2022 Sedona Plein Air Festival Oil Painting Demo

J.Caggiano Curve in the Road
J.Caggiano By the gourge
J.Caggiano In the Pass
Caggiano-I Am Everywhere
Caggiano-Lonesome Butte
Caggiano-Home Stretch
Caggiano-The Old Barn
Caggiano-Tidal Flow
Caggiano-A Little R and R


2022 Sedona Plein Air Festival Oil Painting Demo

with John Caggiano, Sedona Plein Air Festival Judge 

October 28, 2022 | 9:00 am – 11:00 pm | North Studio

John Caggiano is one of the judges for this year’s Festival. He will demonstrate his process for creating work in the studio from plein air work and photo reference. This demonstration will be a wonderful overview of the painting process, a learning experience for collectors and painters alike.

This will be a stand alone demonstration as well as a culmination of the workshop for those that attended.

The Sedona Plein Air Festival takes place October 22 – 29, 2021. John and his wife, Susan Lynn, will be the judges judge for awards at the awards reception on Friday evening. The Festival brings 30 of the most talented artists in the country to paint in the Shangri La of the Southwest. A week-long constantly evolving exhibition results in a culminating awards reception.

John is an oil painter with 58 years of experience in both studio and plein air painting. In addition to brush work, he often incorporates the use of a palette knife. He participates in many major plein air events yearly. His profile and award-winning paintings have also been featured numerous times in PleinAir Magazine and Fine Art Connoisseur editorial articles. He is always eager to demonstrate and share his knowledge of painting. However, John’s greatest joy is painting with friends and colleagues who live and breathe art. Click the Instructor tab to the left for more information about John.

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John Caggiano

John Caggiano

John Caggiano was born in Brooklyn, New York, where he studied pre-engineering at Brooklyn Technical High School. He received a BA degree from Brooklyn College and an MFA from Pratt Institute, both with honors. His education was supplemented by courses at The Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Studio and Forum of Stage Design in New York City.

He relocated to Rockport, Massachusetts in 1980, drawn to the physical beauty and unique quality of Cape Ann’s light. Aside from participating in up to twelve juried plein air events a year, he travels extensively, both here and abroad, painting on location. This plein aire approach enables him to capture the essence of the time and place that he interprets into his bright and colorful “Impressionistic-realism” style. The work is further enhanced by his use of a palette knife, enhancing the effects of his brushwork. “Painting for me is the bold and dynamic use of color that infuses life into the subject of the painting. Color is the lifeblood of a painting. Nothing stimulates more than its pleasing harmony, whether strongly applied or toned and tranquil.”

Mr. Caggiano has served as President of the Rockport Art Association and Museum and had been a member of its Board of Governors for sixteen years. Both he and his award-winning paintings have made appearances on nationwide television shows such as ABC’s Good Morning America, on It’s All About the Arts, WBNN’s Boston channel and on international TV, Televisione Italiana- RAI. His art has been featured in and graced the covers of numerous books, magazines, and newspapers such as Marine Art: A Gallery of Marine Art, Monhegan: The Artists’ Island, and The Best of Oil Painting, among others. John is a Signature Member of American Impressionist Society, American Society of Marine Artists, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, the Salmagundi Club; also, Academic Artists, Hudson Valley Art, Lyme Art, North Shore Arts, and Rockport Art – Associations. He is also a member of Maine Plein Air Painters, Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, Oil Painters of America, and Outdoor Painters Society where he has received many awards. One of John’s paintings won the inaugural purchase prize for the permanent collection of The Bennington Center for the Arts, (VT), and the Best of Show & Alden Bryan Gold Medal in the “Land and Light” show at the Bryan Memorial Gallery, (VT). More recently, John was twice awarded the Texas Ranchland Award and the Best Architecture Award at En Plein Air Texas; Second Place in the American Waters show at the Lyme Art Association, the Alden Bryan Landscape Award from Academic Artists Association, Best of Show, Members Show from the Outdoor Painters Society, First Place Stobart Foundation Award at the 39th Annual Mystic Maritime International Exhibition, Best Artist Over 65 Award in the 11th Annual Plein Air Salon Competition, and most recently, the Alden Bryan Memorial Award at the 89th Annual Hudson Valley Art Association National Juried Exhibition. PleinAir Magazine featured an artist profile of John in September 2017 and an online profile in OutdoorPainter.com in April. Since then, John has been featured in at least twenty-two other editorial feature articles in both PleinAir and Fine Art Connoisseur Magazines, including the “Snow Days” editorial feature in the March 2022 issue PleinAir Magazine.

John Caggiano has maintained a gallery and studio on Bearskin Neck in Rockport since 1981. He may be found online at JohnCaggiano.com, on Facebook, and Instagram.

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  • Each student must enroll individually
  • Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices in the Art Barn, toll-free at 888-954-4442 or locally at 928-282-3809
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In-Person and Online Workshops

  • Student may cancel up to 7 days before the demo for a 15% cancellation fee.  No refunds after the 7-day cut-off date.
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full

Important Message

The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. There are absolutely no refunds after the cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all fees paid will be refunded in full.

Covid-19 Update for In-Person Classes and Workshops: 

As long as SAC is able to provide an environment that adheres to the CDC guidelines for social gatherings, and assuming all other normal criteria are met and the workshop or class goes forward, the above cancellation policies are in effect.