Brienne M. Brown

Watercolor: The Perfect Plein Air Medium

Sept 9-14, 2018 (Four Teaching Days)

If you want to improve your painting skills, you need to get outside and paint! Learning to paint on-location is not only fun and exciting, but can help you with your studio work. During this four-day workshop, Brienne will demonstrate and explain her painting process for plein air painting, sharing some great exercises and practices that will help you become a better plein air and studio watercolor artist. With the use of strong value sketches, bold washes, and quick energetic strokes, Brienne will demonstrate how to unify and bring excitement into your watercolor paintings. No experience with watercolor painting is necessary, but some drawing experience is recommended.

If you are new to plein air painting, it can be scary and hard to know where to start, know what to paint, and how to deal with the elements. Don't worry! Brienne will teach and guide you through the process of painting with watercolors on-location. Her enthusiasm about watercolor and plein air is infectious and you can't help but have a good time while learning. You will be spending some time in the studio and sometime painting outdoors. Each morning the class will meet in the studio to discuss the day's plan and some concepts. We will then venture outside to paint. Brienne will do several demonstrations throughout the 4 days, but students will also have plenty of painting time with help and personal critiques from Brienne. In case of inclement weather we will be indoors, but we will still discuss painting on-location.

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Much to her mother’s indignation, Brienne owned little clothing that was not covered in paint. From a very young age, Brienne showed talent in art and music, but wanted to pursue a career in the sciences. She started her education at the University of Utah as a double major (Art and Chemistry), eventually receiving a BS in Chemistry and finishing with a Master’s degree in 2004. After graduation, Brienne worked in a Toxicology lab. Though she painted some by taking an occasional class, as the years wore on, she realized she wanted more art in her life than a career in science would allow. She was surprised and delighted to find great fulfillment in painting. In fact, it became a necessity.

After leaving her job as a toxicologist to raise her first child in 2008, Brienne had the opportunity to paint more consistently. Prioritizing painting and taking workshops from artists she admired paid off. Soon she was not only exhibiting and entering shows regularly, but also winning awards. Brienne holds a signature membership for the Utah Watercolor Society (UWS), Pennsylvania Watercolor Society (PWS), and Western Federation of Watercolor Societies (WFWS). Her work has been published in Splash 17 Best of Watercolor: Inspired Subjects, PleinAir Magazine, and Watercolor Artist Magazine.

Brienne’s passion is watercolor and plein air painting. She has won several top awards in many plein air competitions and watercolor society exhibitions. “I find beauty in everyday life, the so called ‘mundane’. Ordinary people going about their everyday lives inspire me. I especially enjoy painting en plein air, where each painting reminds me of where I was, of the experiences I had, the sounds, smells, and the people I met. As I try and capture the essence of a scene, my paintings are always more about a moment in time than about a particular location. I enjoy sharing how I see the world.” 

This is a Studio and Plein Air Workshop.
Beginner / Intermediate Levels.

Workshop Fee plus tax per student:
If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $475
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $495
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $535
Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $385
(There are 5 nights' accommodations included in the "Room & One Dinner Fee" listed above.)
Cancellation Policy, Class Fees and Tiered Pricing Explained
A partial tuition scholarship is offered
Workshop Itinerary


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Workshop Itinerary

Sunday, 9/9
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 9/10-9/13
Breakfast On Own
9:00 a.m. - Noon Class in Session

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, 9/13
NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)

Friday, 9/14
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’s for $45 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.