Ellen Howard

Ellen Howard

Ellen Howard

Ellen Howard

Ellen Howard

Ellen Howard

Ellen Howard

Instructor: Ellen Howard

September 7, 9, 10 & 11, 2020
(Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 10am–12pm PDT)

Structure of Class: 4 two-hour Zoom classes
All levels

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In this exciting workshop Ellen will be doing live demos during three of the four sessions Ellen will work with students to understand and practice how to do value studies of the iconic Mendocino scenes on the first day. We will do several small studies (5” x 7” or 6” x 8”) using three values. Students will work from a variety of photos of Mendocino that the instructor will provide in advance. Students will also focus on connecting the light and dark patterns throughout their painting to create stronger compositions and learn how to simplify their shapes. On the second and third day, Ellen will demo in color, two different scenes from Mendocino. She will explain composition, the importance of your focal point and the use of directional lines. She will also give a color lesson throughout the demo. Ellen will do a student critique and a review of the skills presented during the workshop on the last day.


ELLEN HOWARD 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 and 109th 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 the Frank Bette Paint Out, the Capitola Paint Out, and the Monterey Bay Plein Air Artists (MBPAA) in 2018. She was one of 19 artists selected for the “Northern California Impressionism” exhibition at Peninsula Museum of Art.

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Non-members: $225 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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