Introduction to Plein Air Oil Painting – The Art Students League

Introduction to Plein Air Oil Painting

Maddine Insalaco & Joe Vinson

Maddine Insalaco & Joe Vinson

Workshop Description

MAY 11 – 12
Saturday & Sunday
10:00 AM – 4:30 pm
Fee: $290
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 15 students
Request supply list upon registration

The qualities of fugitive light and shifting atmospheric conditions in the landscape make “plein air” the most challenging type of painting. The need to work quickly requires that the technique and approach adopted be distinct from studio paint- ing. This short workshop will focus on the formal elements of spatial construction in a carefully observed landscape. Students will be shown how to analyze natural space in terms of light (value) and air (atmospheric perspective). The technical method introduced will derive from the 18th century open air tradition in the sequence of paint application and use of paper as a surface, but will stress contemporary abstract principles of color contrasts to create form and space within a composition.

About the Instructor

Maddine Insalaco (MFA New York Academy of Art) and Joe Vinson (BA Ringling School of Art, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), divide their life between New York City and Tuscany where they have taught landscape painting since 1995. They are established experts in the history of open air painting and its connection to modern art. The couple has published, lectured, curated, and exhibited on the subject in diverse forums such as the American Artist, Plein Air, Sotheby’s, the National Academy of Design, the Palm Springs Art Museum, the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon, GA, and the Jerusalem Studio School among others. Their work has been shown extensively in solo and group exhibitions in the USA, Italy and France. For more detailed information:, and
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