John Poon’s Workshop

This time-tested curriculum is designed for the serious student intent on improving his or her landscape painting skills.  Students will develop an increased understanding of the application of value and color in landscape, as well as compositional aspects of focus, pattern, and atmospheric perspective.  In addition, we will be working to develop better, more fluid brushwork and paint application.  The class is intended for beginning through advanced levels.  Through comprehensive lecture and demonstration, we will cover these fundamentals as the basis for successful impressionistic landscapes.  In addition, students will learn a reliable, step-by-step, systematic approach to painting en plein air, and a shorthand for working in an environment of ever changing outdoor conditions.  We will be painting 10-12 studies during the course of the week.

We will be utilizing the benefits of both outdoor and classroom painting.  Instruction will include lecture and slide presentation, instructor demonstrations, class critiques, and plenty of one-on-one time with each student.  The principles taught in the class apply universally to a variety of mediums.  All students are welcomed, though the demos will be done using Acrylics.  A field easel is required, as the class will be painting on location much of the time.

Finally, a class that deciphers the mysteries of age old concepts and breaks it down into simple, straight forward, easy to understand principles.  See what John’s student are saying at

John’s work reflects his inspired appreciation of the landscape.  He has been featured in numerous periodicals, including Southwest Art (May, 2003) and The American Art Collector. He has received Numerous awards and honors, notably “Best of Show” for the Society of Western Artists annual national competition, “Landscape Award of Merit” in Arts for the Parks annual national juried competition, and the Sonoma Plein Air “Artist Choice Award”.  He is represented by Walls Gallery at the Green Brier.

Suggested Supply List for Oils and Acrylics

Titanium White, Cadmium Red Medium, Cadmium
Yellow Light,  Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna (Utrecht).

Optional colors:  Cadmium Yellow Medium, Alizarin
Crimson, Manganese Blue.


Titanium white, Cad Yellow Light, Cad
Red Medium, Ultramarine Blue, Transparent Red Oxide
or Burnt Sienna (Utrecht)

Optional colors: Manganese Blue, Alizarin Crimson

Acrylic mediums:  Golden High Solid Gel

Oil Mediums and Solvents:  Gamsol, Linseed or Poppyseed oil only

Silver Bristlon Flat #6,#8, #10;  Small  Round Sable #8 (Utrecht 212)

Portable easel
Coulter Plein Air System, Soltek Easel, Pochade Box, French Easel  etc…

Palette            (Acrylics)
Masterson’s Palette Pal (9×12) with sponge and palette paper

Sizes: Plein Air 6×8, 8×10, 9×12, 11×14 (approx 12 panels in varied sizes)

Palette knife, brush cleaner or soap, seal-able water container (or
solvent container for oils), small seal-able container for Painting
Medium, plastic grocery bags, paper towels, easel umbrella (optional),
sunblock, bug spray, hat, sweat shirt and light windbreaker or jacket
(layers), water bottle, backpack or carrying bag.


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