The Good Old Fundamentals of Outdoor Painting Workshop

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The Good ole Fundamentals of Outdoor Painting

July 20-21, 2024 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Instructor: Lorenzo Chavez

Member $190.00
​Non-member $230.00

The tried-and-true methods of painting the landscape from life to created art with spirit and feeling.

The how and why of creating landscape paintings from life. Join internationally known, award winning artist and member of the Plein Air Painters of America for an inspiring and insightful painting workshop. Learn to visualize the landscape in unique and exciting new ways while honoring traditions of the past. Lorenzo is well known for his patience and articulate lessons that will awaken your artistic vision. His workshops utilize the visual approaches of shape, value, edges, line, and color. The workshop will offer plenty of individual attention, daily demos, and group discussions in relaxed and inspiring settings.  

Pastels and oils are encouraged.

Lorenzo Chavez

Art instructor Lorenzo Chavez has taught with the Arts Students League of Denver, The Loveland Academy in Colorado, The Fechin institute in New Mexico, The Valdez Art School in Santa Fe, The Scottsdale Artist School in Arizona, Tucson Art Academy in Arizona, The Coppini Institute in Texas,  International Association of Pastels Societies and the Fredericksburg Artist School in Texas.

He has further shared his knowledge through the presentation of workshops across the country and painting demonstrations and private art mentoring since 1992.

Pastels and oils are encouraged.


I am often asked why I like to paint outdoors or in plein air. The reason has evolved over the course of 25 years.  Initially it was a way to grow as an artist wishing to paint landscapes in Colorado.

The best artists I consulted with advised that I take my French easel out into nature to study from life.

From this simple but timeless approach to painting landscapes outdoors grew a love for and need to commune with and study the natural world and to enjoy painting the quickly changing effects of natural light in all seasons.

This resulted in a far better understanding of the natural elements of light and atmosphere. 

Eventually I felt the need to share insights gained in the field with others which lead to my teaching plein air workshops throughout the country. This sharing of my passion has been a great pleasure and ongoing journey.

Thorough out the years I have set up my French easel or Oil box in many locations all across America and overseas and have had the pleasure of studying incredible beauty.

My love for this simple act of painting to understand light and the natural elements has not diminished but has grown to a deep and passionate love of the process and a need of being in the environment and feeling and needing to communicate the intangible life force that pulsates through the landscape. 

I am still amazed and enchanted by this way of painting.

Some of Lorenzo’s work:


This is a list of the oil painting equipment I have come to prefer. I have found that buying quality products have had a big impact on my work both in terms of ease of handling and saving money over the years. 

Easels (your choice of):

  • Open M Box and Bogen tripod (800-473-8098) or LederEasel.
  • Julian French easel – half box
  • Easel Pal – palette box (505-892-7752)
  • Bogen Manfrotto Tripod with Quick release Camera Mount for use with a Meyer Box and Leder Easel.

Note that these easels are suggestions, but you will need an easel for use in the class.

Oils – Chromatic Colors

  • Permanent Red Medium – Rembrandt
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cad Yellow Deep
  • Lemon Yellow 
  • Ultramarine Deep 
  • Cobalt Blue 
  • Viridian 
  • Titanium White -M. Graham 
  •  Burnt Sienna – Earth color
  • Yellow Ocher.

Canvas Panels – I mostly use oil primed linen Claussen #66 mounted to birch wood or gator board. 

  • For Outdoors work please bring 2-3 panels per day in your choice of sizes 8×10, 9×12, 10×12, 11×14 Outdoors we will be doing small studies on the canvas panels. 
  • I purchase my panels through Source Tek (800-587-5462)
  • Sizes: 8×10” – 9×12” – 10×12,” 11×14,”12 x 16,” 16×20.

Brushes- I enjoy using Bristle brushes made by Princeton and Signet (Robert Simmons) suggested sizes

  • Sizes: 4 – 6- 8- 10 – Flats
  • Sizes 6 – 8 – Rounds

Palette Knives

  • 1 medium #8
  • 1 small #3


  • Turpenoid (odorless turpentine) or Gamsol or Odorless Mineral Spirits
  • Brush cleaner – Holbein small or medium
  • Palette Cup
  • Paper towels – Viva 
  • Small trash bags (Paper or plastic bags)
  • Small Sketchbook (for thumbnails & note taking) 5×7 or 8.5 x 11
  • Sharpie Marker-Black.

MATERIALS for Pastel

Soft Pastels

Largest assortment of colors possible; Rembrandt pastels are a fine pastel to begin with; conte crayons, earth tones. A great pastel box for working in the field is the Heilman box


Bring your favorite pastel surface. I enjoy using Canson Moonstone and UArt 400 grit sanded pastel paper. For Plein air painting cut paper into approximately 11”x14”, 9”x12” 8”x10 “-to fit small drawing board.


  • Drawing board –
    • For Plein Air Work approximately 12”x 16”, 11”x14”, 9”x12”; light in weight, such as Masonite or birchwood. In the Studio bring a larger size drawing board for 12×16-16×20 size pastel paper sheets.
  • French easel (Julian™) – half box. Your favorite outdoor easel
  • Small sketchbook – 8 1/2 x 11
  • Bring black broad tip marker
  • Masking tape – 1″ –Scotch brand
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Paper towels –VIVA


Member $190.00
​Non-member $230.00
LAA Members: To get the discounted price, use your Member Code during check-out. The Member Code can be found in your membership confirmation email and any LAA Newsletter.

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