Paint Like Monet


Join me for three days of acrylic painting en plein aire

in the beautiful Napa Valley

October 6-8, 2017 


Napa Valley, California offers a stunning landscape in the autumn. This "secret season" offers up rich colors and gorgeous vistas to paint.  The weather is a bit cooler than the hot summer and the foliage is bursting with color. 

Join me for three glorious days of painting the beautiful landscape of Napa. Rolling hills, gnarly vineyards and Tuscan-inspired buildings await you. 

I'm revisiting my roots in this workshop. With years of abstract painting under my belt, it feels good to return to my classical training. Using Monet and the American Impressionists such as Childe Hassam, John Henry Twachtman and Daniel Garber as our guides, we will explore the color and texture of the landscape. 

Starting out each morning at Napa Valley Art Supplies, I'll demonstrate painting techniques, discuss materials and answer questions. Then we're off to one of several sites to paint for the afternoon. 

Each evening is casual. Gather with other students for wine tasting and dinner or head back to your lodgings to rest. 

Set aside Sunday for a no-host dinner with everyone. Location to be announced. 

Topics I'll demonstrate:

  • Abstracting the Landscape
  • Composing Great Paintings
  • Blocking in the Underpainting
  • Use of Local Color
  • Mutes, Tints and Shades
  • Lights and Darks
  • Paint Handling and Brushwork
  • Tools and Materials

What's included

Three days of instruction from 10 am to 5 pm each day with a one hour break for lunch. 

All paints, mediums and gels are provided. We will be working in Golden OPEN and Heavy Body. 

Students are responsible for their own supports to work on (canvas, paper, masonite, etc). See the materials page.

Students are responsible for their own lodging, transportation, meals and extracurricular activities. 

Students are also responsible for shipping or transport of their finished paintings.

$100.00 non-refundable deposit holds your spot. There are 12 spots available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please review my Class Policies page for information on cancellations and refunds. You will receive a complete list of materials, maps and other information upon registration.

Tuition $295.00

Deposit $100.00 to reserve your spot


Planning your trip

Napa is just an hour north of San Francisco. Lodging is available in Napa and the surrounding area. Plan ahead of time though! Napa is a prime location and hotels are often filled.  

Book a hotel with Trip Advisor here.

Airports: San Francisco (SFO), San Jose (SJC), Oakland (OAK) and Sacramento (SMF)

Lunch? Too many good spots to even mention. Start your search here: Lunch in Napa


Tesia Blackburn "After Childe Hassam" 2017

Tesia Blackburn "After Childe Hassam" 2017

What students say:

"Tesia is a terrific, natural-born teacher. She inspires and guides with both humor and warmth." Claudia -Murrieta, CA

"I’m so excited to have yet another big go at learning from you. I so treasure your knowledge, exuberance & fun teaching style." Jeanie - Oakland, CA

"Tesia loves what she does - and it shows. Her positive attitude and encouragement are priceless. I love it when she teaches different techniques - it sometimes feels like magic and Tesia is the best "magician" in town."  Hagit, Lafayette

Questions? Email me!

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