Doug Clarke Teaches Plein Air Painting on Washington Island

In conjunction with his upcoming Northern Exposures show at The Art and Nature Center, Aug. 4- 21, Doug Clarke will teach a plein air workshop Aug. 4-6 on Washington Island. Last year, he taught a two-day class on Rock Island. What brings him to the Island? In addition to having family there, the Island’s natural beauty and diversity of subjects entices him to return and paint.

Clarke’s past students have been highly complimentary. They report his teaching style encourages them as they develop their personal style. Clarke will have students initially paint a smaller canvas. He believes it is best to start small so that each student will not feel overwhelmed to complete a larger painting. Consequently, the student will be able to successfully complete that attempt.

How did the switch from commercial/studio to plein air painting come about? Initially, his love of art led to training in commercial art and a degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. The first time he tried plein air painting, he said it was a very humbling experience but also quite fun. To his surprise, he won a merit award and sold a painting on this first try of what would become a passion for him. He has since won several awards for his plein air paintings including first place at Plein Air 757, Williamsburg Plein Air and Plein Air Mount Lebanon competitions.

Clarke also does noir or night plein air work. Night work will be an option in this workshop.

Classes will be held 8 am to 3 pm, Aug. 4-6, with a demo from 8 to 10 each morning. An opening reception for Clarke’s show will be held Aug. 7, 4:30 – 6 pm. To register, call Laura at The Art and Nature Center (920.847.2025) between 10:30 am and 4:30 pm, or email [email protected] To preview Clarke’s work visit

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