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Double Vision Plein Air Painting

  • West Kortright Center 49 West Kortright Church Road East Meredith, NY, 13757 United States (map)

$100 for both days ($80 WKC members) or $55 per day

With Lisbeth Firmin & Richard Kathmann
Sponsored by Golden Artist Colors & Williamsburg Paints

Students ages 13 and up will benefit from the considerable skills of two well-known artists who live and paint in these hills. Participants of all levels (no prior painting experience necessary) will work outside, painting the vistas and the structures around The West Kortright Centre and The Centre itself.

Workshop exercises will begin with short studies in charcoal or black and white acrylic. Kathmann offers a way to see the landscape in black and white, and participants will create 5–10 studies each day. Then students move to an exploration of form using color with Firmin, working quickly with big brushes, and producing up to two paintings a day. There will be critiques throughout and a display and discussion at the end of each session.

Please pre-register early and bring your own lunch.
The workshop will be held rain or shine. (There will be a tent on the site.) A limited palette of oils and acrylics will be distributed courtesy of Golden Artist Colors & Williamsburg Paints.

(Let us know if there’s something that you can’t bring—we may have it.)

Oil and/or acrylic, gouache, or watercolor paint

Portable easel or a drawing board with portable chair

Several Masonite (untempered if possible) or wood panels, canvas boards or stretched canvases—gessoed

Palette knife (for oil and/or acrylic paints)


Solvent and/or medium (for oil and/or acrylic)

Brushes (be sure to bring BIG brushes)


Cans or plastic containers

Wear old clothes and bring a hat with a brim.

Lisbeth Firmin is a contemporary American realist known for her urban landscapes. For over four decades her work has been in hundreds of solo and group show across the country and internationally. She has been awarded a NYFA Fellowship (2007), Pollock-Krasner Grant (1999), full fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, National Seashore Residency, the Vermont Studio Center and Saltonstall Arts Colony. Her paintings and prints are in several public collections including the New York Historical Society, Provincetown Art Association & Museum, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Tides Institute and Museum of Art, Fleming Museum, University of Texas, Cape Cod Museum, and Hofstra University. She moved to our area from NYC in 2000. She paints every day.

Richard Kathmann works plein air in the Catskill forests, on the Atlantic shore in Massachusetts and Maine, and in New Mexico. He has had two residency fellowships at Saltonstall Foundation in Ithaca, New York, a residency at Twelfth Street Studios/Gallery 408, Carrizozo, New Mexico, and has been artist-in-residence at Acadia National Park, Mt. Desert Island, Maine and at Catskill Center’s Platte Clove Preserve. He received the 2009 Woodstock School of Art Award in the “Banks of the Hudson” exhibition (Steve Doherty, juror). His landscape drawings and paintings were exhibited at Mohawk-Hudson Artists 2010 at the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls and Mohawk-Hudson Artists at the Albany Institute of History (2011 and 2014), where juror Stephen Westfall awarded him the 2014 Ruthann Manzella and Paul Gozemka Award. Kathmann received the Landscape Avant-garde Award at “Art By The Lake,” Fenimore Art Museum in both 2014 and 2015. He currently works in his West Kortright and Delhi studios.

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Bee Walk with Chris Layman