Composition & Essential Techniques in Oil

Caggiano-The Old Barn
Caggiano-Home Stretch
Caggiano-I Am Everywhere
Caggiano-Lonesome Butte
Caggiano-A Little R and R
Caggiano-Tidal Flow
John Caggiano Photo 300 DPI 4 20160814_173441


Composition and Essential Techniques in Oil

A Plein Air workshop with John Caggiano

October 25 – 27, 2022 | Tuesday – Thursday

Medium – Oil

Experience – All Levels are welcome.

Every painting begins with a good, well balanced, composition. That is where we will begin. Aside from exploring dynamic composition, we will explore the use of color, values, shapes, vanishing edges, textures, and all that goes into constructing a successful painting. John’s practical approach will not overwhelm the workshop participants with a laundry list of ethereal concepts that one usually learns in the course of one’s career. He will try to share his 58 years of painting knowledge in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

The first day will begin with a full demo with explanations of the painting process. There will be a brief question period before participants set up to paint. John will then give each participant  instruction geared to the individual’s personal level of development and goals.

Mini demos that meet the needs of the group will follow in the next two days, along with more personal critiques and plenty of painting time. There will be a group critique at the end of the third day. John’s goal is to have you leave a better painter. If you can take away just one new concept it will be a successful endeavor.

John will be conducting a demonstration at the Sedona Arts Center on Friday, October 28, the day after the workshop ends.  Students enrolled in this workshop may attend for free.  There is a $50/person charge to the public.

In-Person Classes

COVID Health and Safety Protocols

The health and safety of our Patrons, Students, Volunteers, and Staff are a top priority. Since COVID-19 first surfaced, our staff continues to monitor the situation closely, taking every precaution to keep our Patrons, Students, Volunteers, Staff, and our community safe.

  • Masks inside our buildings are optional until further notice.

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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 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, on Facebook, and Instagram.

Materials List:

Experienced painters should bring their usual equipment.

As a general guide I would recommend:

  • A warm and cool of each primary color and other colors that one prefers. I recommend decent artist grade paints.
  • A fairly light plein air easel. There are so many types out there.
  • Panels or stretched canvas of assorted sizes. I recommend 9” x 12,” 11” x14,” 12” x 12,” or 12” x 16,” but nothing larger, unless you prefer larger formats. The number depends on how fast you paint.
  • A decent sized palette, paper towels, solvent, a trash bag, and a clip-on cup for it.
  • Brushes: #4, #6, #8, and #10 are recommended. Flats or Filberts. If you are comfortable with other sizes and types, no problem.
  • A palette knife for color mixing, painting, and cleaning your palette.
  • Some people use view finders, but they are optional.

You can contact me if you have any questions.


Cancellation Policy


  • 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
  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours at the Art Barn

In-Person and Online Workshops

  • Payment in full is due upon registration, or a payment plan can be put in place by the student upon check-out through Sezzle.
  • There is a $125 Cancellation Fee for any cancellations made before September 25, 2022. Remaining balance will be refunded.
  • There are no refunds after September 25, 2022.
  • 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 cancelled or 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.