Monday, October 10, 2011

Frequently Asked Questions (Vermont 2012)

Q: What is the schedule and structure of the workshop?
A: On Tuesday, June 05, 2012, we will meet at The Clark Art Institute (225 South Street in Williamstown, MA) at 11:00 am. We will grab some lunch and introduce ourselves, and head to the galleries where Donald will talk about a number of paintings, speaking of particular compositions, techniques, and moods that we'll want to think about during the workshop. At the conclusion of the gallery talk we will head off to our accommodations at the Inn at Weathersfield, Weathersfield, VT. (Approximately 1:44 from Williamstown, MA to Weathersfield, VT).
On Wednesday and Thursday we will meet at our painting locations at 9am each morning. There will be a painting demonstration and we will paint until noon. Break for lunch and continue to paint until 4pm. Each days painting session will conclude with a group critique. During the day, Donald will come around to each student and offer suggestions and answers to request for assistance. Friday morning we will do an oil sketch or two, followed by a final critique and farewell lunch. We will pack up our kits and make our way back to our studios, filled with lots of things to think about, and new friends.

Q: What if it rains?
A: The Inn at Weathersfield has an indoor conference room that we are welcome to use as our studio in the event of rain.

Q: I am traveling by air to this workshop, what are the airline guidelines for safely traveling with oil paints and solvents?
A: TSA regulations prohibit more than 3oz of liquid in your carry on luggage. Your best bet is to pack your paints in your suitcase. Liquin and Odorless Mineral Spirits are not allowwed in the cargo area of airplanes. I am advising participants to order Liquin and OMS from online art suppliers like ASW or Dick Blick and simply put my mailing address in along with your purchase and have them sent to me. Please send me a note detailing your package and I am more than happy to send you a note when the package arrives and transport it to you at the workshop. My mailing address is:
Todd Bonita
30 hillside Drive
Greenland, NH 03840
Here is an article from the Empty easel website with some great tips and suggestions for traveling with art supplies: (Click here).

Q: I have very little experience painting outdoors, is this workshop appropriate for me?
A: This workshop welcomes participants of all levels and is appropriate for beginners to experienced professionals. There is much to be learned and shared. Donald will discuss and demonstrate the visual language of paint and share ideas about seeing the landscape through the eyes of an artist. In the spirit of peer camaraderie, we will paint side-by-side in the shadows of Metcalf, sharing a mutual interest and deep affection for the world of art and nature. With the inclusion of the Clark Art Institute visit and Donald's examination of landscape masterworks, we envision this adventure to be more of a rich cultural experience beyond a plein air workshop.

(If you have any questions related to this workshop, please feel free to send them to workshop monitor Todd Bonita at and I will do my best to answer any and all of them).

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