teaching & events

My teaching objective is to create a positive environment, empowering students to take risks, ask questions and pursue their own individual artistic path. My method involves sharing some aspects of my own process, aiming to help students build tangible foundational skills and to offer guidance about materials. I also focus on mindset and thought process as important aspects of creating art. 

Ongoing

Online Video Course: Layered Moments: Painting the Still Life


Available through Kara Bullock Art School. Please click on the link below for more information.

https://karabullockart.com/product/layered-moments/

Master Class: Plein Air Painting, Glen Arbor Arts Center, Michigan (in-person)

Date: September 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16, 2022
Time: 10 am – 5 pm (roughly)
Registration Deadline: August 22
Location: Start at GAAC / locations TBD

For more information or to register, please visit the Glen Arbor Arts Center website.

This guided immersive workshop invites painters to experience painting outdoors in and around Glen Arbor. We will discuss methods for choosing a painting site, organizing what we see into interesting compositions, active looking, and creating color harmony, among other topics. Every day painting outside encourages growth as a painter.

We will discuss specific methods for effectively choosing a painting site, organizing the majesty of what we see into interesting compositions, and creating color harmony, among other topics. We will work to develop much-needed technical skills required for responsive painting on location but will also discuss equally important aspects of painting such as mindset, expectations, and active looking.

Our days will include:
-Live painting demos
-Discussion
-Ample time to paint
-Individual guidance and feedback
-Connection with like-minded artists

Come prepared to work on two paintings each day – one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Every day spent painting outside is an opportunity for growth as a painter, even if it doesn’t result in a wholly successful painting.


2023

Plein Air Workshop: A Fresh Approach
Bluebird Hill Retreat, Tennessee (in-person)

4 Days – May 3-6, 2023
$750 (includes daily lunch and snacks)

For more information or to register, please visit the Bluebird Hill Retreat website.

This workshop offers a guided learning opportunity to immerse yourself in a multi-day
experience painting outdoors with me. We will paint together at the peaceful Bluebird
Hill Retreat, a serene country getaway created by visual artists, located in picturesque
Santa Fe, TN. The distractions that dominate everyday life are suspended here and our
sole purpose will be to paint and talk about painting.

We will work to develop technical, mental and perceptual skills needed to translate our
response to what we see in nature into 2-dimensional form. Topics will include exploring
and choosing a painting site, organizing the majesty of what we see into interesting
compositions, using color to create harmony and unity, editing and prioritizing elements
in a painting, and organically developing interesting painting surfaces, among others.
We will also discuss equally-important aspects of painting such as active looking, focus,
mindset, and expectations.

Every day spent painting outside is an opportunity to enjoy the moment and grow as a painter. 

Suitable for all levels of experience, although some plein air experience is helpful.