2020 Classes & Workshops

“Painting tunes the senses and the soul.” – Lyn Boyer


NO FEAR OIL PAINTING – An Introduction: July 18, 2020 | Wild Rivers Plein Air, Taos, NM – TBD – EMAIL LYN TO REGISTER

IT’S ALIVE! – Incorporating figures and animals into the landscape: Tentative dates – July 19-20, 2020 | Sorrel Sky Gallery, Santa Fe, NM – 425.00 EMAIL LYN TO REGISTER

THE JOY OF OBSERVATION! Sedona Plein Air Festival Keynote Speaker Workshop! October 27-30, 2020 | Sedona Arts Center, Sedona AZ – 600.00 – REGISTER

Join Lyn Boyer, Keynote speaker and judge for the 16th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival for this exciting workshop in Sedona. The workshop takes place during the Sedona Plein Air Festival, Oct 27 – 30, 2020. (The overall Festival dates are Oct 24 – 31, 2020.) Lyn’s keynote is scheduled Oct 28th at 7 p.m. The Festival Awards Reception is on the last evening of the workshop Friday Oct 30, 2020, from 5 – 8 pm. The Sedona Arts Center is celebrating the Year of the Woman in 2020 and the Festival is one of the featured events. The 2020 Festival is a first-of-its-kind all woman festival! Note: Men are welcome to take workshops!


No Fear Oil Painting! – with Lyn Boyer

Learn 3 keys in 3 days to unlocking expression and begin painting without fear!

Day 1: Discover the beauty in your brushes by choosing your tools and controlling them masterfully, bringing new energy to your paintings through creative brush handling.

Day 2: See color and paint color by unraveling the world of color and light, properties of pigments and pigment choices, while using both a limited and expanded palette. Foolproof color mixing and the nuances of grays will also be covered.

Day 3: Master edges as the final touch by understanding the painting surface and paint application necessary for a higher skill level of edge control. Identify the how, when and where of edges, using them artfully to bring that final sense of freedom and nuance to your paintings.

Intermediate to advanced

Workshop Supply List – click here

April 17-19, 2020 |Sorrel Sky Gallery, Santa Fe, NM – 550.00 – REGISTER

May 7-9, 2020 | Gail Denton Studio, Longmont, CO – 475.00 EMAIL LYN TO REGISTER

It’s Alive!! – Incorporating figures and animals into the landscape. – with Lyn Boyer

Most likely we’ve all run across a terrific landscape with a not so terrific animal plopped into it spoiling the effect or maybe a quite lovely figure that looks like it’s been cut out and pasted onto a landscape – again spoiling the effect! Or, a street scene where the people in the distance look a bit either like Godzilla or they were put in the dryer on high! One of the most important things that contributes to the success of a painting is ‘Unity’ or what I call ‘ring of truth’. In the workshop ‘It’s Alive’ we’ll learn how to identify and avoid potential problems and also how to incorporate figures and animals into our paintings convincingly.

In this workshop we’ll study:

  • The ‘when and why’ of incorporating figures and animals in your paintings
  • How to add people and animals to plein air scenes even though it’s pretty likely they’re going to leave before you’ve finished!
  • How to capture the gesture of living things when painting from direct observation!
  • How to decide whether they will be the ‘star’ or be a supporting actor in your painting.
  • How to calculate the correct sizes for figures as they recede so your painting stays cohesive.
  • How to paint crowds and figures in street scenes.
  • How to understand light sources so your scene has unity and is convincing.

Workshop Supply List – click here

Feb 21-23, 2020 | Sorrel Sky Gallery, Durango, CO – 475.00 – REGISTER

Plein Air – The Joy of Observation! Developing your personal path: the problem, the practice and the performance. – with Lyn Boyer

Each group and each student is unique! My goal is to offer a roadmap that will continue to guide your creative journey long after the workshop is over. To bring more clarity to your work. To learn to paint with intent. To continue the journey from ‘painting’ to becoming a ‘painter’. And most importantly – how to develop the mindset of ‘practice’ that leads to successful ‘performance’.

Day 1: I will be doing a demo start to finish, explaining my thought process for each step, aiding you in developing a personal methodology. During the demo we’ll touch on a variety of subjects – drawing, design, value, color, harmonizing your painting, materials and brush and paint handling. We will discuss how to approach your creative process – concept, scene selection and preparation. You will learn the steps that prepare the groundwork for a successful painting.

Day 2: Permission to slow down and find the joy! You will have time to work through each of the preparatory steps for creating a painting ‘en plein air’. I’ll be teaching a method not a style. Whether you’re new to plein air or an experienced professional having a structure that allows you to check your progress at each stage before moving on to the next will bring more consistency to your efforts. You’ll avoid a problem, unresolved from an early stage in the process, spoiling what otherwise may have been an inspired painting. Start strong! End Strong!

Day 3: The day will be devoted entirely to using the preparatory work from days one and two to bring your paintings to completion. Each student will receive individual instruction. The day will be devoted to putting into practice the concepts we’ve covered and allow you to focus on that on the thing that is going to put wind under your wings!

Bring your questions, your curiosity and some thoughts about what you’ve been most wanting to improve!

