Marva Harms

Pure Impressionism in Oil

October 10-16, 2021 (Five Teaching Days)

An introduction to the characteristics of impressionism using oil or acrylic paint with a step-by-step workshop lead by Marva. Color and light are everything. We will work each day on establishing a simple plan laying in brushwork that is the right COLOR, the right VALUE, and the right TEMPERATURE. We will lay in simple color spots like the French masters and perhaps add a picnic scene as did Monet and Manet. Students will work at their own level; Marva will demonstrations throughout the workshop. Hopefully we will be able to paint outdoors, en plein air, one day to experience painting from life.  

During the five day workshop you will:

  • Paint two versions of a simple still life and compare. One in the range of a five full value chart, and one from the three values on the chart.
  • Paint several small studies using the following simple techniques: lost and found edges, exaggerate color in one area, light values, warm lights and cool shadows, cool lights and warm shadows, swirl paint on, or use pallet knife, use thick paint in all of the lights.
  • Introduction to painting a model sitting with light behind them.
  • Plein Air (weather permitting) class will be outside for demos and problem solving. Class will end with a final critique.


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"Throughout the years I have taught art at all levels in many school districts including teaching art history at the college level. I continue to teach painting workshops in Minnesota including my Floating Studio Workshops on Swan Lake. My philosophy in teaching art is to bring joy to the creative process while setting goals of excellence at all levels. Valuable information has been handed down to my students as well as kept me alive in my own development. Knowledge is key. My work is impressionistic in nature with pure color and design as my key players. My subjects are bathed in the sun of the day. I do not paint things, I paint the light on things. I believe that 'less is more' which enables me to put down clean pure color without over-working the subject. My work is high key, bright and expressive. I owe so much to the professional artists who taught me to 'see' along the way. Their vision of light and color had a direct influence on me and I am indebted to them for their artistic wisdom. My goal is to continue spreading their expertise to my fellow artists and students." - Marva Harms

Marva is a signature member of the American Impressionist Society

This is a Studio and Plein Air Workshop.
Something for All Levels.

Workshop Fee plus tax per student:
If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $520
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $590
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $695
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $865
Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $535
(There are 6 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, October 10
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 Room and Meal Package. $25 additional for day students.)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday - October 11-15
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, October 15
NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)

Saturday, September 16
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 8:00 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)

    Friday 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 $40 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.


2021 COVID Precautions 

It is impossible to assess the impact, if any, of COVID-19 for the upcoming 2021 season, but all artists should be prepared to abide by the following measures while attending workshops.

  1. Participants must fill out a quick health questionnaire to make sure they do not exhibit any symptoms.
  2. Masks are required to be worn while in classrooms and shared spaces.
  3. Participants must also wash hands or use hand sanitizer at the beginning of each class and often during class sessions.
  4. Participants are required to stay 6 feet apart for social distancing protocols.

A floor plan per each of our three studios has been created to ensure that the artist tables and lecture area will allow people to socially distance themselves a minimum of 6 feet. 
In lieu of crowding around the artist during demos, a desktop camera system and large format digital TV screens have been installed in each of the studios to allow students a close up view of demos.
We will be providing students with hand-sanitizer at their work stations. In addition, the studios will be closed for 1 hour in the late evenings for a daily UV sanitation and touch surface cleaning.

Visit our COVID-19 update page for more information...