Building a Painting

June 21 – June 24

Building a Painting with Alan Bray

For beginner to intermediate painters with a basic knowledge of drawing and painting

Tempera, watercolor, gouache, acrylic, or drawing.

This workshop will deal with the progression of making a painting from the initial impulse to the final execution of the work. We will examine the process of thinking, editing, refining, and developing a strategy and process for building a painting. This will include clarification of the intent of the work, preliminary studies (thumb nail sketches) and the final execution of the painting.

Alan Bray – Alan Bray’s landscapes are dreamlike worlds that we feel we know or have seen, and certainly we yearn for emotionally. He has been painting rural Maine for many years and you can feel his connection, but also his aloofness in his quiet observations of the natural world around him.

A review in the New Yorker states “Alan Bray’s casein-on-panel landscapes are cool, elegant, and blessedly devoid of prettiness… [They evoke nature’s majesty but drain away its wildness, suggesting something of the poise and repose of Giotto or Mantegna.”] Alan Bray , a Maine native, lives in Sangerville. He is a graduate of the University Of Southern Maine and the Villa Schifanoia Graduate School Of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy. He has exhibited throughout the U.S. and his work is in numerous private and public collections including the Portland Museum of Art, and the Farnsworth Museum. He is currently represented by Garvey/ Simon Gallery in N.Y.C. , the Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland, Me. And Seis Gallery in Los Angeles. His work can be seen at or or

Cost for this workshop includes tuition, room and board at Monson Arts; Materials will range $30-$50.
Arrival Friday at 5pm Departure Monday at 12pm.

Single Room: $760
Double Room: $640
Day Student: $520