Workshops

If you are interested in learning from John, there is a list of upcoming workshops below. If none of the available dates or locations work for you, consider coordinating one for him in your area yourself or through a local arts organization. John teaches a variety of subjects and is passionate about sharing.

Plein Air Workshops

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February 27-March 2, 2017, Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational (with Jason Sacran)

Jason Sacran and John Lasater, are teaming up to teach a focused plein air workshop. Tinged with good-natured fun, this workshop will teach you how to seriously take your work to the next level, kicking off with a lecture on “Finding Your Edge” in the national plein air movement.

While painting the beautiful motifs of Maui’s light, atmosphere, and textures, Jason and John will demonstrate focusing on the primary language of visual art: design. As you watch, you will witness two unique ways of application and interpretation, narrated by the artists with an invitation for discussion. You will be encouraged to see more perceptually and with less trepidation during your many opportunities to paint and engage in critiques. Click here for more information.

Objectives

  • New ways of tackling one of the toughest artistic subjects – landscape en plein air
  • Choosing where to paint – things to think about before settling on a spot to paint
  • Learn ways to conquer fear and boredom
  • How to paint larger canvases outdoors, and in multiple sessions
  • Adding nocturne painting to your repertoire
  • Familiarization with tools, oil paint, and application
  • Learning to call it quits at the right time

Known for their string of awards at national competitions, Jason and John excel at design, sophisticated color mixing, paint application and edge-control. And now, with years of teaching under their belts, expect to be encouraged and challenged by their demonstrations and hands-on help.

Here’s what students of Jason and John have said about their workshops:

I want to give you a “rave” review for a wonderful workshop. I highly recommend that everyone take your workshop and to experience the generosity, kindness, friendship, fun and talent you both possess. You two represent the best of the best in the painting world!

—Andrea K, Georgia

“I felt that after you got to know our individual abilities, you really fine-tuned your comments for each of us. I also appreciated how open you were in answering questions…and your humor. Your workshop left me feeling prepared, motivated and inspired to continue my own practice. Thanks, again, for being so generous with your talent and knowledge.”

—Jenny W, Arkansas

“You taught me something more than ‘how to paint what I see’ more effectively, although I did learn that. I came away from the workshop understanding more about creating art. Every person in the workshop produced work that seemed to reflect their own spirit and their own journey. It was a pretty special learning experience.”

—Kathryn F, Missouri

May 20-23, 2017, Anita Elder "Art Loft", Dahlonega, GA

Outdoor Painting with John P. Lasater IV
at the Anita Elder “art loft”
May 20-23, 2017

For more information click here.

You’re invited to take your outdoor paintings to the next level with John P. Lasater IV, while painting the beautiful motifs of the North Georgia Mountains in the quaint city of Dahlonega, GA.

A familiar name in the national plein air scene, John excels at design, sophisticated color mixing, paint application and edge-control. And now, with years of teaching under his belt, expect to be encouraged and challenged by his demonstrations and hands-on help.

John has been influenced by many artists: directly through workshops with Israel Hershberg, C.W. Mundy, and Carolyn Anderson, and indirectly through self-study of historical sources such as Charles Hawthorne, Edwin Dickenson, Georgio Morandi, James Whistler, Edgar Degas, Andrew Wyeth, Camille Corot, Diego Velazquez, and Italian and Roman historical art.

Workshop Objectives

  • Introduce you to new ways of approaching one of the toughest artistic subjects – landscapes painted outdoors.
  • Further your knowledge of wet-on-wet oil painting, and ways to use your tools.
  • Empower you to make better choices when deciding what and how to paint; choices that fit you personally and this place in art history.
  • Introduce you to painting larger canvases outdoors, and in multiple sessions.
  • Add nocturnal painting to your repertoire.
  • Learn new ways to conquer your emotional roadblocks.
  • Teach you about the history of outdoor painting, and how you fit in its current manifestation in the United States.
July 24 - August 7, 2017, JSS in Civita, Civita Castellana, Italy (with Jason Sacran)

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In the Birthplace of Outdoor Painting
En Plein Air Workshop with
John P. Lasater IV & Jason Sacran
July 24 – August 7, 2017

You’re invited to take your outdoor paintings to the next level with John P. Lasater IV and Jason Sacran, while painting the beautiful motifs of Civita Castellana, Italy. Civita Castellana was a favorite destination of artists such as Corot, Turner, Ingres, Bidault, and Bertin, as well as many others before them, and it’s easy to see why. The severe plateaus and pastoral hills dotted with ancient architecture are nothing short of Arcadian. It’s an en plein air dream, really.

