Monday, August 18, 2014

Chestnut Group Workshop Spots Available

Chestnut Group Workshop Spots - Now Open to Public 
(Only a few spots left in only a few workshops!!!)  

Paint Your Heart Out Workshops, September 8 – 28

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Get ready for our most popular workshop series, Paint Your Heart Out! Chestnuts artists are volunteering their time to teach a variety of art related skills, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting our group. Each workshop is one day only and reasonably priced—an amazing opportunity to enrich your artistic skills! Be sure to scroll all the way down so you can view every workshop offered. Note on supplies: Bottled water will be provided. Bring your own lunch since most of the workshops will be in the field, and bring your stool/chair for the demos.

To sign up, contact Rachel Blair at chestnutnews2@comcast.netAs soon as you sign up for workshops, please send in your payment in order to save your place. Make check out to The Chestnut Group and send to:

Rachel Blair
240 Boxmere Place
Nashville, TN 37215


Click here for a printable version of the workshops: Paint Your Heart Out Workshops 2014

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Workshop Opportunity in May

The Chestnut Group has a few spots left in this workshop.  It is now open to the public.

Plein Air Workshop with Bryan Mark Taylor, May 7-10

We are pleased and honored to offer this opportunity to learn from such a well-known and respected artist as Bryan Mark Taylor. “Painting the Essentials Plein Air Workshop” will take place May 7-10. This workshop will focus on landscape painting on location, strengthening compositions, seeing and simplifying shapes, identifying value planes, capturing light, understanding color harmony, creating texture, and developing personal expression. For more information about the artist please reference The fee is $550 and the number of students is 15.
To reserve your space in Bryan’s workshop, please contact Rachel Blair at 615-504-7201, or at

My friend Bryan Mark Taylor is such a great communicator and teacher.  So excited he is coming to teach for Chestnuts!  Join in if you can. – Lori Putnam
Bryan Mark Taylor

Friday, February 21, 2014

Mark Lague Workshop Opportunity

Opportunity!  The Chestnut Group has a few spots left for this Mark Lague workshop coming up.  Mark is an internationally known realist painter, with a very distinctive style of painting.  He is from Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Mark Lague – April 1-4, 2014

“Connections: Dynamic Compositions Through Massing of Values”

Through massing of values, Mark will focus on teaching you to see in 2 values by using small black and white wash studies, to be used as road maps to simplify and consolidate values using color. Each day will begin with a demo followed by individual instruction. Also, throughout the day, Mark will demonstrate with quick studies. To learn more about the artist please visit The fee is $500 and the number of students is 15.

To register email Rachel Blair at
This painting by Mark Lague, "Along the Seine" was awarded Finalist
by judge Stephen Doherty in the January Raymar Fine Art Competition.
"Paris Traffic" - 24"x 16" - oil on panel                   "Notre Dame Basilica" - 60"x 48" - oil on canvas
Photo: "Notre Dame Basilica" - 60"x 48" - oil on canvas
             Photo: "Paris Traffic" - 24"x 16" - oil on panel                                             

Friday, March 22, 2013

Plein Air Workshop with Tiffany Foss

This will be a great workshop for anyone, but especially those beginner Plein Air painters.  Tiffany is going to be covering the "Basics" that so many of us struggled with when we began painting outside.   
Happy Painting!!!