Dave Santillanes Workshop

May 19-21, 2016

Artist/Teacher: David Santillanes

Workshop Title: Capturing the Atmosphere / Plein Air to Studio

Date/Times: May 19-21, 2016; 10am-4pm

Location: Evergreen Fine Art, 3042 Evergreen Pkwy, Evergreen, CO 80439

Cost: $450 

Class size:

Min./Max.:  5/10 


Workshop Description:

This workshop is for all levels and will focus on designing a studio painting from plein air studies. 


The first day will focus on painting outdoors.  Artists will paint plein air and will learn to quickly gather the necessary visual information needed to complete a painting in the field.  Learning how to simplify a landscape and interpret color relationship will be a primary focus of this workshop but other fundamental concepts will also be discussed, including the importance of values, shapes and edges.


The final two days of the workshop artists will learn to analyze the information they gathered in the field interpreting color and value relationships in order to create depth in a landscape painting.  Many outdoor principles will be discussed but with a greater focus on composing a finished piece.


Supply List: 


Below is a recommended palette for oil and acrylic painters.  You’ll want to include at the very least a large tube of the primary colors plus white.  Any professional grade will do.


Titanium White (Large tube)           Yellow Ochre           

Ultramarine Blue*                        Cadmium Orange     

Alizarin Crimson*                         Cadmium Red

Cadmium Yellow Light*                  Sap Green

Viridian                                      Cobalt Blue

Transparent Red Oxide       




Flats, Brights, or Filberts recommended for the majority of the work.  Have a good range of sizes:  2,6,8,10,12 but make sure to include your large brushes!  A small sable flat and small sable round or rigger are also recommended. 



At least 5 canvas panels or gessoed boards.  Stretched canvas not recommended.  Keep sizes between 8x10 and 11x14.


Palette Knife

Paper Towels

Odorless Turpenoid or odorless mineral spirits

Wet Canvas Carrier


Lightweight Easel – I recommend a Field Easel or Pocade box (M-Box, Guerrilla Painter, Soltek, etc.)  A Julian French Easel (half-box) will also be acceptable.




Additional Items:

Backpack                Trash bags      

Sun Hat                  Painters umbrella

Sunscreen               Hand Cleaner (Fast Orange)

Neutral-colored clothing (Bright colors reflect)

Insect repellant       

Landscape photos in case of rain

Dress in layers (It’s Colorado after all!)


Suggested Reading: 

Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting by John F. Carlson

Composition of Outdoor Painting by Edgar Payne