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Hello, Chestnuts!

Paint Your Heart Out registration is in full swing.  We are close to capacity on some of the 17 workshops we have to choose from this year, running from April 15 to June 1, 2019. Signup soon, and then on Monday, March 25, you may begin inviting non-members to join you in the classes as we will begin advertising to the public.

Thanks, again to all the teachers, Rachel Blair, and the Paint Your Heart Out committee, for coming up with a fabulous lineup.  Additional thanks to  Cherri, Kyle, Wendy, and Denise for making it all possible on the website.  Remember, in addition to making our jobs easier with reporting and management, the website purchase process means you have the benefit of a permanent record of your learning experiences on the “My Workshops tab.”  This is also a handy reminder if you have forgotten whether, or not, you signed up.

Remember to sign in to the website before ordering.  In case you’ve forgotten, your username is your first and last name with space between them.  Email us by clicking ” here” if you want help signing up.


If the workshop you want is sold out, email Rachel at to be placed on the waitlist.


Pam Padgett

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Push Your Plein Air to the Limit!

Description: For painters looking to push thru to the next level, Pam will ask participants to send 2-3 paintings images to her 2 weeks before class starts that represent their skill level and will work to help the individuals improve and elevate their paintings. Demo to start. Bring a lunch!

Time: 9:30 am-4 pm

Member Fee: $65 Non-member Fee: $85

To Register, go to: Push Your Plein Air to the Limit

Location: Leiper’s Fork area – Meet at Leiper’s Creek Gallery, 4144 Old Hillsboro Rd., Franklin, TN 37064

Student Levels for this workshop: Intermediate Student Limit: 10

Supply list:

Alizarin crimson, Cadmium red light, Cadmium yellow light, Cadmium yellow medium, French ultramarine blue, Cerulean blue, Viridian, Burnt Umber, Titanium white

8-10 Painting canvas panels Minimum 8×10
up to 12×16

Natural fiber Filberts and/or flats
Sizes 2,4,6,8
Palette knife or 2
Paint box, palette and easel
Gamsol Odorless mineral spirits in a container jar etc. Paper towels,
razor scraper (to clean palette),
trash bags

Wine and Leiper’s Creek Gallery tour after the workshop.

Anne Blair Brown

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

A New Perspective – Plein Air

Description: Anne will show you alternative ways to “see” your subject to create simpler, more impactful paintings.

Time: 9:30 am-4:30 pm
Member Fee: $65 Non-member Fee: $85

To Register, Go To: A New Perspective – Plein Air

Location: Bluebird Hill, 2864 Ernest Hawkins Rd, Santa Fe, TN – map

or, from Leiper’s Creek Gallery –

Student Levels for this workshop: Intermediate to advanced. “Seasoned

Beginning Students” also welcome.

Student Limit: 16

Supply list: Drawing pad, vine charcoal, any brand black marker with skinny and fat tips. Portable easel and any plein air paint supplies you already use, i.e. just bring your personal plein air set-up, paints, brushes, turp can, Gamsol, etc. with one or 2 small-ish panels.

Trey Finney

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Building Blocks

Description: Trey will discuss and demonstrate basic principles for building a plein air painting regardless of medium.

Time: 9:30 am-4:30 pm

Member Fee: $65 Non-member Fee: $85

To Register, Go To: Building Blocks

Location: Bluebird Hill, 2864 Ernest Hawkins Rd, Santa Fe, TN 38482 – map from Leiper’s Creek Gallery –

Student Levels for this workshop: All Levels Student Limit: 14

Supply list: Bring your own personal plein air set-up -easel/palette, paints, brushes, etc. and whatever medium you prefer-Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Gouache.

Paula Frizbe

Friday, April 19th, 2019

Everything is Green! Painting Greens in the Tennessee Landscape

Description: This workshop will focus on the variety of greens found in the landscape and learning how to mix the many greens found in this area. When do you intensify the green and when do you grey them down? How to use cool green against warm greens, and identify the time of day.

Time: 9:30 am-2:30 pm
Member Fee: $65 Non-member Fee: $85

To Register, go to: Everything is Green!

Location: OnTrack Studios – 1978 Wilson Pike, Franklin, TN 37067

Student Levels for this workshop: All Levels
Student Limit: 10
Supply list: Plein Air painting supplies

Mike Sowers

Saturday, April 20th, 2019

Ten Tips, Tools and Techniques to Improve Your Drawing Skills

Description: This class will focus on specific ways to improve your drawing, whether in preparation for a painting or for the pure enjoyment of drawing. The workshop will include a slide show, handouts, short demos and lots of time to experiment with the tools and ideas presented.

