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Ellen Howard

Ellen Howard

Ellen Howard

Ellen Howard

Ellen Howard

Instructor: Ellen Howard
June 18–20, 2020 (Thursday–Saturday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this class has been cancelled, however Ellen Howard will be teaching an online version of this workshop.


Ellen will work with students to understand and practice how to do a value studies iconic scene in Mendocino. On the second and third day, students will paint plein air and apply these techniques to their paintings.

Students will also focus on connecting the light and dark patterns throughout their painting to create stronger compositions and how to simplify their shapes.

Ellen will demo each day.


ELLEN HOWARD 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 highlights 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, creating 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 Chapter, Signature member of 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), Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA), American Impressionist Society (AIS), and Outdoor Painters Society (OPS).

Ellen has been juried into 107th & 108th Annual 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 both the Frank Bette Paint Out and Capitola Paint Out in 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 selected for the “Northern California Impressionism” exhibition at Peninsula Museum of Art.

Ellen had two “solo exhibitions” in 2019 – at the Mendocino Art Center in July 2019 and the Peninsula Museum of Art in September 2019. Ellen’s work has been showcased in Plein Air Magazine and American Art Collectors magazine. Several of her articles have been published by Outdoor Painter.

Ellen has been teaching four weekly oil painting classes at Art Attack in Burlingame for the past four years and teaches several plein air workshops throughout Northern California.

Ellen is represented at Curated, Capitola, CA; Arnould Gallery, Marblehead, MA; and Castle Gallery, IN.

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Current MAC Members: $324
Non-members: $360 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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