As a part of the JSS in Civita Summer program, you will also have the opportunity to attend lectures, critiques and demonstrations by Israel Hershberg, Yael Scalia, Susan Jane Walp and others, as well as excursions to famous Italian destinations. (You can read about John’s experience at the 2016 JSS in this Plein Air Magazine article.)

Known for their string of awards in American plein air competitions, Jason and John excel at design, sophisticated color mixing, paint application and edge-control. And now, with years of teaching under their belts, expect to be encouraged and challenged by their demonstrations and hands-on help; all of this in what is arguably the birthplace of outdoor painting!

For information on how to attend, click here.

Here’s what students of Jason and John have said about their workshops:

I want to give you a “rave” review for a wonderful workshop. I highly recommend that everyone take your workshop and to experience the generosity, kindness, friendship, fun and talent you both possess. You two represent the best of the best in the painting world!
—Andrea K, Georgia

“I felt that after you got to know our individual abilities, you really fine-tuned your comments for each of us. I also appreciated how open you were in answering questions…and your humor. Your workshop left me feeling prepared, motivated and inspired to continue my own practice. Thanks, again, for being so generous with your talent and knowledge.”
—Jenny W, Arkansas

“You taught me something more than ‘how to paint what I see’ more effectively, although I did learn that. I came away from the workshop understanding more about creating art. Every person in the workshop produced work that seemed to reflect their own spirit and their own journey. It was a pretty special learning experience.”
—Kathryn F, Missouri

Recent awards for Jason Sacran include:
Best of Show – 2015 Plein Air Easton
Best of Show – 2016 Maui Plein Air
Seascape Excellence Award – 2016 Oil Painters of America National
Best of Show – 2015 Olmsted Plein Air
Best of Show – 2015 Plein Air Southwest

Recent awards for John P. Lasater IV include:
Best of Show – 2016 Easels in Frederick
Best of Show – 2015 Sedona Plein Air
Artists Choice & Collectors Choice – 2016 Maui Plein Air
First Place – 2015 Door County Plein Air
Still Life Excellence Award – 2015 Oil Painters of America National

www.jasonsacran.com
www.lasaterart.com

September 25–27, 2017, Inspire Studio and Gallery, Carmel, Indiana
November 12-15, 2018, Tallapoosa School of Art

Still Life Workshops

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What They’re Saying!

I felt that after you got to know our individual abilities, you really fine-tuned your comments for each of us. I also appreciated how open you were in answering questions…and your humor. Your workshop left me feeling prepared, motivated and inspired to continue my own practice. Thanks, again, for being so generous with your talent and knowledge.”

Jenny W, Arkansas

(Joint workshop with Jason Sacran) I want to give you a “rave” review for a wonderful workshop. I highly recommend that everyone take your workshop and to experience the generosity, kindness, friendship, fun and talent you both possess. You two represent the best of the best in the painting world!

Andrea K, Georgia

The demo was visual learning at its best…breaking down the subject into abstract shapes for strong paintings.

Charli S, Missouri

John explained and demonstrated how to see a subject, organize its basic shapes into a pleasing composition, and translate it into an attractive painting.  He clarified and simplified these concepts in ways that finally made sense to me after many years of studying art, and he helped each of us apply what we learned in our own style.  It was not only beneficial, but fun!

Betsy S, Missouri

John Lasater’s class provided me with the instruction I needed to improve as an artist.  His teaching demonstrations gave insights into how to improve composition, technique and color harmony.   Students were given the opportunity to practice the skills he taught while he continually monitored and guided us through the painting process.  It was a great learning experience.

Renee G, Missouri