Color Boot Camp

A Two Day Plein Air Workshop

All Media

John Clayton,  Instructor

August 5th and 6th

Friday and Saturday, 9am – 4pm


$225 Members

$255 Non-members

John Clayton, Portsmouth Arts Guild
Light on the Bay, oil painting
John Clayton, Town Hall, Portsmouth Arts Guild
Town Hall, watercolor

Join us for a two day workshop with John Clayton for oil and watercolor artists.

Explore ways to simplify a scene to flat masses and develop values and exciting color notes.

Learn to mix key colors in an expressive and creative way.  We will study the light from life by comparing color notes including noting color masses that comprise a figure without rendering, i.e. “Mudheads

The two day workshop will be broken down into four sessions:

         Two sessions of landscape lessons

         One figure session

         One still life, indoors if raining, otherwise out of doors.

A short demonstration will be given before each lesson. 


About John Clayton

John Clayton, searching for of his own artistic voice, left the grey walls of The Art Student’s League of New York. Clayton’s journey lead him to the Cape School in Provincetown where he embraced the “Art of Seeing Color” as taught by the late Henry Hensche, and Charles W. Hawthorne.

Clayton would paint outdoors as often as he could. Over many years Clayton matured into a devoted plein air painter. He now makes his living painting and teaching throughout Cape Cod in the Summers and the streets of Key West in the Winter. “Color is the vehicle I use to express my own sense of nature. I am inspired by nature and light; its ever changing conditions are challenging to me.

His work is about the light key, and expressing it through paint. While attending the The National Academy in New York, John was the recipient of the Arthur and Melville Philips Scholarship and the Mrs Roberts Forbes Scholarship. He also received an honorable mention in the Academy’s annual student show. Clayton was one of eight in the Provincetown Art Association’s “Emerging Artists Exhibition”, in 1999.

In 2006 he received a Mass Cultural Council grant. Among the many teachers with whom John Clayton has studied, include Harvey Dinnerstein, Marybeth McKenzie, and Cedric Egeli.

With thanks to our generous sponsors

Prudence Island Quilters Guild