Alla   Prima  Plein A ir

David & Pam Lussier

Date: October 16-20, 2022

Title: Alla Prima Plein Air

Medium: Oil Paint

Level: All

Location: Studio

  Status: OPEN

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@Pamela Lussier

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@Pamela Lussier

Website: davidlussiergallery

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Reserve your Spot with David and Pam Lussier

Rates & Enrollment

Deposit is $450, Balance due 30 days before arrival

Day Student Tuition: $895 +  Materials fee

 5-Day Package*: $1,950 - 2,250* + 11% Tax

* Your 5-Day Workshop Package includes:

Workshop tuition, 4 nights of dinner, lodging, breakfast, daily snack breaks, unlimited coffee, tea & seltzer plus welcoming  reception with light appetizers.

You can choose a room to yourself (single occupancy) or double your fun, bring a friend and split a room (double occupancy).

To Learn more about your options ....


Pamela Lussier is best described as a painterly realist. A 1978 graduate of the Art Institute of Boston, she has been active for more than 20 years, in the national plein air scene teaching workshops and participating in national paint outs including Easels of Frederick, Frederick, MD, Wayne Plein Air Festival, Wayne, PA, & Fingerlakes Plein Air, Canadaigua. Her most recent awards are a First Place Award, Quick Draw competition in Quechee Vermont and 2nd place at the New Hampshire Art Association Annual Plein Air Event.

"In my work I wish to give to my viewer a feeling of calmness and healing in these turbulent times. I also wish to design into these paintings a strong abstract pattern base to provide the feeling of inner strength, so the viewer will sense a strong overall force holding this world together. With the use of color, brushwork and edges, I also strive to show the uniqueness of place in my natural subject pieces as well as a certain quality in my narrative paintings that gives the viewer a sense that every individual life matters."

In December of 2007, Pam was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a blood cancer, which resulted in the loss of her kidney function. Though her cancer remained in total remission after treatment, she had to receive dialysis treatment for six years. Pam continued to paint and teach. Her positive work ethic and attitude made her an inspiration to all those around her. Family, friends and students have all been touched by Pam's ability to press on with a sense of normality, often putting their needs above her own. She received a new donor kidney in 2013 and is thriving with this new chance at life. 

Pam currently paints full time, teaches painting workshops with her husband David Lussier and helps manage the Todd Bonita Gallery in Perkins Cove, Ogunquit Maine during the summer season.

David Lussier has been immersed in the Plein Air scene since 2001. His first ever introduction to plein air events was at the prestigious Laguna Beach Invitational in 2004, 2005 & 2006, held at the Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach CA. Every year since then, he has competed in a variety of top plein air invitational and juried events, winning awards in almost every venue, including numerous Best of Show and First Place awards. His most recent awards include Second Place at the Wayne Plein Air Festival, Second Place at Plein Air Richmond and the award for Best Working Harbor at Cape Ann Plein Air.

David Lussier is known for his sophisticated color sense, poetic brushwork and his ability to convey emotion in a painting. His 'Less Is More' approach to painting has garnered him numerous accolades throughout his long career in plein air painting. He has competed extensively throughout the United States in both juried and invitational plein air competitions and has been juror for numerous events. In 2019, David will be a juror of selection for the Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition held in Canandaigua NY in June, and the overall juror of selection and awards at Paint Ocean City MD. He is an extremely knowledgeable instructor, who can reach students at their own individual level. David's workshops are filled with demos and plenty of hands on instruction. He never asks his students to do anything that he has not demonstrated or explained first in the workshop. Composition, values, color, brushwork and edge control are all a part of his step-by-step approach. In order to ensure plenty of individual instruction at the easel, all workshops are limited to a maximum of 15 students. When she is not involved with her own painting commissions and projects, David is assisted by his wife Pam. Pam is an award winning plein air painter, talented and knowledgeable, who brings a second pair of eyes and skills to assist the workshop student.

Together they make up an exciting and amusing team and are known as the original "Plein Air Pair.


David Lussier is an award-winning contemporary impressionist and nationally recognized plein air painter and workshop instructor. He is a painter in the purist sense of the word. In his poetic and intimate oil landscapes he strives to capture the essence and sense of place of his subject matter. His use of bold broad brushwork brings the surfaces to life and begs the viewer to return for a second look. David was trained in classical realism at Paier College of Art in Hamden CT. He started his career as a commercially trained illustrator, but quickly realized that his passion was in the fine arts. It was when he started painting the landscape plein air that he realized that he had found his true calling. He has been painting professionally for more than twenty five years, has garnered more than 75 prizes for his work and is in numerous private and corporate collections throughout the United States. His work has been featured more than 6 times in professional art publications, and he has held professional memberships in some of the finest art associations and groups in the country. David is also an official U.S. Open artist for the United States Golf Association. Four of his paintings hang in the permanent collection of the USGA Museum in Far Hills New Jersey.


