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Painting the Light; Plein Air on Site Drawing & Painting with Janet Shaw Amtmann / October 1-5, 2012

Painting the Light; Plein Air on Site Drawing & Painting with Janet Shaw Amtmann / October 1-5, 2012

Students will have the opportunity to paint landscapes on site in the beautiful Santa Fe mountains, the Historic Pecos Monument and villages in the area. The fall color should be reaching it peak at that time. Class will begin with instruction in composition and include a demonstration by the instructor on site. Students may paint in oils, pastels or acrylics. The on site experience teaches students to capture the light and shadow in the composition quickly as we will be in natures’ changing light.

About Janet: I began painting when I was 6 years old in Sarasota, Florida. My mother, a landscape and portrait artist became my teacher. We’d have afternoon tea together and she’d tell me about her day painting Florida landscapes. Listening to her and smelling that lovely scent of oil paint made me want to take her brushes and dip them into her oils and paint. And so it began. When I was 14, I began to study seriously with Syd Solomon, an abstract expressionist; Hilton Leech, a renowned landscape watercolorist and later Marilyn Bendell, a famous portrait painter. A deep friendship developed with these artists during this time, and I was encouraged to show my work. I signed my name as “J. Shaw” and continue to do so today. Many years later after nurturing a family, and pursuing careers in education, publishing and finally public relations, I retired and closed my advertising agency in Del Mar, Ca. My idea of retirement was to return to paint in an artistic community surrounded by natural beauty and work with other inspiring artists. I found all that in Santa Fe, NM and began to paint in pastels. I find that pastels lend themselves to the earth tones, dusty roads, adobes, and mountains of New Mexico. Recently, I returned to painting in oils, my original medium. I now carry both oils and pastel with me into the countryside and let the subject inspire me to work in either media.

“My work carries with it the whispered teachings of many artists I have known, and the joy and excitement I feel when confronted with the natural world that is New Mexico.” Janet Amtmann

Education: BA English with minor in art and philosophy: MA English literature
Professional Life: Teacher, editor, graphic designer, ethnographic film promoter, Printing Company Sales Manager, owner Gregory Advertising
2010 Signature Member Pastel Society of New Mexico

The workshop will be held at the Tarnoff Art Center located in Rowe New Mexico. Students (12) will have full access to the studio facility while attending the workshop. Suggestions can be made for reasonable lodging, and Santa Fe has plenty of rooms available although the city is about 20 minutes away. The daily schedule will consist of instruction from 9:00-12:00, lunch from 12:00-12:30 and continued art making from12:30-3:00. Total Cost $425,with meals (continental breakfast and lunch), $375 without meals. There is a materials list- students will need to bring materials. *Space is limited to 12 Students, we reserve spaces on a first come first serve basis. Payment is due in full at time of reservation.

When: October 1-5, 2012 M-F, 5 Days

Where: Tarnoff Art Center 4 Wildflower Lane Rowe, NM 87562

Time: 9 AM – 3 PM

Cost: $425

Artists Materials for Plein Air Painting Class Janet Shaw Amtmann


Portable easel
Sketchbook for making notes
Vine charcoal
Pencils and kneaded eraser
Paper towels


Paints: Titanium white, cadmium yellow light, cadmium yellow medium, cadmium orange, cadmium red medium, alizarin crimson, yellow ochre, raw sienna, raw umber, burnt umber, burnt sienna, cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, veridian green, Paynes grey. I like Gamblin, but you may have another company you prefer.

Assortment of brush sizes
Turpenoid and container for cleaning brushes.
Canvas panels or stretched canvases 9 x 12 up to 12 x 16 (Your choice).
Carrier of some sort for finished pieces. From store bought carriers to pizza boxes.


Pastels: Dry not oil! A basic set to give you a spectrum of color, the best and largest you can afford. I like Unison, Great American, Sennelier, Schminke, are soft pastels; Windsor Newton, Rembrandt, are hard. Nupastels are great for drawing and their sets give a wide range of color. All have their uses.

1 stiff bristle brush ¾ to 1” cheapest is best. This we’ll use to scrub in a pastel ground.

Papers: Kitty Wallis which is white or Art Spectrum in colors. These are “sanded” papers. Art Spectrum comes in 9 x 12 size in packages of 12 colors in warm or cool assortments. Wallis also comes in pads of smaller sizes. Or full sheets according to what you are used to using. I’ll demonstrate on Wallis and Art Spectrum.

Drawing board (foam core is lightweight and works well) cut to a larger size than the paper you’ll use.
Masking tape
Big clips for paper
Glassine to protect pastels

For outdoor fall painting: Hat, warm clothing, warm shoes, campstool, small portable table, sunscreen, snack for energy boost, water.

It will be fall here which means cool mornings, and warm mid-days, so dress in layers.

Max. Attendees: 15

Phone: 505-919-8888

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