Paint Your Heart Out: How to Improve your Painting with Procreate App

Saturday, November 3, 2018
Mike Sowers
How to Improve your Painting with Procreate App

Description:  We will explore the various ways to manipulate images of reference photos as well as paintings in process using an IPad Pro with pencil and the versatile and feature rich app for Procreate

Time: 9:30am-1 pm

Member Fee: $50 Non-Member: $65

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

Type of Workshop: Half day in the studio

Student Levels for this workshop:  Requirement of owning an iPad Pro and blue tooth pencil as well as downloaded app, Procreate. Some familiarity with the app is recommended.

Student Limit: 15

Supply list:

  • iPad Pro with pencil,
  • Procreate app (loaded) and images of your paintings & sketches,
  • reference photos of subject matter
  • photos of aspirational work – paintings you admire and want to emulate.

Paint Your Heart Out: The Fixer Upper

Friday, October 19, 2018
Dawn Whitelaw
The Fixer Upper

Description: The class offers the opportunity to learn from mistakes. Participants are asked to bring in 5-6 Plein Air sketches or small studio pieces that did not quite work or need some improvement. In class, we will explore ways to improve the paintings and will actually make changes on the painting. The decision to make the suggested changes, or not, is completely up to the artist. This process helps artists learn how to critique their own work. Glazing, “scumbling” and proper procedure to work on a painting that is completely dry will be addressed

Time: 9:30am-4:30pm

 Member Fee: $75 Non-Member Fee: $90

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

Type of Workshop:  Full day studio class

 Student Levels for this workshop:  All levels

 Student Limit: 12

Supply list:

  • 5-6 dry paintings that may need some changes. Either Plein Air or studio pieces are acceptable.
  • Easels and small tables are provided at On Track Studios.
  • Bring anything else you need to paint with. Only Gamsol solvent can be used at On Track Studios.
  • Paint, medium and brushes are the artists’ choice.
  •  Bring a lunch. Tea and water will be provided. There is a fridge and microwave available at OnTrack Studios.

Paint Your Heart Out: Fundamentals and Solid Foundations for Effective Landscape Painting

Thursday, October 18, 2018
Kevin Menck
Fundamentals and Solid Foundations for Effective Landscape Painting

Description: Workshop will focus on simplifying shapes and seeing masses in the landscape and being able to establish correct value and temperature in paintings.

Time: 9:30am-4:30pm

Member Fee: $75 Non-Member Fee: $90

Location: Anne Christeson’s Farm – 3375 Bailey Rd., Franklin, TN 37064

Type of Workshop: Full day

Student Levels for this workshop:  All levels

Student Limit: 12

Supply list: Whatever students use to paint outdoors will be fine.

Kevin uses:

  •  Open Box M palette/panel holder
  •  Three color palette (Cad. Scarlet, Cad. Lemon, Ultramarine  Blue and Titanium White)
  • Brushes of their choice – Thinner ones
  • Plastic bag for trash
  •  Paper towels
  •  Panels – 8×10, 9×12,11×14.

Paint Your Heart Out: Brushwork – Making Your Mark

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Pam Padgett
Brushwork – Making Your Mark

Description:  Techniques for creating a variety of brush marks and impressions to improve edges, atmosphere and interest within your landscapes.

Time: 9am-3pm

Member Fee: $75 Non-Member Fee: $90

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

Type of Workshop: Full day

Student Levels For This Workshop: All levels

Student Limit: 12

Supply List: 3-4 photos printed out 8×10 or images on your laptop or from a tablet ipad.

  • Paint:
    • Alizarin crimson
    • Cadmium red light
    • Cadmium yellow light
    • Cadmium yellow medium
    • Ultramarine blue
    • Titanium white
  • Galkyd medium or similar
  • 4  Painting panels  8×10 to 11×14
  • Brushes:
    • Natural fiber Filberts
    • Sizes 2,4,6,8
    • Flats 4, 6
  • Paint box, palette and easel
  • We have easels at OnTracks if you want to use them.
  • Odorless mineral spirits in a container jar etc.
  • Paper towels, razor scrapper (to clean palette), trash bags, pencil, Palette knife
  • Bring a sack lunch!

Paint Your Heart Out: Filling Your Paintings With Air And Light

Sunday, October 14, 2018
Gayle Levee
Filling Your Paintings With Air And Light

Description: Using the principles taught by Frank Mason, we will address the rendering of form, light and atmosphere.

Time: 9:30am-4:30pm

Member Fee:  $75 Non-Member Fee: $90

Location: On-Track Studios, 1978 Wilson Pike, Franklin, TN 37067

Type of Workshop: Full day, outdoors and in studio. Oil painting only.

Student Levels for this workshop: All levels

 Student Limit: 10

 Supply list: 

  • Oil Paint colors: Alizarine Crimson,  Rembrandt Brand Cadmium Red Deep, Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Rembrandt Brand Cadmium Yellow Light, Titanium White, Viridian, Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Ivory Black, Transparent Red Oxide.
  • Mediums: Gamsol, Gamblin Solvent-free Gel or Linseed Oil
  • Brushes: Flats 3/4″ wide and 1/4″ wide, Filberts  3/4″ wide and 1/4″ wide, Rounds about 1/8″ in diameter. I can’t give you numbers because brush sizes are not standardized. Just go by the dimensions I have given you here.
  • Surfaces: 3 8×10 or 9×12 panels
  • Other: rags, palette, sunscreen, bug spray, lunch

Paint Your Heart Out: Loosen Up Your Painting

Thursday, October 4, 2018
Chantel Barber
Loosen Up Your Painting


Description: We all want to loosen our paintings. It begins with values. Everything is made up of patterns of values/shapes. This workshop will focus on using value to create looser paintings from a photo reference. 

