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Painting the Figure in the Landscape

Date & Time: July 28 and 29, 9 am-2 pm
Registration Deadline: July 25

Learn and practice building your skills for observing and capturing the figure when painting outdoors. Through demonstration and one-on-one instruction, David will cover composition, values, perspective, and more. Oil and acrylic painters welcome.

David WesterfieldAfter a career in graphic design and illustration, David returned to his love of fine art. He paints in the studio and on location, regularly traveling to his favorite spots along the shore and in the dunes. He participates in several Plein air events every year and is represented by galleries in Michigan and Hawaii. westerfieldstudio.com

Portable easel


Palette knife

Brushes—a range of sizes, prefer bristle brushes for oil or synthetic for acrylic paints (oil or acrylic)

Some suggested colors:

Titanium white

Cadmium yellow (light or medium) Yellow ochre

Cadmium red (light or medium) Alizarin Crimson

Ultramarine blue

Cobalt blue

Pthalo blue

Sap green

Any others you like, just be sure to have white, yellow, red, and blue.

Mineral spirits/brush washer container (water for acrylics) Paper towels

Painting surfaces:

Stretched canvas, canvas panels, gessoed wood panels suggested sizes 11″ x 14″ or smaller.

Minimum Enrollment
Glen Arbor Arts Center reserves the right to cancel any class or multi-day, sequential-day workshop that does not meet its minimum student enrollment prior to the first class session. If a class is cancelled by GAAC for lack of enrollment, GAAC will offer a full refund to the student in the manner in which tuition was paid (Cash payments will be refunded by check). Please be aware that GAAC is not responsible for losses incurred due to housing, travel or other arrangements.

Requests for cancellation by the student at least fourteen (14) days prior to the first day of class will be honored (minus a $20 processing fee). NO REFUNDS will be given for a student cancellation made less than fourteen (14) days in advance of the day of the class.


To ensure the safety of our students and staff, we have implemented new procedures for our 2021 programs, to mitigate the spread of COVID and still allow participants to have a wonderful time creating art.

Class sizes will be limited to 12 persons or less for outdoor programs and 8 or less for indoor programs.
All students must wear face coverings inside the center when social distancing isn’t possible.
Students and staff will wash and sanitize hands frequently throughout the day.
Common areas and touched surfaces will be sanitized regularly.

To keep pace with the evolving conditions related to the pandemic, any new policies or procedures for classes will be communicated by June 15, 2021.


starts July 28 @ 9:00 am
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Thoreson Farm
3694 S Thoreson Rd
Maple City, MI 49664 United States
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David Westerfield
Intermediate / Advanced
In Person


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