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  • ARBORETUM ABSTRACTION oil on canvas, 22 x 28 in, copyright ©2004

From 1998 through 2005 Atsuko Lindley was my class monitor, for both plein air and studio sessions. Ako had been born in Tokyo, and moved to the United States in her late teens. She attended San Jose State University, majoring in art, and got her first job out of school at the Oakland Tribune as an illustrator.

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From 1998 through 2005 Atsuko Lindley was my class monitor, for both plein air and studio sessions. Ako had been born in Tokyo, and moved to the United States in her late teens. She attended San Jose State University, majoring in art, and got her first job out of school at the Oakland Tribune as an illustrator.

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  • POPPIES, oil on canvas, 14 x 10 inches, copyright ©2010

In the late 1990s I was offering plein air classes privately, after piloting a 1995 program through the Gage Academy, which was then called the Academy of Realist Art. I had gone through a succession of monitors, those student participants that helped the class run smoothly in exchange for a tuition waiver, eventually working with Ako Lindley, a Tokyo born and bred Japanese woman who had made the U. S. her home for many decades. Ako was well connected in Seattle's Japanese community, and during her tenure as monitor she induced several other Japanese to join the class. One of these was Ritsuko Taneda.

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In the late 1990s I was offering plein air classes privately, after piloting a 1995 program through the Gage Academy, which was then called the Academy of Realist Art. I had gone through a succession of monitors, those student participants that helped the class run smoothly in exchange for a tuition waiver, eventually working with Ako Lindley, a Tokyo born and bred Japanese woman who had made the U. S. her home for many decades. Ako was well connected in Seattle's Japanese community, and during her tenure as monitor she induced several other Japanese to join the class. One of these was Ritsuko Taneda.

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Plein Air Class

Location and schedule information for ongoing plein air classes, including maps, weather info, other pertinent data.

Plein Air Classes are currently canceled until further notice, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please check back for more information. In the meantime, consider signing up for Online Group Critiques.

Online Group Critique

If you are a participant of the ongoing weekly online group critiques, you will find the current portfolio, information and instructor demos here. You will also find archived recordings and portfolios from previous critiques.

Materials / Resources

Materials and other resources, including recommended reading, apps for plein air, artist quotes, links to other resources and studio shop talk here.

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Plein Air Class

Location and schedule information for ongoing plein air classes, including maps, weather info, other pertinent data.

Plein Air Classes are currently canceled until further notice, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please check back for more information. In the meantime, consider signing up for Online Group Critiques.

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Online Group Critique

If you are a participant of the ongoing weekly online group critiques, you will find the current portfolio, information and instructor demos here. You will also find archived recordings and portfolios from previous critiques.

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Materials / Resources

Materials and other resources, including recommended reading, apps for plein air, artist quotes, links to other resources and studio shop talk here.

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Student Forum

The Student Forum is used for organizing extracurricular excursions to museum shows, artist studios, etc. It can also be used to trade information related to painting.

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