Time: 9:30am-4:30pm 

Member Fee: $75 Non Member Fee: $90

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

Type of Workshop: Full day in studio

Student Levels for this workshop: All levels

 Student Limit: 8

Supply list:  Acrylic and Oil painters welcome.

  • Filbert and Flat natural white hog bristle brushes in sizes 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 (I recommend and use Silver Brush Grand Prix Superior Bristle Brushes, but other brushes will do.  Also it is not necessary to have all the sizes unless desired.)
  • For Acrylic Artists ONLY: Masterson’s sta-wet palette system with sponge & paper is a must! – without this system the paint will dry quickly and be difficult to work with (red lid comes with sponge & paper in it, blue lid does not).
  • Palette knife
  • Painting towel- thick white cotton
  • Container to hold water for painting (Medium for Oil Painters)
  • Oil Colors: Ultramarine Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Yellow, Titanium White
  • Acrylic Colors: Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic Paints (other brands are acceptable) – Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Orange, Alizarin Crimson Hue, Ultramarine Blue, N8 Neutral Grey (very pale grey for mixing in place of white)
  • Small Canvas or painting panels (8×8, 10×8, 12×9)
  • Easel
  • Paper towels- blue shop towels recommended but not necessary

Paint Your Heart Out: The Role of Lost and Found Edges in Painting

Sunday, September 30, 2018
Diane May
The Role of Lost and Found Edges in Painting

Description: We will explore various methods of using paint to create hard and soft edges, look at the variety of ways in which edges are manipulated in paintings, and discuss how the intentional use of edgework contributes to the success of a painting and to the distinct visual language of an artist.

Time: 10am-4pm 

Member Fee: $75 Non Member Fee: $90

Location: Diane May Studio 228 Ensworth Pl. Nashville, TN 37205

Type of Workshop: Studio: Lecture and painting exercises using informal still life and photos.

Student Levels for this workshop: Beginner, Intermediate

Student Limit: 14

 Supply List:

  • Painting set up and whatever student is used to painting with,
  • one or two small panels
  • Students are encouraged to bring one or two paintings for discussion and a lunch.

Paint Your Heart Out: Brenda Coldwell and Tiffany Foss

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Brenda Coldwell                         Tiffany Foss

The Value Challenge                Preparing For A Show


Brenda Coldwell      

Description: There will be a discussion 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 and or simple still life. Please bring your lunch and stay and eat if you like!

Tiffany Foss        


Are you a new member and need to understand how The Chestnut Group shows work?  Would like to participate in local shows and would like to know more about the application and preparation process for a show?  Come to hear details about how to prepare for a show.  There will be a time for Q and A discussion as well!

Tiffany – 12:30pm-4:30pm

Type of Workshops: Two Half days in the studio

Member: half day – $45 Full day – $75 Non-Member:  $65 half day, or $90 full day

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

Student Levels for this workshop: All levels 
for both.

 Student Limit: 12 for both

Brenda’s Supply List:

  • Please bring your own color palette that you paint with, plus black and white.
  •  Odorless mineral spirits
  •  Paper towels
  •  A variety of brush sizes
  •  One 14×18 or 16×20 canvas panel.

Tiffany’s Supply List: Items to take notes

Paint Your Heart Out: Plein Air 101

Thursday, September 20, 2018
Rain Date- Friday, September 21, 2018
Jean Gauld Jaeger, Stacey Taylor, Karen Philpott, Renee Bates
Plein Air 101

Location: Edwin Warner Park Shelter # 6

Type of Workshop: Full Day Plein Air

Student Levels for This Workshop: Beginner

Student Limit: 12

Supply List:

  • Old Clothes/Apron to paint in
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellant
  • Hat
  • Paper towels
  • Pizza box for carrying paintings
  • Notebook for notes
  • Chair if needed while outside
  • Bring your lunch.

Paint Your Heart Out: Painting Water, plus a Fish Fry

Saturday, September 15, 2018
Frank Baggett
Painting Water plus a Fish Fry

Description: Many tips on how to concentrate on focal points in your work along with composition, as well as tips on painting water.

Frank will demo in the morning. There will be time for questions and answers after the demo. After lunch, students will paint, using the techniques taught during the demo. You may use the demo photo or bring one of your own. At the end of the workshop, we will draw names from a hat and the winner gets the signed morning demo.

Bring a light lunch and a side dish for the Fish Fry.

Time: 9:30am-4pm   At 4 pm the Fish Fry potluck supper begins.

Member Fee: $75 Non-Member: $90

Location: Frank’s residence – 1710 Crystal Springs Rd. Waverly, Tenn. 37185

Type of Workshop: Full day

Student Levels for this workshop – All levels

Student Limit: No limit – all Chestnut members welcome

Supply List: usual setup for plein air painting, and I will have extra supplies if needed.