2016 Post-Event Workshop with Kenn Backhaus

4-Day Plein Air Workshop with Kenn Backhaus – Composition & Brushwork: with an Emphasis on Painting the Illusion of Dappled Light

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February 22, 23, 24, & 25
(Meet Kenn at optional gathering the evening before: Feb. 21)

$700 plus tax.

Maximum students: 15

Open to intermediate and advanced artists 

Please scroll down if you would like to apply to attend this workshop.

Workshop Overview:
Kenn Backhaus painting en plein air at Pemiquad PointGrasping the attention of the viewer to our works, should be first and foremost. After seizing their attention the artist needs to retain their interest with competent and expressive paint application. Instruction will focus on the rudiments of an outdoor painting. Emphasis will be placed upon developing dynamic and more powerful compositions, teaming this with expressive paint application.

The creative process is based on a compilation of fundamentals and principals, which are essential in the development of the time honored tradition of plein-aire painting. The first two days will be spent indoors allowing a proper introduction to this process. The remaining two days will be spent outdoors, on location using this process with your unique vision. While applying the process above, as a bonus, Kenn’s subject emphasis during this workshop, will be on the challenge of painting the illusion of dappled light.

Kenn will work with you to help further develop your individual style. He will identify your strong and weak points. We will build on the strong points and try to overcome the weak areas. Kenn teaches through both lecture and demonstration to further your painting development.

Kenn is versed in all mediums. The class will be taught in oil but open to other mediums; acrylics, water color and pastel.

Visit Kenn Backhaus’ web site.

Download Kenn Backhaus Workshop Supplies List (PDF)

A Few of Kenn Backhaus’ Paintings

Training Wheels, 14x11, by Kenn Backhaus

Training Wheels, 14×11, by Kenn Backhaus

Alleyway, Ronda Spain, 14x28, by Kenn Backhaus

Alleyway, Ronda Spain, 14×28, by Kenn Backhaus


Event Organizers

Event Co-Sponsors:
Ronaldo Macedo, Artist & Co-Founder Islanders
Lois Reiswig, President, Maui ARTS League

Contact us by email:
Katherine Smith, MPAPI Event Coordinator

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Maui Arts League is excited to offer two plein air painting workshops in conjunction with the February, 2018 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational. Both professional artists excel at ‘teaching.’  It is one thing to be a great artist, and yet another to be a superior instructor. Our workshop teachers are selected from the group of MPAPI professional ‘visiting artists’. Leon Holmes from Australia and Morgan Samuel Price from Florida will share their painting knowledge and techniques with  workshop attendees. You won’t want to miss out.

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