Mike Sowers, a 5 year Chestnut member who paints or draws (almost) daily and can regularly be found painting at Warehouse 521, OnTrack Studios, Southgate Studio (the Factory) and Plaza Art Supply.
He has had the opportunity to do courtroom sketches for all the Nashville TV stations and NBC Universal over recent years.

Time: 9:30 am-1:30 pm
Member Fee: $50 Non-member Fee: $70

To Register, go to: Ten Tips, Tools and Techniques

Location: Warehouse 521, 521 Heather Place, Nashville, TN, 37204

Student Levels for this workshop: Beginning and Intermediate

Student Limit: 15

Supply list:

9” X 12” or larger drawing pad
2B, 4B and 6B pencils, sharpener + sand paper or sanding block, also for sharpening kneaded eraser and. 6” ruler, either metal or plastic
Several tools will be brought by the instructor for you to try out

Bring a snack!

Kim Barrick

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

Rain Date Thursday 25th , 2019

Painting Water – Reflections

Description: Join award winning artist and Chestnut Group founder for a day by the water.  Meet at Centennial Park Wautauga Lake to challenge yourself with this important aspect of outdoor painting. Bring your lunch.

Time: 9 am-4 pm
Member Fee: $65 Non-member Fee: $85

To Register, go to: Painting Water-Reflections with Kim Barrick

April 23 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Centennial Park – 2500 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203 Student Levels for this workshop: All Levels
Student Limit: 14
Supply list: Online at Kim Barrick Supply List

Chantel Barber

Monday, May 6th, 2019

Capturing Character in The Portrait

Description: In this workshop, Chantel will demonstrate painting a portrait based on a reference photo, while sharing valuable insight into the differences between working from life versus a photograph. Students will learn: what photographs make the best references for portrait painting, editing (what you leave out is just as important as what you keep in), color mixing tips, and how to recognize value patterns and use them. Students will also learn the importance of edges when loosening up a painting. Students may bring their own photographs. Chantel will work in acrylics but both Oil & Acrylic painters are welcome!

Time: 9:30 am-4:30 pm
Member Fee: $65 Non-member Fee: $85

To Register, go to: Capturing Character in the Portrait

Location: OnTrack Studios – 1978 Wilson Pike, Franklin, 37067

TN Student Levels for this workshop: Intermediate and Advanced Student Limit: 15

Supply list: For Acrylic

• Filbert natural white hog bristle brushes in sizes 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10.

I recommend and use Silver Brush Grand Prix Superior Bristle Brushes & Robert Simmons Signet Brushes, but other Filberts will do as long as they have a stiffer feel. Brush sizes are not standard among all manufacturers, so I recommend looking up Silver Brush Grand Prix Superior Bristle Brushes online using my above recommendation as guide in order to know what sizes I am using.

  • Masterson’s Sta-Wet palette system (12×16) with sponge & Masterson’s Palette Paper. This simply is a must. Without this system the paint will dry quickly and be difficult to work with. The red lid comes with sponge & paper in it. The blue lid does not include these, so the paper and sponge need to be purchased separately.
  • Palette knife
  • Painting towel – thick white cotton for wiping excess paint on
  • Container to hold water for painting
  • Liquitex or Golden Heavy Body Acrylic Paints (other brands are acceptable) – Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Orange, Alizarin Crimson Hue, Ultramarine Blue, Titanium White, and N8 Neutral Grey (Golden Heavy Body). It is best to avoid the hues of Cad Yellow Light and Cad Orange but purchase the true color instead. N8 Neutral Grey is a very light grey used in place of white for mixing – this allows white to be saved and used to mix the lightest highlights.
  • Two canvas or painting panels – all sizes 11×14, and smaller, are acceptable (applying gesso to the surface is recommended if it is of a lesser quality. Sennelier makes a fabulous acrylic white gesso.)
  • Paper towels- blue shop towels are highly recommended
  • Handheld or compact mirror
  • Reference photographs (hard copy or electronic). Hard copy can be a 5×7 or larger. Electronic can be on any device other than a smartphone since the image is too small to work from.

Ingrid Derrickson

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Small Impressions

Description: Painting miniature still life in oil will enhance your abilities and your daily painting habits to create expressive little gems, abstracted in light and color.

