painters Society (OPS), and the Plein Air Painters of Colorado (PAAC). Ellen has been juried into the 107th Gold Medal Exhibition, California Art Club and the American Impressionist Society’s Small works exhibition in 2018, “Best of America” NOAPS national exhibitions 2016, 2017. Ellen was a featured artist in the Mendocino Art Center’s Mendocino Open Paint Out (MOPO) in 2016 and 2018 and won “Best Water Scene” in MOPO in 2017. She has also received Honorable Mentions from the Frank Bette Paint Out, 2018, Capitola Paint Out, 2018, Monterey Bay Plein Air Artists (MBPAA) and the CPAP Annual Exhibition in 2017. National Juried exhibitions include CAC and AIS 2018, 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.


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

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REFUNDS & CANCELLATIONS
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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