Art Workshops and Classes by Kay Carlson

I have been teaching Painting classes for Tamalpias Community Education in Mill Valley since 1992. Instruction is held four semesters a year, five weeks at a time.

Luminous Landscape This plein air oil painting class combines painting on location, weather permitting, and indoor instruction using oil pastels. You will learn warm and cool color mixing, tonal values, and composition. Ongoing demonstrations and friendly critiques with handouts are included. Sign up at

Feather River Adult Art Camp I will be teaching landscape plein air oil painting for the 18th year at this wildly popular art experience in the Sierras from June 19 to the 26, 2016. Give yourself the gift of time for creating by the river. There are many classes to choose from. The fee pays for your meals, lodging, art classes, and camp activities, an art vacation. Feather River is an amazing deal; immerse yourself in nature and art making. Visit

OIL PAINTING from the Carlson Art Gallery in Sausalito: I teach private students, or small groups on location. Experience the splendor of plein air painting and seeing luminous color on the landscape. Light creates color, and the color notes create light. The artist’s challenge is to mix these notes on a palette to create a composition. You will learn how to capture light and atmosphere in expressing your own vision. Tailor learning to your own pace with a materials list. We will visit fantastic locations in the Bay Area. Shifting light is my passion; I am constantly studying to become a better painter. I believe that truthful observation, painting outdoors is the greatest teacher. I look to the lineage of Henry Hensche, the California Six, John Singer Sargeant, as well as the California and French Impressionist School.

The French Connection: From Impressionism to Bay Area Modernism

This class explores the rich lineage of European painting with life stories that formed the roots of Bay Area culture. Through informed narrative, colored slides, and lively discussion, we will analyze and follow the influence French art had on Diebenkorn, Park, Theibaud, and Bischoff. I taught The French Connection for the College of Marin and Sausalito Village, and am available teach it at other venues.

Presenting yourself as a Professional Carlson Consulting

I have been assisting emerging artists for 18 years. I offer consultations and workshops in the art of marketing and presenting your art as a professional. You will receive a skilled individual analysis of the steps to take in promoting your work.  Begin your professional practices with strategic planning:

·       Assembly of a resume, statement, and images in your portfolio and website

·       How and where to find Exhibition opportunities

·       Advice about competitions, consultants, and galleries

·       Coaching in hosting Open Studios and making direct sales

·       Understanding how to accomplish effective Publicity and Advertising.

Kay co-Founded MARIN OPEN STUDIOS in 1993 and handed the event to the Marin Art Council (MAC) in 1996. In 2011 MAC was in financial problems and dissolved. A revitalization committee formed, a new MOS emerged, and became a stand alone non-profit.

Carlson has been and is currently the executive director.

Kay has been a curator of exhibitions, Marin Art Council Board member, Sight Insight Art Center President, Artworks Downtown project director. Her work is represented in corporate and university collections throughout the country. She will visit your studio or home for a consultation.