Time: 9am-4pm
Member Fee: $65 Non-member Fee: $85

To Register, go to: Small Impressions

Location: Warehouse 521 – 521 Heather Pl, Nashville, TN 37204 Student Levels for this workshop: All Levels
Student Limit: 12

Supply list:

Oil Paints:
Naphthol Red
Cadmium Yellow Light
Ultramarine Blue
Titanium White
Payne’s Gray
Additional preferred colors
4-6 small canvases, panels or prepared paper, 5×5, 6×6, or similar sizes Preferred brushes
Gamsol and paper towels

Marci Hicks and Haden Pickel

Saturday, May 11th, 2019

Critters En Plein Air

Description: In a stress-free environment, Haden and Marjorie will showcase some of their plein air paintings of cows, chickens, pets, etc., and help to guide students through their own paintings. We’ll be using photos (as most critters are hard to reason with) but will be aiming to capture a very painterly, en plein air feel. Bring your own images that you’ve taken yourself, please, or use some of ours that we will provide. Students will learn, or be reminded, to focus on proper proportions/VALUES/hard and soft edges, and of course, beautifully mixed color!

Time: 9:30 to 4:00 pm
Member Fee: $65 Non-member Fee: $85

To Register, go to: Critters En Plein Air

Location: Warehouse 521 – 521 Heather Pl, Nashville, TN 37204

Student Levels for this workshop: All Levels
Student Limit: 14

Supply list:

Please bring a warm and cool of each primary color, and white: Extra colors you could bring: yellow ochre, dioxazine purple, transparent oxide red
Bring two canvases on the small side. Ex. 9×12, 11×14

Bring larger brushes mainly, long flats, and filberts. (In Rosemary brush sizing, #6’s 8’s 10’s and maybe 12’s) Also, bring one or two smaller brushes. #2, #4
Odorless terp. In a can with a lid.
Paper towels
Trash bag/container
There will be easels provided, or bring your plein air easel.

Jean Gauld-Jaeger and Karen Philpott

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019
Rain Date, Friday, May 17, 2019

Plein Air 101

Description: This workshop is for anyone who enjoys the outdoors and would love to capture their surroundings with a brush and paint. Come join others who are excited to learn and ready to paint plein air for the first time. It is not necessary to have had previous painting experience. This is a good time and place to begin!

Upon completion of class you can/will:- Select materials for your next plein air outing.
– Know the best books to purchase to help you along your journey. – Pick out a scene and know how to best compose it. – Feel encouraged to start your next plein air painting.  You will also receive an instruction manual describing the basic rules of landscape painting.

Time: 9:30 am-4:30 pm
Member Fee: $65 + $6 for park shelter rental= $71

Non-member Fee: $85 + $6 for park shelter rental=91

To Register, go to: Plein Air 101

Location: Edwin Warner Park, Shelter #5 located on Vaughn Road off Old Hickory Blvd. Nashville, TN 37221.

Student Levels for This Workshop: Beginning Student Limit: 12
Supply List:

Old Clothes/Apron to paint in /Sunscreen
 Insect Repellant/ Hat /Notebook for notes
 Chair if needed while outside

Todd Saal

Saturday, May 18th, 2019

Urban Watercolor: A Plein Air Experience

Description: Learn to build confidence in painting onsite in watercolor. You will learn the fundamental techniques of the medium. Discover how to interpret and simplify subjects to produce successful urban paintings.

After a career in music and formal training in pastels, oil, and sculpture, Todd expanded his creative repertoire, teaching himself to paint in watercolor. He quickly realized that watercolor was not for one to control as in other mediums. You’re never in complete control with watercolor. Giving in to the unconstrained nature of this medium is what he has come to love the most. His paintings are done mostly en plein air,

Time: 9:30 am-4:30 pm
Member Fee: $65 Non-member Fee: $85
To Register, go to: Urban Watercolor: A Plein Air Experience

Location: Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203 Student Levels for this workshop: All Levels
Student Limit: 16

Supply list:

Feel free to bring whatever supplies you are most comfortable in using. Items list below are meant as guidelines.

Sketch Pencil – I use a .07mm 2B lead mechanical pencil. White or kneaded eraser
Watercolor Paper: loose 1⁄4 sheets (11×15) or similarly sized watercolor blocks. 140lb rough or cold press.

