Dan Mondloch

Plein Air Watercolor Painting

Sept 17-22, 2017 (Four Teaching Days)

Painting Wisconsin’s Northwoods in the fall has me extremely excited for this workshop! Temperatures should be mild and bugs at a minimum. I have, however, been bitten by the plein air bug - I love it! Painting outdoors is exhilarating because you get to stretch your legs, enjoy fresh air, and surround yourself with inspirational subjects. While inspiration runs high when painting outside, sometimes the amount of material to paint from can be overwhelming. In this workshop I will show you how to select a subject from real life and then simplify it into a successful composition using the beauty and strength of large shapes. With the big shapes taken care of, it’s easier to loosen up and find confidence in using fluid washes, expressive brushwork, and bold color. These strategies are effective for both plein air and studio work. With plein air demonstrations each morning and afternoon you will see this process applied to a range of subjects, and there will be plenty of time for students to paint and explore on their own. If weather becomes an obstacle, we can always move into the studio to paint. We will meet in the studio each morning to regroup, go through examples, and talk about our approach for success that day. 

"A third generation landscape painter from St. Cloud, MN, I remember my first interest in painting like it was yesterday. In 9th grade, while driving with my dad I mentioned "I'd kinda like to try painting". The next day I woke up and laid out on the kitchen table was everything I could every possibly need to paint a watercolor. The following summer we took a plein air class together in Grand Marais and I was hooked. That was nearly 20 years ago and I've been painting ever since.   I graduated from SCSU with a BFA in Painting and Drawing in 2007 and currently operate a full time studio consisting of studio art, commission work, murals, and teaching. In 2013 I was awarded an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and a McKnight Emerging Artists Award from the Central MN Arts Board (CMAB). I live in St. Cloud with my wife Mallory, newborn son Jack, and plein air painting canine bud - Ruby." 

Artist statement
I love painting and I feel so lucky to be able to do it regularly. I paint landscapes using a direct approach and relaxed style. With watercolor I’ve always been attracted to the liveliness found in rough and soft textures, lost and found edges. Those dramatic textures used in combination with energetic brushwork lend vitality to the painting that I really enjoy; for me it can transform a scene from a static image to an exciting experience. Light’s ability to transform a scene from dull and forgettable to captivating and full of energy is an endless fascination to me. Light and shade, composition, atmosphere, and mood all contribute to my main objective as a painter: capture the experience and feeling of the moment while doing justice to the character of the place.

This is a Studio and Plein Air Workshop for Intermediate Students.

Workshop Fee plus tax per student:
If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $395
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $445
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $530
Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $385
(There are 5 nights' accommodations included in the "Room & One Dinner Fee" listed above.)
Class Fees and Tiered Pricing Explained
A partial tuition scholarship is offered
Workshop Itinerary




Workshop Itinerary

Sunday, 9/17
Check-In to your unit at Dillman’s (check-in time is 3:00)
5:00 Welcome Reception (included in package)
6:00 Dinner at Dillman's (included in package)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 9/18-9/21
Breakfast On Own
9:00 a.m. - Noon Class in Session
Lunch On Own

Meals are on your own. All accommodations have cooking facilities. You may preorder box lunches and dinners for meals to be taken alone or with your group in: your studio, the lodge deck, cafe, or your accommodation. (Pre-ordering for lunches and dinners is required.)

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Class in Session

Thursday, 9/21
NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)

Friday, 9/22
Depart - check-out time is 10:00

Optional Events - Sign Up Required / Subject to Change:
    Monday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)
    Monday 7:00 p.m. S'more Roast (no charge)

    Tuesday 7:30 a.m. Yoga
    Tuesday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

    Wednesday Noon & 4:00 p.m. Pontoon Ride on White Sand Lake (no charge)
    Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Moondeer & Friends Gallery Tour (no charge)
    Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner

    Thursday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

Dine-Around Dinners: Registration required at the front desk, meet at 5:00pm in the main lobby for carpooling.

Day students are welcome to attend the Welcome Reception and Farewell Reception (included in your package). You are also invited to join the class dinners (additional fee). PAL’s (Participants at large) can vacation at Dillman’sfor $45 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.