Saturday, March 3, 2018

Upcoming landscape painting workshops in Europe: Ireland and Italy

Painting in IRELAND: 

May 16 - 25, 2018

 Join me for a painting workshop excursion to County Mayo, Ireland!  Our group will have your own personal local Irish guide, Cormac Cullen, based in Westport, Ireland. You will be taken to the beautiful countryside to explore the beauty of this ancient and mythical country. There are spectacular monastic and megalithic ruins to seek out in our daily adventures. Return to our hotel after painting all day to dine, converse and mingle with fellow artists. We will also have many wonderful evenings listening to Irish musicians play traditional music in the local pubs. We invite you to immerse yourself in an enriching and creative experience that will expand your painting practice and experience. Students of intermediate to advanced levels are welcome, open to all painters using oil, watercolor, acrylic or gouache. I will provide individualized instruction during plein aire excursions, demonstrations, discussions and presentations that will provide the format for an intensive exciting learning experience. The focus is on the landscape of County Mayo, where you will experience first hand the beauty and richness of Ireland. An emphasize will be place on the importance of drawing and composition as a foundation of a painting. Working small, participants will work to create work with a spirit of place. Her teaching emphasizes looking at the landscape and to understand the formal elements of painting, shape, color, space, form while responding to the grace, order and beauty that is in front of you. There will be ample opportunity to discuss each other’s work and to discuss other international painters throughout history to enrich our experience in Ireland.

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Small Format Landscape Painting from Nature

I'm teaching at Concord Art this October !

Small Format Landscape Painting from Nature
Come paint the inspiring landscape and embrace the exciting challenge of painting and drawing outdoors. There will be an emphasis on drawing the form and structure of the landscape, seeking a certain grace and order from nature. We will hone observational and design skills to seek visual unity when composing a preliminary sketch. Working small, participants will paint quickly, allowing nature to dictate a response. Students of all skill levels are welcome, including those who have taken this class before and would like to continue. Open for any medium, using oil, watercolor, acrylic or gouach
Friday, October 13, 10am–4pm
Saturday, October 14, 10am–4pm
Sunday, October 15, 10am–4pm

Thursday, August 3, 2017


Travel Days:September 20 - 30, 2018

Painting Workshop and Tour of Florence and the Hilltowns of Tuscany

We are proud to announce a special tour to Italy, led by art instructor Kathleen Jacobs.
This departure is limited to a maximum of twelve participants. While the emphasis is an artistic workshop, this is also a cultural journey, which we believe will enhance your ability to capture the essence of Tuscany in your work. Your guides will take you to locations you could not access on your own, including monasteries, churches, and vineyards. In Florence, there will be quiet, morning walks, to locations such as the Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi Corridor, and the Duomo.
Tuscany has perhaps produced more accomplishments in art and science than any other place in history. It is the birthplace of the Etruscan civilization, the Italian language, and the age that shaped modern history, the Renaissance. Imagine a small region that can claim Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Galileo, Dante, and Botticelli as its native sons! The first part of our trip will center on Florence, the capital of Tuscany, the city where the Renaissance began. It is a living museum of art and culture. We will explore its streets, piazzas, and great works of art and architecture in the company of excellent guides.
A short drive from Florence transports us into the beautiful Tuscan countryside. We will stay in Chianti, among the best-preserved landscapes in Italy, some virtually unchanged since artists depicted them five hundred years ago. The region has large areas of woodlands, interspersed with vineyards and dotted with medieval towns high on hills and ridges. The quality of light here has inspired generations of artists. Our journey will explore this glorious land in depth. Everywhere there is something of compelling beauty, curiosity, and interest — brilliant architecture, classic Tuscan landscapes, the daily life of the people themselves, providing continuity between past and present.
We always welcome tour companions who are not artists. There are interesting aspects of Italian life waiting to be explored in every location. In Florence, the countless museums, churches, markets, restaurants, and stores within walking distance of the hotel, make the city a desirable destination for any traveler. The quaint Tuscan villages offer wonderful landscapes, local markets, piazzas, and small shops to be enjoyed by all who might like to sketch, write, or simply appreciate the culture of Italy. The trip’s leisurely pace will provide ample opportunity to wander through medieval hill towns, and feast on the renowned regional foods and wines.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Another chance to paint the beautiful landscape ! This time at Snow Hill, Maryland

Kathleen Jacobs - Plein Air Painting on the Coast of Maryland

September 15 - 17, 2017
Medium: Gouache, Oil, Acrylic, Pencil & Pen
Level:  Intermediate
Tuition:  $575 | Lab Fee: $25
Paint and draw the inspiring land and water scapes of Snow Hill, Maryland and embrace the exciting challenge of painting and drawing outdoors. Simple hikes will take class members to view exciting river banks, coastal marshes and vistas. Initially, there will be an emphasis on drawing the form and structure of the landscape, seeking a certain grace and order from nature within a small format space. There will be an added emphasis on finding visual unity when composing a small pencil sketch that will eventually become a painting. Working small, participants will work quickly to create their paintings allowing the process of drawing from life to work with a spirit of simplicity and place. Enjoy a fresh engagement with intuition, freedom, and interaction with the lovely sounds, sites and colors of September in Snow Hill. Students of all levels are welcome, open to all painters using any medium to create a series of small paintings.
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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Elemental Landscapes

