Workshop Dates : 03/07/2020 – 12/07/2020
Workshop Leader : Nina Weiss
Nina The Artist
The scope of Nina’s endeavors in the field of art is broad indeed but it is, of course, based in her own
creativity and purpose as an artist herself.Passionate, dramatic, and vivid are just some of the words used
to describe her landscapes. The works have a very strong presence, whether due to dramatic shadows,
strong compositions, or vibrant colors. These are landscapes that draw the viewer into a heightened vision
of color and gesture. They depict nature; but more intense; more lush, more dramatic. They go beyond
traditional ideas of a green landscape. She teases out the complex colors of the landscape using layers of
color, line, and form to build these vibrant paintings and drawings. The works are each a powerful moment
from travels in the everyday landscapes of our world.
Nina’s own studio is just as you might romantically picture an artist’s studio to be – alive with canvases and
colors of the worlds she has interpreted.Nina is particularly talented when it comes to commissioned work.
She will work with you to create an individualized piece of art to your specifications and interior design
Nina Weiss is a nationally recognized artist who has been painting and drawing the landscape for over 25
years. She is the Founder of Art Endeavors, a Highland Park -based art education organization dedicated to
teaching and helping others to maximize their abilities in and enjoyment of art. She has been written about
in the Chicago Tribune, The Daily Herald and North Shore Magazine. Artist’s Residencies include the
Ragdale Foundation, Artist in Residence at Acadia National Park, and the Vermont Studio Center. Her
current teaching appointments include Columbia College Chicago, the Evanston Art Center, the NorthShore
Art League; and the Chicago Botanic Gardens. Nina teaches workshops throughout the Midwest, and
travels to Europe every summer to conduct her European Landscape Painting & Drawing Workshops. She
exhibits widely in solo and group shows throughout the Midwest. Nina’s own work can be seen
at www.ninaweiss.com. In her life away from art, Nina relishes her time with family
My study and love of art has been a life-long passion. I grew up outside New York City and was lucky to be
able to take advantage of Manhattan’s cultural offerings. Some of my earliest memories are from this
time; pausing on the ramp at the Guggenheim Museum; pondering an abstract painting in a gallery on
Madison Ave, and playing with the transparencies in an early color wheel. My parents encouraged my
artistic exploration by providing me with plenty of art supplies; including rolls of thin white paper from
the examining tables in my fathers’ medical center. We drew murals on the floor with crayons. Later, I
spent afternoons after high school drawing happily at my desk; copying master works and illustrations.
Eventually I turned my attention to creating huge copies in oil of my favorite rock albums.
I signed up for my first painting lesson at age eleven at the Roslyn School of Painting on Long Island, and at
age thirteen began taking the train into Manhattan every Saturday to study life drawing at the Art Student
League. I attended a pre-college summer session at the Rhode Island School of Design; and then skipped
my last year of high school to begin my freshman year at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia.
I have always had strong reactions to color; and drew inspiration from hours of study of the Expressionist
Movement. I have melded this love of emotive color with landscape as subject matter. When I moved
from the East Coast to the Midwest to attend Graduate School; the horizons of the Midwestern landscape
inspired me. I began biking with my camera; taking photos for use and reference in my studio. Travel is
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the twin passion accompanying my lust for landscape. Travel presents me with new landscapes and
Now; as artist, teacher and mother I am even more excited than ever to follow and pursue my artistic
path. Thanks for coming with me!
Join her this summer in France! 2020 is the 20th year Anniversary of Nina’s European Landscape
Workshop, and we are just thrilled to be returning to our lovely hosts at Perigord Retreats. Situated in the
peaceful countryside adjacent to a tiny hamlet; Perigord Retreats offers us so much….beautiful landscapes,
cozy accommodations, a fully equipped indoor studio available 24/7; lovingly crafted food of local
origin,indoor swimming pool, and excursions into the stunning landscapes and medieval towns of the
Dordogne and Lot regions. Your 10 days will be a beautiful blend of studio time, delightful excursions,
cultural experiences and of course, plenty of free time to rest and explore!
We will be taken out into the beautiful countryside to paint and visit some of the most scenic towns in
Southern France! We will spend days painting, picnicking and visiting the charming medieval towns along
the Dordogne River and throughout the valley. Other options include kayaking, bathing in the river; hiking;
taking a dip in the indoor pool; relaxing in a hammock on the grounds; shopping in the many markets and
shops, and, of course, painting the beautiful scenery surrounding Perigord Retreats directly outside your
Wake up in the peace and quiet of the French countryside! After a fresh and healthy breakfast; your day
may include a slide lecture on the History of Landscape Painting, Color in the Landscape, or other formal
aspects of landscape painting. We will combine work in the studio, lecture, demo, critique, and plein-air
work in the field to enhance your painting experience. Delicious on-site picnics and lunches in the fields
keep us well fed and inspired! The Workshop will begin with black and white compositional exercises, and
progress into full color usage as we explore the landscapes around us. Students can choose to work in
colored pencil; pastel, watercolor, gouache, oils, or acrylics. Instruction on technique for all mediums is
available. Students will learn how to capture their own personal visions from the landscape by studying
elements of composition. Emphasis on color, composition, mark-making and surface will help guide
students to successful landscape paintings and drawings.