Plein air painting is a technique in which artists create their artworks outdoors, in the open air, rather than working in a studio. The term “en plein air” is French for “in the open air,” and it gained popularity in the late 19th century with the rise of the Impressionist movement.Read More
Kapalua Bay, by Dave Santillanes Lanai Emerges, by Dave Santillanes El Matador State Beach, by Dave Santillanes Dave Santillanes is an award-winning artist who will be in Carmel, CA leading a workshop June 2–4, 2023. More about that at https://www.carmelvisualarts.com/dave-santillanes/ — In preparation for his upcoming plein air workshop, we wanted to ask him to share a few thoughts about his work. Q: How would you define your style...Read More
June 2022 Artist Spotlight — Calvin Liang Calvin Liang is joining Carmel Visual Arts to lead a plein air painting workshop along the Monterey Peninsula Oct 12–14, 2022 (Wed–Fri). He talked about his process with our Director, Rich Brimer. Read the highlights below. Calvin Liang became fascinated by the beautiful California landscape and transformed himself into a fine artist, painting themes of his choosing. Now his well-known...Read More
In May/June 2021, we had our first round of in-person workshops and it was so good to be back in Carmel with everyone. Below are some great photos that I made from some of these workshops.Read More
Carmel Visual Arts: David, we are excited to welcome you back for another California Vibe Watercolor Portraiture™ workshop with Carmel Visual Arts. This time we will be exploring embellishing these vibrant portraits with fun and experimental techniques you will be showing us. Since we were not able to host a workshop with you in 2020, we are excited to catch up with you in this new Q&A format. We have a few questions that...Read More
The Monterey County coast is for sure one of the most beautiful coasts in the world. It has always been a huge inspiration for artists of all kinds. As Carmel Visual Arts wades through the ramifications of the past year’s global pandemic, we look forward to continuing our presence with the upcoming workshops along the coast and into Carmel Valley. I have always been a supporter of collaboration. There are so many artists and art...Read More
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