Jill Carver Workshop – September 2019

Jill Carver Workshop

We are so pleased to have Jill Carver back in Sun Valley for another fabulous painting workshop this year!  Workshop dates are September 23-27, 2019


‘Focus on Design’

Outdoors Oil Landscape Painting Class

5 days outdoors, plus two evenings

Advanced beginner to advanced students

September 23 – September 27, 2019


Location: Sun Valley, Idaho

Class maximum: 15 students

Fee: $725


Workshop Information

Though we will be working outdoors in the beautiful environs of Sun Valley, Idaho, this workshop will introduce principles and ideas that are as important to studio work as they are to plein-air work. (Days will start with a short lecture inside followed by the rest of the day outside).


This class is about expanding the means by which we analyze a scene in order to create more thoughtful, and therefore more effective, paintings.


Though ideally suited for those students that have taken a workshop from Jill Carver before, this class is open to artists at the Advanced Beginner to Advanced level, who regularly work direct from nature, but are also practiced studio painters. It’s designed for committed artists who practice their craft regularly but want to take their work and their thought process to the next level.


Focusing on design specifically, we will:

  • Discuss the different notions of motif and focal point;
  • Discuss different underlying compositional structures, including the principles of thirds, golden mean and dynamic symmetry;
  • Discuss the placement of focal points and how best to manage the viewers’ eye movement;
  • Discuss design in terms of color use and management;
  • Deconstruct our composition into manageable components by focusing on Notan to establish an effective dark/light pattern;
  • Design using 4-5 big shapes; and
  • Manage and/or manipulate values into distinct groups to support the motif.


During the workshop there will be demos as well as group critiques and discussions. There will also be optional evening get-togethers for dinner, and two official evenings, including a reception at Wood River Fine Arts Gallery and a dinner and slide show at the studio.


Registration Instructions

Please email Sherri Carter at sunvalleyworkshops@gmail.comto make sure there is space available and obtain registration instructions.

Once space is confirmed by return email, a deposit of $400.00 is due to secure your space; the balance of $325.00 is due on or before July 8, 2019.


Please do not book your hotel or flights until you receive a confirmation that the class has been filled. You will also receive hotel, travel information, and a materials list at this time. Students must have their own transportation to and from the studio meeting space and the various painting locations.


Cancellation Policy

If you cancel prior to July 22, 2019, there is a $150 cancellation fee.

If you cancel on or after July 22, 2019, sorry there are no refunds.


Jill Carver Bio

In 2014, Jill won the Gold Medal (Artists’ Choice) for Best in Show at Maynard Dixon Country and in the same year was inaugurated as Signature Member in ‘Plein Air Painters of America’; she currently serves on the board.  Previously, she won numerous awards including: ‘Artists Choice’ at the Laguna Beach Invitational in 2009; at Telluride, also in 2009; and, at Plein Air Easton in 2008. She participated in the highly regarded Coors show in 2016 and 2017, and was invited as Guest Artist at Bighorn Rendezvous show in 2016 and 2018.  She is a popular and highly regarded teacher.


Sun Valley is spectacular in the fall and this workshop will be a wonderful experience for those who attend.  For more information about Jill, please click on the link below to visit her website.



I hope you will join us!


Sherri Carter

Workshop Coordinator