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Jonathon Williams’ Successful Plein Air Workshop

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By Annie Evans.

The first Plein Air Workshop by Jonathon Williams in San Miguel de Allende was a successful and enjoyable experience for the students and also for people who stopped by to watch the painters.

The first day began with an introduction to the materials Jonathon provided the students: tripods and beautiful pochade boxes made out of wood filled with paints, brushes, brush washers, Liquin, mineral spirits, two panels, brush holders, a viewfinder, a color wheel, paper towels, markers, and sketch books. Students just needed to show up and paint!

Jonathon’s approach to teaching includes the basics: drawing, composition, value, and color. The first morning started in the studio discussing drawing and composition. After lunch, onsite lessons included using a viewfinder and monochromatic blocking in the components of the painting. Then painting with color began. Throughout the workshop, Jonathon shared stories about painting all over the world for more than 25 years, while teaching them how to look at things from an artistic point of view, using the brilliant colors, warms and cools, atmosphere, and beauty that San Miguel de Allende offers.

The students, some who had never painted before, created several successful paintings. Jonathon’s step-by-step approach, based on Old Masters’ techniques, gave them a new approach to painting which they can use for the rest of their lives. Jonathon stated: “I want to be around them, looking at their progress and helping where necessary. Giving them advice and working together is the only way I know to teach.”

At the end of the course, students left with three or four paintings. “This is real plein air,” one of them said. “I have learned quite a bit about color, shape, oil painting, composition. I am a beginner, and this is a great course on the fundamentals of painting,” said one student who had never painted before.



“Oil Plein Air Painting”

By Jonathon Williams

Wed–Fri, Oct 18–20

Zacateros 83A




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