Joseph Melancon

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Classes with Joseph Melançon

Plein Air Painting  

Expressive Painting 

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Plein Air (Outdoor) Painting with Joseph Melancon

6 weeks

Tuesdays, 1:30pm-4:30pm

All skill levels, All Painting Mediums (Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Pastel)

January 9 - February 13, 2018

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Nature can draw you in to paint it but many times all the shapes and forms are not in ideal places. Joseph can show you how to eliminate unneeded detail, simplify the composition and even change the nature of what you’re seeing. He chooses to interpret what he sees not copy it.


The first lesson will be at the Art Center with a brief demonstration, checkout of equipment and supplies, followed by each student painting a trial run landscape on the art center grounds. Subsequent sessions will be outdoor locations such as Payne Park and Ken Thompson Park. All media are welcome. Students will supply a small portable easel (or paint on your lap) with a limited palette. The key to painting plein air is keeping things simple. Feel free to call Joseph with any questions (941-924-9889).

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image   Expressive Studio Painting-All Subjects with Joseph Melancon

6 weeks

Tuesdays, 1:30pm-4:30pm

All skill levels, All Painting Mediums (Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Pastel)

February 20 - April 3 (no class Feb 27), 2018


Here’s your chance to paint any subject you like and experience making your paintings looser, more colorful, and expressive.  And yes, fun.  You can paint landscape, still life, figure or whatever, working from photos and objects I will provide or from your own reference.   In each class I will demonstrate process and technique emphasizing composition, form, and light.  Each of you will share generously my knowledge of painting in each class with gentle feedback to each student.    Any water media is welcome.
All skill levels.
Feel free to call me  with any questions about the class. 941-924-9889

Class: February 20 - April 3 (no class Feb 27), 2018

Cost: $185m/$215nm

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 About the Instructor:

imageJoseph Melançon MFA, NWS

Joseph Melançon is a versatile artist whose range of work includes watercolor, acrylic and oil painting as well as collage and sculpture. In his work he interprets lifelong interests such as antique toys, the American Indian, landscape and the figure using abstraction as well as expressive realism. Joseph's works are very personal with a passion for process, composition and the painterly surface. In painting he dissects, simplifies and freely interprets what he sees and feels through the use of composition, shapes, line and color.


Joseph, who holds an MFA degree, taught for many years at Eastfield College in Dallas and Texas Woman’s University in addition to giving workshops and Lecture/Demos across the US.  Joseph’s design and dimensional production work as curator of exhibits in two science and history museums and his years of building sets and props for television, print media, and industry contributed greatly to Joseph’s extensive knowledge of methods and materials.