Cityscape expressive plein air painting workshop in
Old Town Alexandria, VA with artist Nataliya Gurshman

April 6–7, 2024
April 13-14, 2024

space limited to 6 students for each weekend

Cancellations have to be made 24 hours prior of the start of the session & will be given full credit for any future classes

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Take your painting skills to the next level in this 2-day oil painting plein air workshop in captivating Old Town Alexandria, VA. I have been teaching students of all ages and levels for the past 20 years and will inspire, encourage and challenge you to expand your artistic horizons. Join me in discovering and sharing new techniques and my painting secrets while enjoying the painting process. All levels are welcomed, ages 13 to adults.

This workshop will focus on capturing the essence of The Old Town with oils or acrylics and discovering its hidden treasures.

Concepts of composition, tonal value, edges, focal point as well as properties of colors and fundamentals of design will be covered. I will start each day with a 30 minute demo.

I limit the workshop to 6 students because I thrive to give everyone individual attention.

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Supply List and Schedule

Students do not need to get exact brands of materials. The links provided are just for reference.

Oil Paints/Acrylics

Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Lemon, Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarin, Cobalt, Ivory Black

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Linceed oil (for oil paints only) 8oz jar


Masonite boards (at least 2) 8"x10" minimum size. Can be thin not cradled.


French portable/travel easel or other travel easles. Keep in mind please, that with this easle you will either have to hold your palette or need additional stool/table to put the palette on. I can provide easles if you do not have your own.


Long handled bristle bright flat brushes (approx. sizes #6, #8, #12) and a metal palette knife 3"– 4" trowel

Additional Materials

Cotton cloths (2-3) to paint and wipe brushes with, paper towel, metal/glass cup/jar for linceed oil, trash bag to dispose your leftover paints, etc., paper palette (size 9"x12"), portable stool if desired, hat, water, lunch, etc.



10am–2pm (10:00am–11:00am my Demo)

Focus will be on more traditional underpainting approach with monochromatic layer and then venturing into color.


10am–2pm (10am–11:00am my Demo)

Students will be introduced to an alla prima palette knife technique.

Students' travel, lunch and materials' expenses are not included into the workshop price. Payment is none refundable unless the cancellation was made within 24 hours prior to the start of the workshop. The workshop will happen rain or shine (please dress accordingly). Your registration with the full payment guarantees a spot in the workshop.

Feel free to contact me in case of any questions. I am thrilled to work with you all.
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© 2024-25 All artworks are copyrighted by artist–Nataliya Gurshman and may not be reproduced in any way without artist's permission.