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The Chestnut Group offers a wide variety of great opportunities in October!

We are thrilled to announce the Fall 2022 Chestnut Artist Workshop Series (CAWS).

Please look through this wonderful slate of offerings and SAVE THE DATES for the events you would like to attend.



1. OCTOBER 1 – “Painting Barns” with Gaylee Levee, OnTrack Studios

Saturday, October 1st, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
OnTrack Studios, 1978 Wilson Pike, Franklin TN
Price: $95 member / $125 non-member

In this full-day workshop, we will talk a lot about Tennessee barns! We review how to get the barn drawing right as well as painting techniques to show the age and drama of these impressive structures. You will do one drawing and one color study, and hopefully, you will get started on a larger painting. I will demonstrate the barn drawing as well as the painting techniques I use.

2. OCTOBER 4 – “Composition Critique – with wine and cheese” – Pam Padgett, OnTrack Studios


Charcuterie, Critiques and Cocktails!
Tuesday, October 4th , 5 to 7 p.m.
Price: $65 member / $90 non-member

Join accomplished oil painter, Pam Padgett, for a fun evening!
Bring a painting that you know needs a little help, and we will kindly and constructively help one another. We will learn together through shared observations and ideas! This type of sharing helps immensely to open up your creative self – Pam promises it will be a fun and informative evening.

3. OCTOBER 6 – “Night with the Masters” – Dawn Whitelaw, Anne Blair Brown, Roger Dale Brown – MBA Davis Building

Night with the Masters – Panel Discussion at MBA, Davis Building
Panel Participants: Dawn Whitelaw AISM, Anne Blair Brown AISM, Roger Dale Brown, OPAM, AISM, AMSAM
Wednesday, October 6th , 6 to 8 p.m.
Montgomery Bell Academy, Davis Building, 4001 Harding Pike, Nashville TN

Join us for a special night as we present three of America’s foremost landscape artists: Anne Blair Brown, Roger Dale Brown and Dawn Whitelaw. Having achieved master status from the top national organizations in the Fine Arts, these artists will discuss the journey’s they have taken to achieve this status The night will feature a panel Q & A with the audience.

Proceeds benefit The Chestnut Group; landscape painters dedicated to the conservation and preservation of vanishing landscapes in Middle Tennessee. www.chestnutgroup.org

It is sure to be an informative and inspiring evening as they share their artistic journey’s, answer questions and share their beautiful outlook on art.

Monderated by Karen Philpott, 2021 Chestnut Group President

4. OCTOBER 12 – “Value and the Limited Palette” – Kevin Menck, Shelby Park

Instructor: Kevin Menck
Wednesday, October 12th , 1 to 4 p.m.
Meet at Shelby Park Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St. | Nashville, TN 37206
Price: $65 member / $90 non-member

This will be a plein air class on value and the limited palette.

5. OCTOBER 15 – “Plein Air 101– Beginning Your Outdoor Painting Journey” – Brenda Coldwell, OnTrack Studios

Instructor: Brenda Coldwell
Saturday, October 15th , 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
OnTrack Studios, 1978 Wilson Pike, Franklin TN
Price: $95 member / $125 non-member

This class is an introduction to “plein air” painting. Whether you have tried before or have never painted outside, I will get you started and moving in the right direction. There will be an introduction with a handout, a short demonstration, and then assistance with set up and guidance with your painting the rest of the day. Supply list will be made available.

6. OCTOBER 20 – “Emphasizing Oil Painting Basics en Plein Air” – Donna Brumbergs, Shelby Park

Instructor: Donna Brumbergs
Thursday, October 20th , 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Meet at Shelby Park Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St. | Nashville, TN 37206
Price: $65 member / $90 non-member

Join Donna on location at Shelby Park in preparation for the spring 2023 art show. Students will use a split primary palette to create cohesive and well-composed painting studies. Beginning with pencil sketches for value and shape design, the workshop will cover the importance of simplifying the scene to best capture the light. Emphasizing the basics such as value, shape, and limited color, will allow students to create successful studies in the overwhelming outdoor environment. Supply list will be made available.

7. OCTOBER 21 – “Watercolors Simplified & Why They Help with Oils!” – Judson Newbern, Warehouse 521

Instructor: Judson Newbern
Friday, October 21st , 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Warehouse 521, Berry Hill Neighborhood
521 Heather Place | Nashville, TN 37204
Price: $65 member / $90 non-member

This half-day demo will take projected images from Shelby Park and explain breaking the scenes down into shapes, layers, and values, that lend themselves to explaining each step of building a watercolor. Emphasis will be given to how capturing the notes quickly provides nice field studies and forces the eye to commit to the big ideas in the scene by reducing the chaos.

8. OCTOBER 28 – “Capturing Clouds & Captivating Skies” – Brigitte Hubbard, Harlinsdale Farm

Instructor: Brigitte Hubbard
Friday, October 28th , 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Harlinsdale Farm, 239 Franklin Rd | Franklin, TN  37064
Price: $65 member / $90 non-member

Join Brigitte Hubbard for a fun and informative morning to capture the sky en plein air.

The sky is one of the most important elements in the landscape. Learn how to best incorporate it in your paintings to support your idea. We will learn to really see and depict clouds and skies with atmosphere, touching on color, tone, value, and composition too – you’ll never look up the same way again!