Summer Workshop with Marc Dalessio: Plein Air

Marc Dalessio: August 12-14

(Please note this workshop is full. To be added to the waitlist, contact us)

The Atelier at Flowerfield is pleased to announce that American naturalistic painter Marc Dalessio will be teaching a three day Plein Air workshop this summer, as part of our Atelier Summer Workshop Series.  The workshop will be held daily from 9-5pm, Saturday August 12th, Sunday August 13th, and Monday the 14th.  Marc is a gifted instructor and a celebrated painter of international standing. In his workshop students will apply the use of the “sight-size” technique as applied to painting en plein air, as well as composition, color theory, painting techniques and materials. There will be a daily demonstration followed by individual instruction in the field. If it rains, the course will take place in our north light studios at the Atelier.


"...I’ve always felt that an important duty of the poet today is to direct a return to humility towards, reflection on, and study of, the natural world. This return to finding inspiration in the world around us, as well as building a foundation for art based on the observation of nature, are important first steps towards building an environmentally sustainable future for humanity." - Marc Dalessio


 Marc's education stems from his studies at the University of California at Saint Cruz, and the Charles Cecil Studios of Florence, Italy, a traditional painting atelier directly descended, via R. H. Ives Gammell and William Paxton, to the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris under Jean-Léon Gérôme.  To learn more about Marc, click here.


We invite you to watch a short video provided by instructor Marc Dalessio discussing greens during a past course:


Instructor: Marc Dalessio

Time: 9:00am-5:00 pm

Dates: Saturday, August 12th - Monday, August 14th

Class Length: 3 Days

Price: $450

Level: Beginner-Intermediate

Class size: 12


Oil Colors:

Titanium white

Cadmium yellow light (not Lemon)

Cadmium yellow medium

Cadmium orange

Yellow ochre (Golden ocher by Old Holland, Zecchi’s Roman ocher, or Michael Harding’s French ocher)

A light cadmium red or vermilion

Cadmium red medium

Cerulean blue

Ultramarine blue (Old Holland ultramarine deep ultramarine is essential)

Cobalt blue (manganese blue if it’s a tropical location)

For the cadmium colors, I like Williamsburg, for blues I prefer Old Holland. Most titanium whites are fine

The only important ones are the ocher and Old Holland’s ultramarine deep


I use a balsam/sun-thickened oil medium, Zecchi sells it in Europe, Blue Ridge was selling it in the US. Bring anything you’re comfortable with

Turpentine, Gamsol, or mineral spirits

Other Things:

Portable easel

Support: 20 x 30 cm (8 x 12 in.) or larger prepared wood panels or primed linen canvas

A palette, preferably folding for keeping paint off your transportation

Palette cups for turpentine and medium

Palette knives

A selection of brushes. Marc uses Cornelissen series 44 bristle brushes (sizes 3 to 8) and small Zecchi sables (sizes 0 to 5)

Also: Hat, sunscreen, waterproof clothes, a clip-on umbrella, and bug spray