Alain J. Picard, July 2017

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2017, July 1st – 8th

Workshop Description:

Landscape, Still Life, and Plein Air Figure/Portrait in the Landscape
The true subject of this workshop is light. On this beautiful vacation art workshop to Croatia, we’ll study the magical coastal light of this ancient archipelago on the Adriatic Sea. Full of everything from quaint historic villages to olive groves, remote reefs and islets, we’ll have much to explore as we focus each day on a unique location and subject. We’ll learn how to observe and record the light before us revealing form, color, and emotion by combining direct observation from nature with further study of our newfound subjects using photographic reference back in the studio. Throughout the workshop we’ll practice making small location sketches and color studies before progressing to larger works. This helps us learn to capture the essence of the scene, harnessing the big simple shapes of light and shadow first, and quickly discerning the value relationships of colors. You’ll leave this workshop feeling both inspired and empowered to tackle any subject that comes your way by understanding how to capturing the light!

About the Artist:

Alain Picard earned a BA in illustration from Western Connecticut State University and went on to study at the Art Students League of New York. Picard cites Sargent, Degas, and Sorolla among his artistic influences. A love of light and beauty are immediately apparent in his pastel and oil paintings. Alain’s work has been featured in such publications as The Artist’s Magazine and The Pastel Journal. He’s garnered top awards throughout the Northeast in esteemed exhibitions, including the Portrait Society of America, the Hudson Valley Art Association, the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, the Connecticut Pastel Society and the Pastel Society of America. Alain is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America as well as the Connecticut Pastel Society where he served as President from 2012 to 2014. In 2004, The Artist’s Magazine highlighted Alain as one of 20 contemporary artists “On the Rise.” He later won the Best Portfolio Award at the 2009 Portrait Society of America Conference in Washington, DC. A frequent workshop instructor and demonstrator for art associations, schools, universities and museums, he recently demonstrated at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Arts Club in New York City. In an effort to share his passion for art with others, Alain recently published two books, Pastel Basics and Mastering Pastel, and stars in a growing collection of instructional art videos. Alain lives with his wife and two sons in Southbury, CT.

If you are interested in this workshop, please register here and we will contact you with more information shortly.


Total Workshop Prices (7 days, per person)

shared accommodation single accommodation non-artist (in shared room)
Total for workshop 1,495 € 1,655 € 755 €


The workshop fee includes:

  • Half-day bus tour around Istria
  • Pula airport pick-up/drop-off on the arrival/departure day.
  • Poreč harbour pick-up/drop-off on the arrival/departure day if you come by boat from Venice.
  • Ground transport where we go as a group
  • Teacher tuition
  • spacious workshop studio only for our use
  • Basic field easels for your use during workshop
  • Drawing boards, masking tapes, scissors, knifes, vine charcoal, wet wipes…
  • Accommodation at villa Gloria with breakfast and dinner.

Not included in the price:

  • Your travel cost
  • Airport pick-up if you can’t arrive with others in the group. We can still arrange your pick-up
  • We can arrange airport pickup from Venice, Trieste, Krk, but you pay for it.
  • One dinner in the local restaurant (optional)
  • Lunch is available to order at villa but not included in the above price.
  • Drinks
  • Wine tasting (optional)
  • Transportation and meals if you decide to take a day off and explore Istria on your own.



Cancellation policy

€500 deposit is non-refundable.
If you paid the whole amount but canceled 61 or more days prior to the event, the whole amount minus the deposit of €500, will be refunded.
In the case when a teacher cancels the workshop, the whole amount will be returned.
Cancellations received 60 or fewer days before the departure will result in a loss of all monies paid, but a friend of yours can come instead.
No refunds for services not utilised while on the workshop will be provided.
All cancellations must be sent to, and will be effective on the received date.

If you are interested in this workshop, please register here and we will contact you with more information shortly.

If you are interested in this workshop, please register here and we will contact you with more information shortly.