Examples: Arches, Saunders Waterford, Fabriano Artistico

Easel: simple lightweight tripod style easel (for plein air work) and board to tape paper too if using loose sheets.

Watercolor Palette: Whatever you’re comfortable with but should have about 3 larger areas for mixing

Pigments: I suggest warm and cool versions of each primary. I use the following hues Cad Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Cad Orange, Cad Red, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Mineral Violet, Lavender, French Ultramarine, Cobalt Blue, Cobalt Turquoise, Neutral Tint, Titanium White

Brushes: I suggest at least 3. A natural hair or synthetic equivalent mop, #12 and #10 rounds

Miscellaneous: Masking tape, small water mister, water container, paper towels, hat and sunscreen for outdoors.

Kay Keyes Farrar

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

Design for Impact!

Description: Organize shape, value, directional angles and color to create paintings with impact. Add the fresh brushwork of plein air to capture light, atmosphere and excitement of the outdoor experience so your paintings capture the mood of the day. Start by gathering information in sketches in order to experiment with compositions and gather ideas. What inspired you to paint a particular scene? Concentrating on this one idea will help you through the painting process. Learn to break down the landscape into: directional line, positive and negative shape, value relationships, color harmonies, color intensity and edge quality. Understanding each aspect of the landscape painting in this order helps build confident design to convey your idea. Kay will offer demos in both compositional sketches and oil, and lots of individual encouragement at the easel. Lunch will be a time to gather to share our ideas and paintings.

Time: 9:30 am-4:00 pm
Member Fee: $65 Non-member Fee: $85

To Register, go to: Design for Impact

Location: Meet at Leiper’s Creek Gallery, 4144 Old Hillsboro Rd. 37064

Student Levels for this workshop: Beginning and Intermediate

Student Limit: 12

Supply list: Please bring what supplies you are comfortable with and confident using.

Sketchbook for design compositions value pencils or gray markers suggested

Plein Air gear set up, paper towel,
 trash bags, sunscreen, water, brush washer with Gamsol, Odorless mineral spirits suggested No paper palettes, please.

Titanium White,
Cad Yellow Light, Cad Yellow Medium, Yellow Ochre, Alizarin Crimson, Cad Red Medium, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Violet
Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber

Variety of Brushes – I like Rosemary Brushes (daggers and angle brushes, filbert, and rounds) and Master’s Touch

Brenda Coldwell

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

A VALUE-able Lesson

Description: The first part of the day, there will be a slide presentation and handouts that will help the artist interpret value more clearly. Value and composition exercises and studies to be painted by each participant, from provided photo reference or image projected on screen.

You are invited to eat lunch at the studio provided my me…Soup and salad.
 The second half of the day, we will paint value sketches “en plein air” at On Track Studios.

Time: 9:30am-3:30pm
Member Fee: $65 Non-member Fee: $85

To Register, go to: A VALUE-able Lesson

Location: OnTrack Studios

Student Levels for this workshop: All Levels Student Limit: 10

Supply list: Please bring your own plein air set up, the color palette that you’re comfortable with, plus black and white, odorless mineral spirits, paper towels, a variety of brush sizes. Bring one panel, taped off in quarters with tape (not blue..something neutral-masking) i.e. 12 x 16 would yield 4 6×8’s
I’ll also have some small panels for you to use…We will keep it small on this day!

Karen Philpott

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

Painting Trees in All Seasons

Description: For an artist painting the Tennessee landscape one of the greatest elements you can capture are trees. Here in the South trees captivate artists in every season with their soft spring auras, the lush greens of summer, their vivid fall foliage and the lovely long winter shadows. In this class students will explore how to accurately place trees in the landscape and paint them as they change throughout the year.

Time: 9:30 am-4:00 pm
Member Fee: $65 Non-member Fee: $85

To Register, go to: Painting Trees in all Seasons

Location: OnTrack Studios – 1978 Wilson Pike, Franklin, TN 37067

Student Levels for this workshop: Beginning to Intermediate

Student Limit: 12 Supply list:

Artists must provide their own materials including: Palette
Paper Towels
Grocery bag for trash

Mineral spirits Gamsol (no turpentine please) Brushes: these are suggestions…
Hog bristle -flats # 8,6,4,3
Filberts # 10,8,4

Rounds #10, 8,4,
Paint : Artist are welcome to bring their own paint
(Karen uses an expanded limited palette… Titanium white, Cad lemon pure, Indian yellow, Cad red light, alizarin crimson, transparent red oxide, ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, cerulean blue.
Canvas (2 9×12 and one 16 x 20
Palette knife
Standing easels, chairs and tables are available at the studio (or Artists may bring their own)

“You will learn to paint trees only by understanding them, their growth, their nature, their movement – and realizing that they are conscious living things. A tree seldom if ever encroaches upon the liberty of another tree. It never wastes its growth in unnecessary twistings.” (John F. Carlson)

Please pack a lunch! Bring your field chair!

