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Plein Air Classes, Critiques and Private Lessons

William E. Elston offers ongoing landscape instruction during the Spring, Summer and Fall months.

Studio classes are occasionally offered during Winter months. Inquire re. availability here.

If you would like to sign up, you may do so below. Space is limited, so the classes you desire may not be available. If that is the case, you can request to be put on the waiting list, via the class inquiries contact form.

Discounts are available for first time signups, and for students who have not been enrolled for 2 or more years. Payment is via PayPal, major credit cards are accepted.

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Spokane Summer Plein Air Workshops

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I will be offering a series of Summer Plein Air Workshops in Spokane during the 2018 season.

There will be eight workshop sessions, with two sessions at the beginning of each month, including September. Sessions will be 4 hours each day.

Each weekend workshop will focus on a different location in the Greater Spokane area. Sites may include Centennial Trail, Manito Park, Riverfront Park, Latah Creek, the Little Spokane River, etc. If there is consensus among students, we may schedule one weekend outside of Spokane, e.g. Spirit Lake or Coeur d'Alene.

Sessions will be scheduled for one weekend each month, with rain days for weekends when the weather is inclement.

Enrollment is limited, so you should enroll as soon as possible.

There are discounts available for senior citizens.

Spokane Plein Air Workshops

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Spokane Plein Air Workshops will be held at various locations in the Greater Spokane area, including Centennial Trail, Manito Park, Riverfront Park, the Little Spokane River, Latah Creek, etc. There are 8 sessions planned, with sessions planned at the beginning of June, beginning of July, beginning of August and beginning of September.

Sessions begin at 10 AM and end at 2:30 PM, with a half hour for lunch.

Each session includes instructor demos and ample one-on-one critiques. Material covered will include a discussion of the technical aspects of plein air as well as the history and philosophy of landscape painting.

Session fees do not cover the cost of equipment and painting materials, including easels or other required items.

One can sign up for 4 sessions or 8 sessions. The price per session is slightly greater if one opts for the 4 session package. However, if one does sign up for the 4 session package, one can choose which sessions to attend, in any combination.

Enrollees will also have full access to my restricted Student Center website, which has a number of valuable resources for students of plein air painting, or painting in general.

Refund Policy for Plein Air Classes: Refunds are not available for any other reason than full cancellation of class. Workshops are based on the number of students enrolled. If insufficient enrollment results in a full cancellation, then a full refund will be made.
$380.00
*senior discounts only available to those 65 years or older.

Greater Seattle Plein Air Classes, Lessons & Critiques

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    Purchase 8 Plein Air Sessions

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    Plein Air Sessions are held in the greater Seattle area, including Snoqualmie Valley, Snohomish Valley, Eastside, Pioneer Square, Washington Park Arboretum, Discovery Park, etc. Plein air sites are selected based on aesthetic interest and relative convenience.

    This class meets from approx. mid-April to approx. mid-November, depending on weather conditions. Students can sign up for either 8 or 16 sessions, and attend the class sessions that are convenient to their schedule. The student does not lose session credits if a particular class is missed, and if session credits remain at the end of the painting season, they can be applied to the following year’s plein air season. Class times are 10 AM to 2:30 PM on either Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Alternate days may also be offered if weather is inclement on designated class days.

    Session fees do not cover the cost of equipment and painting materials, including easels or other required items.

    Classes are scheduled based on the number of students enrolled. If insufficient enrollment results in a full cancellation, then a full refund will be made.

    First time signup discounts are available for either first time students or for students that have not been in class for two years or more. If either of these apply to you, please select the "yes" radio button to receive your discount.

    Refund Policy for Plein Air Classes: Refunds are not available for any other reason than full cancellation of class.
    1. new student discount
    $380.00
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    Purchase 16 Plein Air Sessions

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    Plein Air Sessions are held in the greater Seattle area, including Snoqualmie Valley, Snohomish Valley, Eastside, Pioneer Square, Washington Park Arboretum, Discovery Park, etc. Plein air sites are selected based on aesthetic interest and relative convenience.

    This class meets from approx. mid-April to approx. mid-November, depending on weather conditions. Students can sign up for either 8 or 16 sessions, and attend the class sessions that are convenient to their schedule. The student does not lose session credits if a particular class is missed, and if session credits remain at the end of the painting season, they can be applied to the following year’s plein air season. Class times are 10 AM to 2:30 PM on either Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Alternate days may also be offered if weather is inclement on designated class days.

    Session fees do not cover the cost of equipment and painting materials, including easels or other required items.

    Classes are scheduled based on the number of students enrolled. If insufficient enrollment results in a full cancellation, then a full refund will be made.

    First time signup discounts are available for either first time students or for students that have not been in class for two years or more. If either of these apply to you, please select the new student discount checkbox to receive your discount.