Learn invaluable tools for tackling Alla Prima painting with confidence. The term Alla Prima means 'At One Go'. In his remarkable treatise 'In Praise of Painterly Painters', the late artist, author and teacher, Charles Movalli wrote; painterly painters are surrounded by seeming contradictions. They finish by not finishing, include by leaving out, paint more by painting less. Their means are easy to see, the results, immediately felt. But how such seemingly insufficient means lead to these results is a mystery. 

In this five-day plein air workshop, we will explore this method of Alla Prima painting. Economy of stroke is within every painters grasp if they are willing to approach the painting process with a 'Less Is More' mind set. Our goal with each painting will be to see our subject as shapes of color and value and not as individual objects. When viewed in this way, we can look at our subject with a painters eye, react quickly and make confident marks on the canvas that are uniquely an expression of our individual selves.


There will be a daily demonstration with discussions on composition, design, edges, value and color. A thorough understanding of these concepts is key to giving our paintings the feeling of light and atmosphere. Beginners to experienced artist are welcome.



We use Rembrandt Oil paint except where noted. 

Rembrandt Titanium White in Linseed Oil, 150 ml tube
Winsor & Newton Griffin Alkyd Titanium White, 200 ml tube
Winsor & Newton Liquin Impasto, 200 ml tube
Rembrandt Permanent Madder Deep
Rembrandt Permanent Red Light
Rembrandt Cadmium Yellow Light
Rembrandt Viridian Green
Rembrandt Ultramarine Blue Deep
Optional colors: Rembrandt Cad Red Deep, Rembrandt Venetian Red and Rembrandt Burnt Umber

Robert Simmons Signet Series 42 Filberts in even sizes 2, 4, 6 & 8
Robert Simmons Signet Series 40 Brights, Sizes 4 & 6
Robert Simmons Sienna SNSO Script, Size 6 or any script or rigger type brush.
Robert Simmons Titanium Filberts, Sizes 2, 4, 6 & 8

Or Rosemary Brushes. Pam uses the Eclipse series

Palette Knife-Creative Mark Painters Edge, Style 3T or any 2 1/2 inch palette knife for mixing paint.
Paper Towels-Bounty
Gamsol or other Odorless Mineral Spirits OMS. No pure turpentine. Turpenoid is another option.
Painting Medium - Made with 2 parts Gamsol to 1 part each of Stand Oil & Damar Varnish. 
Brush Washer
Medium Cup
Trash Bags
Canvas - 9x12 and 11x14 inch panels are good travel sizes. 
Alkyd Primed 359 or L600 Linen from Wind River Arts is recommended or Judson’s Plein air Guerilla painter extra fine linen panels. Richardson linen panels.
Outdoor Easel


Insect Repellant
Sun Block
Painting Umbrella

Alla Prima Pochade Boxes
Cheap Joes Art Stuff


Sample   Agenda **


for Artists Rising Creativity Retreat:

5 Days and 4 Nights

Arrival day, check in at 3pm
5pm: meet your fellow students reception with light dinner


Optional yoga, walking, biking in the morning
Workshop from 9-4 (breakfast & lunch included)

Art Studio available 24/7

Optional yoga, walking, biking  in the morning
Workshop from 9-4 (breakfast & lunch included)

Art Studio available 24/7


Optional yoga, walking, biking in the morning
Workshop from 9 - noon (breakfast included)

Excursion to one of the 169 small towns in Connecticut for touring and lunch and a visit to one of the gardens designed by historic landscape designer, Beatrix Farrand, among the first women to practice landscape architecture in the United States. “A garden, large or small, must be treated in the Impressionist manner,” she once wrote. “Plants are to the gardener what her palette is to the painter.”
Farewell Dinner together in Glastonbury 

Art Studio available 24/7

Optional yoga, walking, biking in the morning
Studio work in the morning, sketching and watercolor on location (breakfast & light lunch included)

Checkout by 1PM


Lots of food, fun, comradery, relaxation, re-winding, Art Studio available 24/7

You can also add an extra day before or after the retreat dates (upon availability)

Other: A complete schedule will be posted as your retreat date nears!

This will be posted in the private Facebook Group which you will be invited to join once you register.

Weather Permitting throughout the week... biking, kayaking or paddle boarding or river excursion, leaf peeping in the Autumn


You will receive an email confirmation and, as time gets closer, more email full of info and goodies.

Here is the payment schedule:

$450 deposit is due at the time of registration. 

Remaining balance is due 30 days before your retreat start date

Pay in Full at time of registration and save $100

Please read our full cancellation policy HERE

** Please note that the Sample Agenda is a sample, meaning exact dates, times or activities can be changed based on weather, scheduling or desires of the group and size of the group.