James Richards Workshop 2024


James Richards AISM

May 16-17, 2024 (New Bern, NC)
​2 Day Workshop - $350


James's workshops are geared to unravel the mystery of capturing light in your paintings. After many years of teaching and observing the artwork being created today, James realizes a major component that is missing in most work: The true illusion of light. Developing this one thing will add power and feeling into your work. This will also give you the freedom to explore your personal artistic creative voice. James will introduce exercises to practice and give you more clarity of the intention and process of creating light filled fine art. It is his goal that all of his students and artists develop into the best artist they can be.

This will primarily be a plein air workshop (weather permitting) in and around beautiful New Bern, NC. Come learn with James to deepen your control and understanding of this elusive medium. All levels welcome.


Day 1 will be spent with James sharing his concepts, ideas and techniques for creating loose impressionistic paintings. This is mainly a teaching and demonstration day, with some student painting as well. Concepts covered will include planning and organizing your painting to allow for looseness and spontaneity. You will discuss how to turn the chaotic visual elements of reality into a visual language on canvas. In addition, you’ll also be working on creating color harmony while using a limited palette. James will provide photo references with information relative to the next day’s work.

Day 2 will be spent working En Plein Air (weather permitting and locations TBD) while applying and sharpening the concepts and techniques from the previous day’s study. You will be encouraged to paint multiple pieces, with a focus on smaller studies.

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To see more of James's work and complete resume visit his website. www.artistjamesrichards.com

Following your enrollment you will be contacted by the coordinator of your workshop.
For immediate questions or assistance contact  workshops@pleinairnewbern.com

Deposit of $100 ($40 is non-refundable) will reserve your place. Balance due 30 days prior to workshop start date.

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