    Refund Policy for Plein Air Classes: Refunds are not available for any other reason than full cancellation of class.
    1. new student discount
    $680.00
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    Senior Plein Air Discount (65+)

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    Senior Plein Air Session packages are available for students that are 65 years or older. They can be purchased in groups of three sessions. There is a general discount for these classes over regular price, as well as a bonus session if you purchase two groups of 3 sessions, and 2 bonus sessions if you buy 3 groups of 3 sessions.

    If you are a senior that is an active student, i.e. you have a minimum of one remaining session credit, you are eligible for additional discounts. You will have to login to the student website with your username and password to access these savings.

    Plein Air Sessions are held in the greater Seattle area, including Snoqualmie Valley, Snohomish Valley, Eastside, Pioneer Square, Washington Park Arboretum, Discovery Park, etc. Plein air sites are selected based on aesthetic interest and relative convenience.

    This class meets from approx. mid-April to approx. mid-November, depending on weather conditions. Students can sign up for either 8 or 16 sessions, and attend the class sessions that are convenient to their schedule. The student does not lose session credits if a particular class is missed, and if session credits remain at the end of the painting season, they can be applied to the following year’s plein air season. Class times are 10 AM to 2:30 PM on either Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Alternate days may also be offered if weather is inclement on designated class days.

    Session fees do not cover the cost of equipment and painting materials, including easels or other required items.

    Classes are scheduled based on the number of students enrolled. If insufficient enrollment results in a full cancellation, then a full refund will be made.

    Refund Policy for Studio Classes: Refunds are not available for any other reason than cancellation of class.
    $100.00
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    Purchase Private Lessons

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    Private Lessons are available for both studio and plein air work. A typical lesson is 4 hours and costs $250. There is a discount available for pre-payment of 2 or more sessions.

    Private Lessons are intensive and can either be held at your studio or Mr. Elston's studio, or at a site of your choosing in the Seattle metropolitan area. Availability is dependent on Mr. Elston's schedule and prior commitments. All Lesson sessions must be scheduled in advance, via email or telephone with Mr. Elston, before payment is made.

    Private Lessons are discounted based on the number of lessons that you sign up for. Please select the quantity that you are interested in purchasing.

    Refund Policy for Private Lessons: Refunds are available only in the event that the instructor is unavailable or unable to fulfill the lesson or critique commitment.
    $250.00
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    Private Critiques are available. These are generally held in the artist / student's own studio, provided it is located in the greater Seattle metropolitan area.

    A typical critique is approximately 2 hours and costs $200. There is a discount available for pre-payment of 2 or more sessions.

    Private Critiques are intensive. Availability is dependent on Mr. Elston's schedule and prior commitments. All Critique sessions must be scheduled in advance, via email or telephone with Mr. Elston, before payment is made.

    Private Critiques are discounted based on the number of critiques that you sign up for. Please select the quantity that you are interested in purchasing.

    Refund Policy for Private Critiques: Refunds are available only in the event that the instructor is unavailable or unable to fulfill the lesson or critique commitment.
    $200.00
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    Purchase Online Critiques

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    Private Online Critiques are available via a private, secured webpage.

    Students of drawing and painting, and even professional artists, occasionally need a “third eye,” someone that can tell them how their artwork “reads” to an audience. It is a real advantage if that “third eye” belongs to a professionally trained artist, a draughtsman or painter, in their own right. A critique can provide critical analysis of a painting’s composition, color, brushwork and narrative. Ongoing critiques can help the student develop the critical faculties essential to producing expressive and well executed art.

    This service has been developed to provide critique on a per session/painting basis, with discounts for packages of multiple sessions.. It utilizes image annotation software in order to provide a comprehensive critique of a specific painting. The critique covers positive aspects of the painting, and highlights problem areas that the student may not be aware of.

    Online Private Critiques are implemented on a private website, accessible only by the artist and the student. The process begins with the student signing up for the service, at which time they will be sent a username/password for the private website. They can then upload an image or images, depending on the number of sessions, using the page’s dropbox. Once the artist has reviewed the image, an annotated version will be made available on the website.

    Refund Policy for Online Critique Services:
    Refunds are available only in the event that the instructor is unavailable or unable to fulfill the Online Critique commitment.
    $35.00
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Refund Policy for Plein Air Classes and Studio Classes: Refunds are not available for any other reason than full cancellation of class.
Refund Policy for Private Lessons, Private Critiques or Online Critiques: Refunds are available only in the event that the instructor is unavailable or unable to fulfill the lesson or critique commitment.

William E. Elston

aritst/owner: w. e. elston fine arts
William E. Elston is a professional artist and teacher living in the Pacific Northwest. He has exhibited for over 40 years, and has works in numerous public and private collections.

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