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Dec 16, 2012

Announcing a 3-day Plein Air Workshop in Carmel, after the 2nd Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo...

This April 15th - 17th, 2013, I will be teaching a three-day
plein air workshop in the Monterey & Carmel, California, in conjunction with the Carmel Art Institute.

My workshop will begin the morning after the 2nd Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo

Now you can attend the world's largest and most informative plein air convention in the world, spend quality time with your painting buddies (plus make new ones), and rub elbows with plein air painters you admire. Then, after the Expo you can hop over to Carmel and jump into my plein air intensive to learn in-the-field tips and tricks, and receive one-on-one instruction, with plenty of time to paint along one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. 

There is much we will cover in our three days of painting. You may go home tired, but you will be a more advanced and confident painter!

You can register via the Carmel Art Institute here:


Here are the details:

Essential Alla Prima Plein Air Techniques 

Instructor: Thomas Jefferson Kitts 

Medium: Oil Paint
Course Meets: April 15 , 16, 17
Class times: 8:30 am-5:00 pm
Tuition: $390
Level: All Levels 

Learn to paint en plein air, in oils, in the most direct way possible using outdoor alla prima techniques developed by Sargent, Sorolla, and Zorn. Learn to paint quickly and with confidence so you can capture the fleeting effects of light and atmosphere. Thomas will offer on-site demonstrations and personalized instruction that will focus on how to simplify what you see. Thomas will also teach ways to rapidly establish a value structure, how to mix and control your color, how to paint from thin to thick, and when to add your finishing touches of bravura brushwork. For more information about Thomas’ approach to teaching, visit:


Winner of the 2011 Carmel Art Festival (shown above), Thomas prefers to paint from life for its honesty and immediacy, and for those special moments when nature reveals herself.

Thomas is a member of the Laguna Beach Plein Air Painters Association, the California Art Club, the Oil Painters of America, and the American Impressionist Society. He travels extensively and maintains an active and distinguished exhibition history – one which includes the Laguna Art Museum, the Maritime Museum of Curacao, the Academy Museum of Art in Easton, Maryland, several Oil Painters of America’s National & Regional Exhibitions, Arts for the Parks Top 100, and three international New York Art Expos. Thomas’ work is widely collected throughout North America.

3 reader comments:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on being selected by Jill Carver as a finalist in the RayMar Competition. The still life is fantastic.

Thomas Jefferson Kitts said...
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Thomas Jefferson Kitts said...

Thank you Bill. You surprised me.

Didn't know the Raymar contest results were announced yet. That painting is now above my fireplace and I am looking at it as I post this comment. It just came home from the American Impressionist Society's 2012 National Juried Exhibition and I get to enjoy it for a while. I will be sad to see it go when it does, though. I painted it as a demonstration for two of my favorite students last winter.

Jill Carver is a phenomenal painter and someone I could learn a lot from. Her summary was spot on. She pretty much nailed the conscious decisions I made and pointed out a few I hadn't considered. I respect her work a lot.

And BTW, I like your blog. Very nice. You have some good work on it. I must go down to the new bridge under construction and paint it too!