The Pastel Society of Western New York and the Rochester Art Club

Announce an exciting workshop opportunity with

Aaron Schuerr

Painting from the Outside In (Landscape)

October 13-16, 2016


This workshop is currently full. Wait list only!

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Workshop Description:   Students may work in either Pastel or Oil

Max # of students will be 16


Enjoy the beauty and challenge of painting in the field, and then learn how plein air painting can be used as a reference for larger studio pieces. We’ll spend two days working in the field, with emphasis on simplification, fresh color, accurate drawing, dynamic composition, and finding “the story” in the complexity of nature.


Back in the studio we’ll analyze the plein air work, individually and as a group, and I’ll introduce you to charcoal drawing as a direct and effective means to plan studio pastels. Finally, with the aid of a plein air study, a charcoal preparatory drawing, sketches, and perhaps a few photos, you’ll be able start a studio painting with confidence.


This class will include demonstrations in the field and studio, friendly critiques, and plenty of one-on-one time.


NOTE: While the purpose of the workshop is to equip students to execute studio paintings from plein air studies, I don’t expect students to finish their studio paintings in the allotted time. Studio time will be more focused on introducing helpful tools to use in approaching a studio painting. We will use the planning process to take an in depth look at composition, color, value, and when and how to make changes that both enhance the idea and make it more personal. So, I am more focused on equipping students to create better studio paintings on their own than I am in having them leave with a finished studio painting.


Some examples of Aaron’s work:


For more information on Aaron Schuerr go to his website at


Indoor work will take place at the Hungerford in Studio 458, 1115 E. Main St. Rochester NY 14609

Plein Air work locations will be announced to students when available.


Any questions please contact workshop coordinator Suzi Zefting-Kuhn at or 585-233-5645


Workshop Location & Time: (plein air locations to be announced right before the start of the workshop)

The Hungerford

1115 E. Main St.

Rochester NY 14609

Studio 458

9am-4pm each day with an hour lunch break



Pastel Society of Western New York and Rochester Art Club members get registration priority until February 1st when it will open to the public.


PSWNY/RAC Tuition $ 440                            Non members $490


A fee of $150 is due upon registration to hold your spot. Remaining balance may be paid in installments with final payment due no later than September 1, 2016


Workshop Coordinator: Suzi Zefting-Kuhn 585-233-5645 or for any questions

Link to registration form:

The Pastel Society of Western New York and the Rochester Art Club