Workshops, Classes & Events


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Mary Pettis

Mary welcomes students of all levels to attend her workshops, unless an advanced skill level is specified. Read Mary's letter to workshop students on this page.


A Letter to Workshop Students:

Mastering the technical side of painting is a lifetime process, so be gentle and patient with yourself and love the journey. Cherish the present moment, and try not to compare yourself with other artists.

The technical tools we explore in depth are Line, Shape, Value, Color, Edges and Texture. I believe that my role as a teacher is to help train you to analyze your impression in light of the abstract qualities of each of these tools. As you advance in your knowledge of the tools, focus shifts to fuller expression of your content, concept, or idea. To truly capture the quality of a place or a subject, you must have a feeling about it beyond its physical appearance. If you feel nothing about your subject, so will your viewer.

Great paintings begin as subjects viewed with sensitivity, insight and empathy. Your art should arise from that which fascinates and stirs you. In my workshops, it is my hope that you will experience the joy of not only creating, but also the joy of successfully conveying your message through this elegant language of paint!


This Month's Workshops & Events

Tue - Aug 01
  ASMA 17th National Exhibition - Minnesota Marine Art Museum

The American Society of Marine Artists 17th National Exhibition: Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona, MN from June 24, 2017 – September 23, 2017.


Paint Italy in 2017 with Mary Pettis
Location: Cinque Terre, Italy
Dates: September 28 - October 5, 2017
Price: $2,895.00 (painter) $2595.00 (non-painter)

Join Mary for an amazing week of painting on location in the scenic Cinque Terre (5 Villages) of Italy. We’ll stay at a charming family-run hotel above bustling Monterosso (the largest of the 5 towns) and spend each day capturing the color and light of this enchanting land on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea.

We’ll walk, train or boat to various locations for some of the most scenic painting venues imaginable. There are broad vistas, water and boat scenes and tiny village streets for you to capture on canvas. Daily painting will focus on how to quickly gather and edit essential information in the field, accompanied by critiques and fun art discussions with Mary.