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Sedona Plein Air Workshop

J. Brad Holt

October 11–13, 2017

Wednesday – Friday
Open to all Levels

Class meets 10–5 on the first day,
9–4 on subsequent days with a one hour lunch. Note: After the first day the instructor may alter times
depending on light, locations and weather.




This is an intensive three day plein air oil painting workshop. The objective is to enable students to see real progress in their field painting technique. Concepts covered will be: Tools and materials; Subject and formatting considerations; Composition, drawing, and editing; Color mixing and value control; Brushwork and paint quality. My goal is to ensure that each student will be able to bring at least one painting in from the field that they can actually be proud of. I will try to do at least three demonstration paintings, and devote as much time as possible to individual instruction.


Payment Options: Students may pay in full or choose the payment-plan option during registration. The payment plan requires a non-refundable $125 deposit with the balance due 30 days before the first day of the workshop.

Class meets 10 - 5 on the first day, 9 - 4 on subsequent days with a one hour lunch.

Note: For plein air workshops. After the first day the instructor may alter times depending on light, locations and weather.




Workshop Materials List

French easel or a pochade box.
Brushes Hog Bristle or Artificial hair Flats, (preferably both), in sizes ranging from #4 to #12;
Primed canvas panels in common medium sizes such as 9x12, 12x12, 11x14, or 12x16
Oil Colors
Titanium White
Raw Umber
Ultramarine Blue
Prussian Blue
Cadmium or Hansa Yellow Light
Cadmium or Hansa Yellow Deep
Cadmium Red Light
Quinacridone Red or Alizarin Crimson
Solvents, mediums
Paper towels or rags
Panel carrier
Sketchbook and pencils
Students should also dress for the weather and sun, with a good hat, and a jacket if it is cool. Water, snacks, and a lunch are also strongly recommended.

About J. Brad Holt

Brad Graduated from Southern Utah State College, (now SUU), as an Art Composite Major. He studied under Tom Leek, Arlene Braithewaite, Glen Anderson, Nina Marshall, and Spike Ress. After college he shifted gears and studied Early Music performance practice, and Lutherie. "I guess it's just something I had to get out of my system. For years I strove for an ever more perfect illusion of reality, and the closer I came to that ideal, the more empty and tedious the exercise became. When I returned to painting I realized that I had to let paint be paint. Landscape painting is not about a perfect portrait of a physical place, it is about the eye, the hand, and the mind of a confident observer. The paintings that I admire are those in which the artist has enough confidence in his own vision to allow bold elegant brush artifacts to remain visible. They serve as a visual testimony to the joy of the process. I do not want to leave my viewers exhausted with a labyrinth of detail. I want them to feel the joy that I feel when I stand before nature with a brush in my hands."

Brad Holt won the "Poster Award" at the 2015 Sedona Plein Air Festival. Brad has taken First Place in the Everett Ruess Plein Air competition in Escalante, Utah in 2006. He twice received the Artist's Choice Award and was Featured Artist in 2012. He has been an artist participant in the Zion Plein Air Invitational: In The Footsteps of Thomas Moran, since its inception. Brad has participated in numerous juried exhibitions and invitational shows including: The Springville Spring Salon, The Southern Utah Invitational, The Sears Dixie Invitational, Art for the Parks, and Land of Contrast: The Dixie National Forest Service Show. He has been published in Poulton and Swanson's: "Painters of Utah's Canyons and Deserts, and " The Gallery: Antiques and Arts Weekly."

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