2018 Painting Workshops

2018 has been an awesome workshop year so far! My workshops help artists hone their skills and loosen up. We talk about ways to create stronger composition, using tone and color, and to work quickly without getting stuck. I work mostly with oils, but also invite acrylic painters to join me.

Mary is honored to be named a Gamblin Dedicated Workshop Instructor by Gamblin Artists Colors, Inc.


Tybee Island Plein Air Workshop

Recent workshops:

  • 2-Day Plein Air Workshop on Tybee Island, GA: Painting the Coast, May 2-3 2018. After two days of full-time painting outside, everyone went home with awesome paintings of the lighthouse, beach, and boats.
  • 1-Day Intensive Workshop in St. Augustine, FL: Painting with Light and Shadow, May 19, 2018. Light and shadow are elusive and tricky to paint. Not so much, after this workshop!

Upcoming: Weekend Plein Air Painting Workshop in Madison, WI

September 8-9, 2018. 2-day weekend plein air workshop in Madison, Wisconsin, focused on getting indoor artists outside and interpreting light, shadow, tone, and color outdoors in the natural landscape.

  • When: September 8-9, 2018, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Where: Outside, in locations around Madison, Wisconsin. Exact locations to be determined.
  • Registration: Register and pay through paypal: Madison Registration
  • Supplies: Students are responsible for bringing their own supplies and materials. See my recommended supplies at plein-air-supplies.


Upcoming: Saturday Light & Shadow Painting Workshop in Orange Park, FL

March 9, 2019. A full day studio workshop. Instruction on how light and shadow works, with emphasis on value, color, and design. Includes class discussion, examples, exercises, and lots of painting time. Register with the Orange Park Arts Guild.


Weekly Classes – St. Augustine – Starting Up Again in October

October 2018. I’ve been giving regular 1/2-day painting classes for five years. This season will be focused on light, shadow, and value. New this season: sessions will be shorter – 3 classes, 1/2 day each. Each week will build on the previous. 

We laugh a lot, learn, and have fun painting. All levels are invited, focused on oil and acrylic painting skills and technique. New students will learn the basics, from setting up the palette and mixing colors to creating their first paintings; while advanced students further develop their technical skills. Exact Dates, Registration, and Details coming soon.

TestimonialsClass session at Hubley Gallery

“I love Mary’s uncomplicated instruction. She teaches that you save a lot of time by doing small value sketches first and that value is most important. She’s also a lot of fun to be around.” — Barbara Gentry

“Mary provided me the opportunity to experience plein air painting for the first time!! Her encouraging environment of wonderful instruction was positive and non-threatening…and, most of all, enthusiastic and FUN!!!” — Ginger Masingill

Tybee Island Plein Air Workshop

“Encouraging knowledgeable kind instruction – I have learned so much about painting and myself. I have learned when to stop!” — Clare Howard

“Mary gets an A+. She is terrific and I am learning so much!” — Debi Russillo

“Mary is a fantastic teacher! She is encouraging, positive, and has a wonderful sense of humor. She is a fabulous artist and she knows how to impart her knowledge and skill to us students. I plan to take more classes from her and am thankful to have her as my teacher!” — Ellen Gugisberg

“Now I know why people draw and paint. Its not about being good, its about being in that Right Brain and having no other outside thoughts beside the drawing or painting you are working on. After yesterdays drawing class, I realized that during the drawing, nothing in my life existed, no workshops1worries, no to-do list, no people. It was incredible. You should all consider trying it, not to be great artists, of course that is an option, but just for the pure pleasure of being in that space. Shutting off your brain and mouth and just being creative. Wow, what a joy. And the peace is so nice.”
— Sheree Silver