2017 Workshops

“Not only is Aaron a talented artist, he is a splendid teacher as well. His in-the-field shared observations provided so many ‘ah ha’ moments. Like really seeing the cool and warm greens in a meadow depending on whether you are looking into or away from the sun. The complexity of colors in shadows. The use of charcoal sketches to fine tune a composition. He isn’t afraid to take on challenging demonstrations, probably because he succeeds in using every opportunity to create a lovely painting and show how to solve complex compositional problems.”  –Sheelagh Williams, workshop participant

Fresh and Direct Landscape Painting with Aaron Schuerr

Dates: Thursday and Friday, August 3rd and 4th, 2017

Location and Registration: Livingston Center for Arts and Culture 

Time: 9am to 4pm both days!

Cost: $250 per student.


Get ready to explore the countryside and mountains near Livingston during this two-day plein air painting workshop with Aaron Schuerr. Find “the story” in the landscape and paint it in a way that is direct, simple, fresh, and honest.  Engage in fun exercises designed to focus on value, color, and shape.  From that foundation, you’ll explore edges, atmospheric perspective, color and shape relationships, composition, and mood. Most importantly you’ll learn to paint with greater intention.  Through demonstrations, group discussions, composition walks, painting exercises, and plenty of individual instruction, you will learn to approach the landscape in enthusiasm and confidence.


Study to Studio in Pastel at The Dakota Art Center, WA 

Location: Dakota Art Center, WA

Dates: August 16-19

Cost: $425

Registration: Dakota Arts Workshop

Enjoy painting the beautiful Skagit Valley, and then learn how plein air painting can be used as a reference for larger studio pieces. We’ll spend two days working in the field, with emphasis on simplification, fresh color, accurate drawing, dynamic composition, and finding “the story” in the complexity of nature.

Back in the studio we’ll analyze the plein air work, individually and as a group, and I’ll introduce you to charcoal drawing as a direct and effective means to plan studio pastels. Finally, with the aid of a plein air study, a charcoal preparatory drawing, sketches, and perhaps a few photos, you’ll be able start a studio painting with confidence.

This class will include demonstrations in the field and studio, friendly critiques, and plenty of one-on-one time.


Color and Composition Intensive at the Sedona Art Center

To Register: Sedona ArtCenter

Dates: March 28–30, 2018

For All Levels
Workshop meets 9 am to 4 pm
daily wtih a 1 hour lunch break

After filming instructional videos for F+W Media, I have new ideas that I’d like to share! This workshop is designed to help step back and take a deeper look at composition and color. Through exercises and demos you’ll learn to how to make confident color choices and create bold compositions.

We’ll relate the principals of color and composition to the landscape, and see how seemingly lofty concepts are really very practical. Color and composition are the tools to express yourself in a more personal, distinct, and clear way. We’ll examine color temperature, color and light, basic compositional types, understanding the initial sensation, common errors in composition and color, color layering, cropping, and many more topics.

Finally, we’ll dive into understanding how to take this new knowledge and make it your own. This workshop is not just about learning some ‘rules’ of color and composition. It is about exploring possibilities of personal expression. The class will be able work on compositions in the studio and painting plein air from the beautiful Sedona Arts Center campus.




  1. Any openings for the Ridgeway Workshop, might be interested.


  2. I would like information on your upcoming 2017 workshops.


  3. Aaron please send me a registration form for your June 22 – 24 workshop in Livingston. La Joy and I would love to come. Alice Hiatt


  4. Hi Aaron! Is there still availability in the Idyllwild workshop?


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