September 21 - October 28, 2016
Opening Wednesday September 21, 5-7pm 

Stockman Gallery
Second Floor
19 Chestnut Street
New Britain, CT  

Sunday, July 17, 2016


AUGUST 14-19
Week long workshop in Gloucester, MA
Plein Air Landscape Painting
all details about the studio and workshop
at the Cullowee Mountain Art Website:

September 23 - 25
Three Day Weekend Painting Plein Air Workshop
Concord Art
37 Lexington Road
Concord, MA

October 7--9
Three Day Workshop
Small Format Outdoor Landscape Painting II
Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill
Truro, Cape Cod, MA
details at:

Friday, July 1, 2016

This painting is included in a show in Concord, MA in the Main Gallery at the Concord Art Center...

"Responding to Place"
June 16 - August 13, 2016
go to:

Saturday, June 18, 2016

"Mt. Tom" on view at Concord Art, "Responding to Place"

Mt. Tom, 5 3/4" x 9" - o/panel
This painting is on view at Concord Art,
"Responding to Place" at Concord, MA now until Aug 13th

Artists: Wolf Kahn,  James Urbanski,  Lois Dodd, Elizabeth O'Reilly, Stuart Shils, Sara Noa Mark
John Walker, Andy Karnes, Rick Fox, Kathleen Jacobs, Allen Witting, Susanna Howland, Kib Bramhall, Kaen Vincent.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

"Responding to Place" at Concord Art June 16 - August 13 - Opening this Thursday 6-8pm

This painting will be on display in a show called Responding to Place
this coming June 16th through August 13, 2016.

I am showing with Lois Dodd, Wolf Kahn, Rick Fox, Stuart Shils, Kib Bramhall, Bernard Chaet, Allen Whiting, John Walker, Andy Kearns, Susanah Howland, and others...
please stop in to see the will be a selection of landscapes that share the idea of reponding to place --- we al work from life and respond to what we see...

Where:  Concord Art, 37 Lexington Road, Concord, MA

go to... to learn more...

this painting is entititled: Incoming Rain, Herring River, 48" x 48", oil/linen, painted in response to my favorite place, Wellfleet, MA

Monday, June 13, 2016

Come take a Painting class this summer!


June 27 - July 3rd
M-F 9-noon
Small Format Plein Air Landscape Painting I
Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill
Truro Cape Cod, MA

AUGUST 22 - 26
Week long workshop in Gloucester, MA
Plein Air Landscape Painting
all details about the studio and workshop
at the Cullowee Mountain Art Website:


October 7--9
Three Day Workshop
Small Format Outdoor Landscape Painting II
Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill
Truro, Cape Cod, MA
details at:

Monday, February 29, 2016

New work: nature a point of departure

kathleen jacobs

new work: nature a point of departure

March 3 - 27
Opening reception March 11, 5-8pm
Arts Night Out

Oxbow Gallery273 Pleasant StreetNorthampton, MA  

The Gallery hours are Thursday - Sunday from 12-5 pm, and from 5-8 on Arts Night Out.  

Monday, February 15, 2016

Nature as a Point of Departure

Our altered environment due to climate change is a reality we all must confront. My paintings relate to my culture antithetically, for example, they portray serenity rather than anxiety. My artistic response to these times is to connect with the outside natural world by painting the landscape as a way to grapple with dire realities of today and reflect my belief in nature’s abiding beauty, grace and order. I embrace the knowledge that nothing in nature—or in life—remains fixed. What I see when I look to the landscape is order within the randomness. I use nature as a point of departure for my work—as a means for conveying my own idea of order—I begin by painting the landscape from life, looking to nature as my ultimate source of authenticity.  In formal matters of painting, Italian artist Georgio Morandi would come to influence me largely because of his emphasis on close tonal colors and compositional structure within his work. Morandi’s Landscapes are almost void of anything “natural,” and rather manifests the rational and intellectual process he went through in order to decipher his subject, which is the structure of the natural landscape. I see a combination of randomness and pattern in the landscape, and within my paintings, I seek to portray both. My intent is to carefully divide space, and to often establish simple shapes of flattened mass. Deep space is not always my concern, but space within the flat picture plane is, with the positive shapes filled in with closely related tones of color to portray serenity and structure. I often combine abstracted form with the natural pattern, sequence and order that I see. I am deeply engaged by the specifics of what I chose to paint, but not driven by the desire to replicate the appearances of actuality. I strive to always to reveal the orderly, logical formal relationships that can be extracted from the randomness of mere appearance—an aspiration that links me to C├ęzanne and Chardin as much as the Cubists.           Because of the respect and concern I feel for the natural environment, I want my paintings to give proper bearing to their subject matter, nature. This is fitting, as nature is eternally relevant to all human beings now and to future generations.

Friday, January 22, 2016