Plein Air in the Studio

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Kathryn Stats
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Kathryn Stats is known for her vibrant color, dramatic compositions and subtle brushwork. In this studio workshop students will have the opportunity to choose whether they wish to work on landscape composition from photo-reference or with a still-life/floral from life or both!

Students will benefit from demonstrations, slide show and lecture, and one-on-one assistance with their paintings. Kathryn has taught workshops in plein air painting in numerous locations in Italy, Sedona and Utah and has been a keynote presenter at the Sedona Plein Air Festival and at the National Plein Air Convention. Now take this opportunity to work with Kathryn in the more controlled studio environment where artistic creativity and inspiration come together on larger scale or more developed work than plein air painting allows. This workshop is for those painters that have some experience and wish to take their work to the next level.

The first morning will be a three-hour demonstration of Kathryn’s process from 10 am to 1 pm. She will work a landscape from the beginning into the final stages. Then students will work in the studio for 2 1/2 days in 5 three-hour sessions from subject matter of their own choice.

This workshop takes place the day after the final day of the Sedona Plein Air Festival. Come a day early to experience the Saturday morning Paint-out on Main Street, with over 25 artists painting from life, lunch with the artists and the final hours of the event. Arrive two days early to experience the Awards Gala for the festival on Oct 30th the culminating event of seven days of painting in the Sedona landscape. As part of our Celebration of the Year of the Woman at the center this year’s Plein Air Festival is an all-woman event.

Kathryn Stats

Kathryn Stats

Kathryn has developed a keen eye for the landscape and nature and is known as an artist that excels at  brushwork, composition and color. Her intimacy with nature began in the Utah countryside on her horse where she spent a lot of time into her early twenties. She studied with artists in the Salt Lake City area on a continuous basis for approximately 20 years and continues to study books on color and landscape painting including Plein Air California Painters, Taos painters, Carlson’s Guide to Landscape painting and the Russian masters, favoring Vasily Polenov. Kathryn also continues to be influenced by other gifted artists including Edgar Payne, Clyde Aspevig, Scott Christensen, Hanson Puthuff, James Reynolds, Matt Smith and Ray Roberts.

Kathryn started out by painting familiar rural landscapes of her childhood, but curious about new subject matter, she began to make road trips to Southern Utah, becoming more and more enthralled with the powerful red rock formations. Her work is very much her own not really echoing the styles of any of the painters with whom she has studied. Although her red rock paintings remain among her most coveted compositions, collectors seem to respond positively to any subject she paints. She has traveled to and painted the coastal areas of California and Oregon as well as locations in Alaska, Russia, Spain, Italy, France and Portugal. She states “I try not to get too comfortable working in a particular size or subject matter because I feel that comfort leads to staleness. For this reason, I’m always looking for fresh territory.”

The Arizona Republic writes, “Kathryn Stats is a Utah artist whose best landscapes are a complete pleasure. The paint in them is given over to the subject and you know that Stats doesn’t feel the need for any gimmicks to get her point across. Direct, honest, and sensuous, these are the work of a genuine painter.”

I prefer to use Gamblin paints and products for their consistency and attention to safety and the environment.
Limited Palette: (This is the bare minimum you need)

Cadmium Lemon
Cadmium Yellow Medium or Deep
Yellow Ochre*
Cadmium Orange
Alizarin Crimson
Cadmium Red Light or Rembrandt Permanent
Quinacridone Violet
Cadmium Green Light
Ultramarine Blue
Cobalt Blue
Cerulean Blue
Titanium White -large tube

(This is optional list…. more than you will need)
Used only in certain situations….
Prussian Blue
Phthalo Green
Viridian Green
Phthalo Red Rose or Quinacridone Red …for floral work
Red Oxide Transparent *
Burnt Sienna*
Raw Umber *
*never to be used as a base color…to be used for mixing only

BRUSHES: I use mostly long flat and filbert bristle brushes sizes 4-8 …some stiff synthetics

Your Easel suitable for Plein air is optional for use in the studio but the arts center will provide easels and tables as needed
Arts Center will also provide Mona Lisa odorless spirits, paper towels and trash bags.

Palette Knife, scraper
Sketch pad, pencils
Markers for black and white Value Studies
Bristol board or inexpensive canvas for Value Studies
Canvas or panels, sizes 9 x 12 to 11 x 14. 6×8 panels for black & white studies
(May bring 12×16 panels, divided into 6 x 8 sections for studies)

Cancellation Policy

Registration Information:

Each student must register individually.  Students may pay in full or choose the payment-plan option during registration. The payment plan requires a non-refundable $125 deposit with the balance due 30 days before the first day of the workshop. There are no refunds after the 30-day final payments have been made.  Students may enroll 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 (M-F, 9-5).

Cancellation Policy:                                                                

The $125 deposit is non-refundable; the balance is due one month before the first day of the workshop. No refunds after the one-month cut-off date. If paying in full upon registration, $125 of the total tuition fee is non-refundable.  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 30 day 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.