South Pomfret, Vermont
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Drawing From the Landscape: Week-Long Intensive

Join Dan to develop your drawing skills and capture the light, color, and feel of the landscape.

Landscape drawing has a rich and lively tradition. Working en plein air (in the open air) allows artists the opportunity to capture the light, color, and feel of a place. Artistree affords us stunning vistas, abundant in beauty and richness, and we will explore how to capture this beauty in drawing. Using smaller thumbnails studies, we will explore what makes a compelling composition, creating depth and foreground interest. You will learn how to manipulate a variety of different drawing materials, including charcoal, ink, conte crayon, and pastel if you have interest, how to create depth and richness in your drawings, and about linear (to some extent) and atmospheric perspective. Learning to draw is very much about learning to see. Your experience in this class will allow you to see as you may have never seen before.

Students must bring their own supplies. The supply list can be viewed and downloaded here.  

 We will be taking in the views up along the hillside and trails of Artistree. Please let us know if you have any physical challenges in advance of the class so we can contact you about accommodations.


Dan Gottsegen is a painter, printmaker, and has done large scale, permanent, outdoor public artworks. His work is exhibited internationally and is in many public and private collections such as the Hood Museum, Oakland Museum, US State Dept., and in many foundations and corporate collections. Dan has won a VT Arts Council Artist Grant and the Teaching Excellence Award at UMASS. He was an artist in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, at the Ucross Foundation, recently in Wales, and he was the sole artist in residence selected for Seahorse Key National Wildlife Refuge in 2018, where he lived and worked alone in an historic lighthouse on an uninhabited island. Dan’s work is inspired by the natural world and week-long solo hikes above 10,000 feet in the high Sierra. He was an associate professor of painting at University of Massachusetts Lowell and a full professor at California College of the Arts in the San Francisco Bay Area.  For more information about Dan, visit his website.