John Cosby Plein Air Painting Workshop

Making Visually Powerful Paintings

John Cosby Workshop

Instructor: John Cosby
Dates: May 30–June 1, 2023
Class Limit: 16 students
Tuition: $595.00
Level: All Levels

John’s Supply List

This 3-day hands-on Workshop will be taught at both your easel and John’s. We will work outdoors on location. John will be assessing where you need direction and give you specific exercises and painting ideas to help build your skills where you need them most.

We will be addressing Color Harmony, Design, Tonal Relativity, Pushing and Pulling color to achieve effects, and more. He teaches from the attitude that basic skills brought into alignment make the strongest paintings. This platform will also give you what you need to grow with intent and direction.

John requests that when you sign up, you send 5 images of paintings you have painted recently in advance of the class so he can assess how he can address your areas of need before the week and be ready for you. He will teach through lectures, demonstrations, and at your easel so the time at your easel will be when we are addressing your specific needs. Please have the supplies he has listed in the link (Supply List) with you when we start class. See you in Carmel.

Bio: John Cosby

Born in Hollywood California in 1955, Cosby was raised in the west. At an early age, he began to draw and paint and was lucky enough to have been inspired by a grandmother who was an oil painter. “She would give me the paint, some brushes, and a scrap of canvas and set me off to paint. This early experience took the fear out of creating a painting,” said Cosby.  Cosby started traveling at an early age. At 18 he was chosen as an advance-man for the Executive Branch of the US Government, served under two Presidents, and traveled the world. He met many interesting people and saw many things but what most interested him were the great works of art he encountered. “They haunted me and helped set the course for my career as a painter.”

After leaving the White House, Cosby rebuilt an old classic sailing sloop designed by Nathaniel Herreshoff.  With a friend (who had dreams of being a writer) he set sail up and down the eastern seaboard in the inland waterway for 3 years. Thus he began his art career. “Doing drawings of anything that moved me, things began to sell and my course was set,” said Cosby. Upon his return to California, Cosby began painting the sea and landscape of coastal California.  With a strong gallery response, his success as a painter quickly followed.  Cosby currently resides and maintains a studio in San Clemente, CA. He works on-location around the world and is represented by some of the finest galleries. Cosby was a founding board member of the prestigious “Laguna Plein Air Painters Association”, and a Signature member of both Pleinair Painters of America and The California Art Club.  He has served as an officer of these groups to help further the cause of Art. Cosby was also a founder of the Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational.

With his bold contemporary style, John Cosby has captured the imagination of some very important collectors. His work can be found in many private, public and corporate collections around the world.