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Bill Lane and Sam Green: 3-Day off-site Workshop: Painting Outside in Providence August 31 - September 2
Mark Freedman: 3-Day Workshop: Urban Landscape Painting September 7 - 9
Betsy Payne Cook: 3-Day Workshop: Paint the Night: Pastel Painting September 14 - 16
Green & Lane 3-Day Painting Outside
 in Providence
Tuesday-Thursday, August 31 - September 2,
Painting Outside in Providence with Sam Green & Bill Lane

Take your painting skills outside and learn the logistics of painting plein air with Providence Art Club teachers Sam Green and Bill Lane. They will guide you through the fun (and frustrations) of working outside during this 3-day workshop. All painting locations will be walkable from the Club so that you will have access to parking, bathrooms, food and respite.

Medium: Any and all types. Sam will be painting in oils and Bill in watercolor but please paint in the medium that suits you best. This workshop is not about the medium, although they’ll address the nuances of oils and watercolors during their demos, it’s about painting outside!

In late July (date to be announced), they will offer an afternoon “Meet & Greet” at the Club to review equipment and discuss your materials for successful outside painting. This should give you plenty of time to secure any missing items for our 3-day workshop in late August/early September.

Location: Off-site and 3rd Floor Masiello Studio
Class size limit: 20

Fee: $450 member || $550 non-member
Sam Allerton Green paints often, both inside and outside. The majority of his work is done plein air, on site, in a single session. This forces him to focus on capturing what it feels like to be there, rather than simply replicating what he sees.

Sam grew up in Providence, and studied painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He has been an artist in residence at The Creative Alliance at the Patterson in Baltimore, MD, and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT.
Bill Lane
Artist Statement:
"Everyday scenes from life intrigue me the most; be it a barren skyline, boats at the dock or city life on a busy day. I observe how the light plays into the scene and dances off the subjects. Because of this, I always work light to dark, saving those light values for the “sweet” spots in the painting." 
Freedman 3-Day Urban Landscape Painting
Tuesday-Thursday, September 7 - 9
Urban Landscape Painting with Mark Freedman

I would like to share with people my vision of the modern urban environment, including open industrial spaces and their relationships to more densely populated areas.

Urban landscape is a broadly termed genre. this class will be flexible enough to reflect and respect that. I look forward to instructing and working with people regardless of their proficiency and experience.

Oil and acrylic paints are equally acceptable because I know that some people are sensitive to the
chemicals associated with oil painting. Charcoal, pastels, and watercolors are fine but the emphasis is on oil/acrylic.
Canvas and wood are the preferred surfaces, however I try to be open minded about what people want to use.

Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio
Class size limit: 15

Fee: $350 member || $450 non-member
Mark Freedman's Artist Statement

"The urban environment possesses a unique ability to capture and hold light. There is a story in every image that I’ve rendered no matter how minor or cryptic. The beauty of our cities is sometimes obvious, but many more times, ironic. Love? Hate? For me, yes.

I love to paint cities. I love to paint the transportation systems that get us to and around the cities.

That’s my statement and I’m sticking to it."
Cook 3-Day Paint the Night: Pastel Painting
Tuesday-Thursday, September 14-16
Paint the Night: Pastel Painting with Betsy Payne Cook

The changing atmosphere from dusk to night lends itself to scenes of mystery, quiet contemplation and raucous drama. Nocturne paintings of the landscape, cityscape or interior scenes force the artists to shift value and color choices. For three days we will explore the changes that happen after daylight has disappeared and our view has limited natural and manmade lights giving us a chance to sprinkle with a bit of imagination.

Through demonstration and exercises Betsy will share key strategies and tips to paint scenes from dusk to night. Preliminary work will focus on the partnership between value sketches and notan designs to enhance your composition for an end of day setting. Creative color options will infuse personality into the night scenes, and Betsy will introduce way to heighten that emotive quality. This is a great time to use those brilliant colors in your palette!

Besides painting on traditional sanded papers, you will prepare our own pumice coated boards to use in this workshop. On day one, we will prepare textured pumice boards and dive into preliminary value, notan and color studies to set a plan for at least two paintings. Day two and three we will paint on black/dark sanded pastel paper and on the prepared pumice surface.
Betsy will provide daily demonstrations and encourages opportunities for class interaction. She will provide plenty of individual easel time to meet needs of the artists. Painting is about challenging yourself to try something new and experiment. There will be at least two group critiques. Handouts will be provided.

In addition, there will be a fee for the materials for the textures surfaces we will be making. You will have choices of gatorboard sizes ranging from 9 x 12 to 12 x 18. We will be preparing surfaces coated with gesso and pumice ground.

Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio
Class size limit: 15

Fee: $350 member || $450 non-member
Betsy Payne Cook paints exclusively with pastels, and is honored to be a juried artist member of the Pastel Society of America and to have achieved signature membership status with the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod (PPSCC) and the Connecticut Pastel Society ( CPS). Betsy is acknowledged as a juried Master Artist at the Cape Cod Art Association. She participates in local and national juried exhibitions, and is a gallery artist at Woodruff’s Art Center in Mashpee. Her pastel paintings have been exhibited in many competitive regional and national juried exhibitions having won numerous awards including Best of Show for the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod in 2013. She is a member of several art organizations and pastel societies, including the Plein air Painters of Cape Cod Art Center. Betsy is also an art mentor with the ArtWorks Program for high school students interested in pursuing a career in art.

Betsy records her thoughts and experiences as an artist in her newsletter and blog “Painting In and Out” sharing snippets of her life in the studio and painting outdoors ( plein air). In January 2021, Betsy began hosting casual monthly Virtual Open Studio Visits for her followers. Betsy teaches pastel and plein air workshops and classes, and is on the faculty of the Falmouth Arts Center and the Cultural Center of Cape Cod; and is a guest instructor /demonstrator for regional organizations and societies including the upcoming Plein Air series of workshops hosted jointly by Cape Cod Art Center and the Cape Cod Museum of Art. Betsy enjoys planning plein air painting workshops and retreats, artists painted with her in Wales, Great Britain in 2017, and her 2020 retreat in Italy has been postponed to 2022. 
Register by emailing Abba Cudney at

Workshop Enrollment
Workshop size is limited and enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Providence Art Club members will have the first opportunity to enroll. If enrollment maximum is reached, you may add your name to a wait list. The Art Club strives to provide the highest quality art classes in various media.
Cancellation Policy
+ In the event you are unable to attend a workshop you have registered for, please contact Abba Cudney
+ The Providence Art Club may find it necessary to cancel a workshop due to low enrollment or other scheduling conflicts. If this occurs, registered members will be contacted and refunded the full course fee.
Contact us:
Providence Art Club 11 Thomas Street Providence RI 02903
(401) 331-1114