Plein Air Workshop Supply List – click here

October 27-29, 2020 | Sedona Arts Center, Sedona AZ – 475.00 – EMAIL LYN TO BE ADDED TO PRE-REGISTRATION LIST


Email the studio to inquire

Group Workshops:
One day workshop (8-15 students): $275 per student
Two day workshop (8-15 students): $375 per student
Three day workshop (8-15 students): $475 per student

Small Group Workshops:
Half day four hour session (3-7 students): $175 per student
One day workshop (3-7 students): $350 per student
Two day workshop (3-7 students): $450 per student
Three day workshop (3-7 students): $550 per student

Buddy Workshops:
Half day four hour session (2 students): $275 per student
One day workshop (2 students): $425 per student
Two day workshop (2 students): $525 per student
Three day workshop (2 students): $625 per student

Private Workshops:
Half day four hour session: $375
One day workshop: $675
Two day workshop: $1150
Three day workshop: $1625

3 hour in Studio Critique Sessions:
An opportunity to bring in paintings for some intensive one on one direction to help get you over a hurdle or get general feedback and ideas on how to improve a piece.

Private: $225
Buddy Session: $150 per student
Small Group (3-5 students): $125 per student


Schedule for plein air workshops: rain or shine
9-12 – lecture and demo
12-1: sack lunch and informal discussion
1-5 painting on location plein air. I will not be painting during the afternoon so I can spend the time giving feedback and individual help.
(optional afternoon schedule 2-7 if we want to do some evening painting)
The workshops will be tailored specifically to help you toward your individual goals or the goals of your group.  You may choose to select topics from the ‘one day intensives’ for your 2 and 3 day workshops or choose additional topics that interest you.

Schedule for studio workshops:
9-12 – lecture and demo
12-1: lunch break
1-5: guided exercises working on specific core skills.
The workshops will be tailored to help each individual find a path forward to take their painting to the next level.

TOPICS: If you or your group want to use your time to do a focused study session on a specific topic I’m happy to tailor your workshop to get to the heart of what you’re after. Below are some of the ‘intensives’ available.  If you have a special request not on the list let me know.

A GOOD START MEANS A GOOD FINISH: The specific steps to creating a good block-in and and then taking your painting to finish.


“Lyn is an exceptional art instructor. She was quick to identify the help I needed to enhance the skills needed to meet my painting goals. She inspired me in ways I never thought possible and my paintings are beyond what I thought I was capable of. “ – M. Brown, California

“I took a multi-day Plein Air workshop with Lyn Boyer in October 2018 in Moab, Utah. Lyn is highly organized and well spoken in her presentation of information to us as students. She shared a vast array and quantity of high quality knowledge with us. She was able to communicate the routine she uses for painting and then we practiced immediately afterwards. We had a huge amount of practice time with her circulating to each one of us students in a fair and equitable manner. We worked on practical matters of creating a plein air painting as well as more esoteric matters such as why we paint and what we are trying to say in our painting. It was extremely beneficial for me as it helped me organize my approach to my painting. I felt confident I had the tools to create during the beginning, middle and end of my plein air session. Lyn also shared some tips with the class which were interspersed during class painting time. We went outside and did plein air painting every day and learned how to deal with good and bad weather conditions. She is also very personable and has an infectious positive attitude she shares with all of us who interacted with her. I recommend any painting class or workshop with Lyn!” – C. Keshet, Colorado

“I had the opportunity to take a half day private instructional lesson followed by a three day hands on plein air group workshop from Lyn last fall. I was truly pleased with the painting knowledge and skill Lyn demonstrated and generously shared with me individually and with the group. Her class format was educationally sound, guided exercises well planned and definite personal attention provided. My time was well spent.” – D.Laing, Nevada

“Lyn Boyer’s oil painting workshop was outstanding. I learned more in her 3 day class than in the many other workshops that I have taken. She made clear how to make decisions, especially those about format and design. She taught a sequence of logical steps for “no fear” oil painting. She asked students to identify their main challenge that she then specifically addressed as she helped each student individually. All students received equal individual attention because she used a timer as she went from easel to easel. I highly recommend this workshop for both accomplished and aspiring artists.

I have also taken private oil painting lessons from Lyn Boyer and each session has been outstanding. Each session began with self-identification of challenges, which she then addressed thoroughly. Instruction was practical, logical and clear. I learned how to make better decisions about format, design, shapes, values, light, mood, color, track of vision, visual weight, paint application and even equipment. Her critiques of my paintings were honest, not dismissive nor falsely positive. I highly recommend both her private lessons and critique sessions for accomplished and aspiring artists.” – V. Coe, Colorado

Workshop Cancellation Policy/Participation Waiver

Registration for a workshop with Lyn Boyer Studio includes acceptance of the Workshop Cancellation Policy and Waiver. Note: If you register for one of the workshops sponsored by an art center or event please check with them for their cancellation policy.

Refunds & Transfers
Deposits and balances due for classes, workshops and demonstrations are non-refundable and non-transferable. Emergencies happen. If you’re unable to attend a workshop that you have paid-in-full, and you cancel with more than forty-five (45) days notice before a scheduled workshop, you may request to credit or transfer 50% of total workshop fee to another class or workshop within 12 months of request. If you cancel within forty-five (45) days of a scheduled workshop, no refunds can be given.

Course Changes or Cancellations
Lyn Boyer Studio reserves the right to cancel, limit size, change or change the time for any workshop. If a workshop is cancelled, students may choose to receive a full refund or may transfer – with no fee – to another class or workshop.

Participation Waiver
Registrant acknowledges that registration and participation is voluntary, and that by registering for this workshop/class that he/she is solely responsible for any loss, damage or injury, including death, that may be sustained on the premises or any location where any workshop/class is being conducted.

Publicity Waiver
Unless informed otherwise, Lyn Boyer Studio will consider photographs taken of students and of their artwork to be permissible for publication in promotional materials, including the web.

By registering for a workshop or class you agree to the Workshop Cancellation Policy and Participation Waivers.

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