Susan Elizabeth Jones

Friday, May 31st, 2019

Illustrated Travel Journaling

Description: Have you ever taken a walk in a spring meadow or ridden your bike on a country lane or any other outdoor experience that was so beautiful you wanted to capture it to savor at any time? The sights, sounds, and feelings of nature are awe-inspiring, and what could be lovelier than to preserve the moments of inspiration in a nature and travel journal?  Thomas Jefferson, Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Edison, Charles Darwin, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Prince Charles are just a few who journaled, who kept nature- and travel-themed notebooks. Peter Rabbit and all his furry friends were characters that emerged from Beatrix Potter’s nature journals.

Join Susan Elizabeth Jones at beautiful and historic Rippavilla in Spring Hill to spend the day exploring the gardens, historic cemetery, historic structures, “witness trees” and documenting the many treasures that will be discovered on this 98-acre estate that has been preserved forever through the Land Trust of Tennessee.

Time: 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Member Fee: $50 + $12 for location fee =$62 Non-member Fee: $70+ $12 for location fee =$82

To Register, go to: Illustrated Travel Journaling

Location: Rippavilla Plantation Grounds, Spring Hill. TN, 5700 Main St, Spring Hill, TN 37174, just one mile south of Saturn Parkway off I-65S

Student Levels for this workshop: All levels
Student Limit: No Limit

Supply list:

Watercolor Journal or Spiral Notebook of watercolor paper Watercolor Brush Pens (preferred) or Travel Watercolor Kit Pencil, Black ink pen
Paper Towels

Bottle Water
Bring your lunch and field Chair!

Gayle Levee
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Understanding the Split Primary Palette

Description: We all know that, ideally, most colors can be mixed from the primaries Red, Yellow and Blue. But in real life there are limitations to that ideal. None of our pigments are absolutely pure – they are made from minerals found in nature, and we artists do our best to use those colors to approximate what we see.

The fact is, pigments are not perfect, and we need to account for that. The split primary palette helps by using a warm and a cool red, a warm and a cool yellow, and a warm and a cool blue. In this workshop, we’ll learn how to arrange our palette and our thinking with these concepts in mind, and we’ll finish a painting using this palette

Time: 9:30 am-4:00 pm
Member Fee: $65 Non-member Fee: $85

To Register, go to: Understanding the Split Primary Palette

Location: OnTrack Studios – 1978 Wilson Pike, Franklin, TN 37067

Student Levels for this workshop: All levels

Student Limit: 12

Supply list:

Permanent Magenta; Cadmium Red Medium
Cadmium Yellow Medium; Cadmium Yellow Lemon (or citron) Cerulean Blue; French Ultramarine Blue

Transparent Red Oxide
Linseed Oil or Gamblin Solvent-Free Gel Three 8×8 panels or boards

Rags, brushes, palette, painting knives

Bring your lunch, bug spray, sunblock. We may paint inside or outside, depending on the weather. We won’t use photos.


The Details

Signups are on a first-come, first-serve basis and you may take as many workshops as you like.  There will be no fall series offered this year, so sign up now.

The Chestnut Group website will process all registrations and payments securing your spot in the class. Checks are not an optional form of payment.  To get the discounted member rate, you must be logged in to the website.  After registration, you will get a confirmation email from the site. Class purchases will also show up on your My Workshops page after processing is complete.

Dues must be current to signup at a member discount.  If you have any trouble with logging into the website to access the signup form, or renew, reach out to Wendy Ervin at 615-826-7421 or Renee Bates, 615-642-3007 for assistance.

Paint Your Heart Out Cancellation policy for each session:

  • 100% refund for cancellations made more than 30 days prior to the workshop
  • 50% refund for cancellations made 15 to 30 days prior to the workshop
  • 0% refund for cancellations made less than 15 days prior to the workshop 

Be sure you are logged in to the Chestnut Group website for your member pricing.

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