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

Mon - Jan 01
  ASMA 17th National Exhibition - Mystic Seaport Museum

The American Society of Marine Artists 17th National Exhibition: Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, CT from October 14, 2017 – January 26, 2018.


April 1-3, 2018 – ATELIER Landscape Master Class with Mary Pettis

This workshop is especially designed to inspire and inform artists who have a working knowledge of oil painting and are now ready to move towards more personally expressive and masterful paintings, particularly in the art of landscape. The workshop is being held by The Atelier in Minneapolis, MN. To learn more and to register for the class, visit their website HERE, or call 612-362-8421.

The Artistic Anatomy of Trees, Water, Rocks and Sky

Location: Taylors Falls, MN
Dates: Sept 7 - 9, 2018
Price: $375.00

In the same way that understanding human anatomy can help us to paint the figure more expressively, a knowledge of the artistic anatomy of rocks, trees, water and skies can help artists to develop a true "landscape sense", backing bold, bravura brushwork with the sound knowledge of the construction and movement of forms.

Join us for our "The Artistic Anatomy of Trees, Water, Rocks and Sky" 3-day workshop, which takes place in the beautiful St. Croix National Scenic Riverway in Taylors Falls, Minnesota. Space is limited! Click the button below to register with your payment: