The Roaring Twenties Impressionist Workshop

Corel Painter & Wacom Tablet, Mac/PC

September 10 – 15, 2022

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Ten minute video showing the Gatsby Summer Afternoon, September 2007. This will give you a little taste of what to expect….

Gatsby Stroll, 2015, MacBook Pro + Corel Painter 2016 + Wacom Intuos Pro M

A Digital Painting Mixed Media Art Class Like None Other!

Become a Roaring Twenties Impressionist! This in-person hands-on workshop celebrates the return to in-person events and the start of the 21st century Roaring Twenties! We start off with a memorable “photo-safari” and Impressionist experience at the Gatsby Summer Afternoon, a magnificent 1920s themed public event organized annually by the Art Deco Society of Northern California that takes place at the Dunsmuir-Hellman Historic Estate in Oakland, California. At the Gatsby Summer Afternoon everywhere you turn looks like an impressionist painting. It is reminiscent of a Downton Abbey garden party! Besides the joy of capturing incredible images, you will also be able to enjoy picnic luncheon, dancing to the Don Neeley’s Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, seeing the Deco Belles dance troupe perform and viewing vintage automobiles. You will study and learn impressionist style painting strategy, workflow and techniques, and how to apply them while working from photographic reference within the latest version of Corel Painter as well as when applying acrylic gel and paint onto a print on canvas of one of your paintings. You will also enjoy a day of plein air painting on the iPad using Procreate at beautiful San Francisco locations such as the Palace of Fine Arts and the Presidio. The class size is limited to six students, small enough to ensure that every student receives personal one-on-one attention and assistance throughout the workshop. For the comfort and safety of all attendees it is required that everyone attending has been fully vaccinated against COVID. Appropriate protocols will be followed as per CDC and state recommendations at the time of the workshop.

Summer Afternoon created by Jeremy Sutton using Corel Painter

With almost 900 people, all dressed to the nines in 1920s style, plus many magnificent vintage cars in pristine condition, there are amazing beautiful vignettes every direction you look!

The Syllabus

  1. Saturday, Noon – 6pm: SETTING THE MOOD
    The Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, the Palace of Fine Arts. Twenties Charleston dance lesson with Angie Major.

  2. Sunday, 1pm – 6pm: INSPIRATION
    Gatsby Summer Afternoon, Oakland

    Attend and immerse yourself in the impressionist experience of the Gatsby Summer Afternoon. This afternoon is devoted to on-location photography at this once a year Art Deco event in the grounds of a historic home in Oakland.

  3. Monday, 10am – 5pm: FOUNDATION

    Introduction to the history, techniques and visual styles of the 19th century French Impressionist painters, such as Claude Monet and Auguste Renoir. See the Art World article on Impressionist Painting Methods.

    Set up, navigation and optimization. Understanding the color picker and different ways to pick color. Understanding brushes and brush customization, organization and control. Applying Grainy brushes. The joy of Thick Paint and Thick Paint Compatible brushes. Understanding layers in Painter.

    Learn how to apply the same techniques and principles of the French Impressionists within an impressionist digital photo-painting workflow using the latest version of Corel Painter and using source photos from the weekend. We will focus on artistic impressionist workflow, systems, techniques and strategies.

  4. Tuesday, 10am – 5pm: PROJECT WORK
    This day is dedicated to all day photo-painting and art creation based on photos taken at the Gatsby Summer Afternoon.
    Tuesday evening: class dinner with a view of the Bay Lights!

  5. Wednesday, 10am – 4pm: ACRYLIC PAINTING ON CANVAS PRINT
    Experience adding physical media to digital prints to create one-of-a-kind unique mixed-media artworks with added vitality and impact. Learn palette knife and brush techniques for gelling, painting, glazing and scumbling with acrylic media on canvas prints. Learn color mixing strategies and techniques. End up with a magnificent artwork to take home with you!


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The registration fee for this workshop is $1,927. It includes: all instruction, class notes, entrance to the Gatsby Summer Afternoon, a seat at a table with sun shade for the event, Gatsby Summer Afternoon luncheon, refreshments during studio hours, a class dinner, a pigment print on canvas (approximately 16×20) of an image made during the workshop, post-print paint media and tools. Students may bring with an extra guest to the Gatsby Summer Afternoon and the class dinner for an additional $150. The registration fee is non-refundable. In the unlikely event that the Gatsby Summer Afternoon is postponed to the following year, then the workshop fee will automatically be applied to that year instead. Travel, accommodation and meals, except the Gatsby luncheon and the class dinner, are at the students own cost.

The historic Dunsmuir house serves as a majestic backdrop to many scenes – wonderful to observe and capture as the light changes during the afternoon

Who this Workshop is For

This is an all-levels workshop aimed at anyone who wishes to learn an impressionist approach to digital and mixed media painting based on photos you capture at the Gatsby Summer Afternoon. If you are not already familiar with using Corel Painter then please join PaintboxTV and follow some of my Painter tutorials first so you can get the most out of the workshop.

Preparation and Requirements

  • COVID Vaccination Required
    All attendees must be fully vaccinated against COVID at least two weeks before the beginning of the workshop.

  • Equipment
    You’ll need to bring your own computer, Mac or PC, with plenty of free hard drive space and lots of RAM, the latest version of Corel Painter, a Wacom tablet and the latest Wacom driver installed on your computer.

    Click here to purchase, or upgrade to, Corel Painter 2021 (including any special offers available).
    For complete disclosure, purchasing the full or upgrade of Painter 2021 through this link may result in me earning a small commission, but will not effect your price and all current special offers still apply.

  • Camera
    Please bring a digital camera, with extra memory cards and batteries. A mobile phone camera is perfectly acceptable, though the organizers of the Gatsby Summer Afternoon prefer not to see too many modern smart devices on display. Please ensure all batteries are fully charged before the Gatsby Summer Afternoon. There are no electrical outlets! Make sure you have plenty of CF card space—plan on taking a lot of photos!!

  • Gatsby Afternoon Style Clothing
    For the Gatsby Summer Afternoon the dress code is “afternoon attire” in the style of the 1920s/30s, or some approximation to it. You can wear light colored modern clothing with a vintage style to it. You can see from the photos on this page examples of the clothing students have worn for the event in the past. It can be very sunny at this event so bring sun cream, wide brimmed hats and sun parasols as needed. The Art Deco Society of California has guides for how to dress for the Gatsby Summer Afternoon  for ladies and for gentlemen.

Other Inspirational Places to Visit for Visitors to San Francisco

If you are visiting San Francisco I recommend making time prior to the workshop to visit the following locations:

  1. Legion of Honor Museum Enjoy the beautiful colorful Impressionists collection. The museum also has a great cafe for lunch.

  2. The de Young Museum

  3. The Presidio National Park

And of course the dancing to the live jazz sounds of the Don Neeley’s Royal Society Orchestra

“This workshop was fun and fabulous! It exceeded all of my expectations. Jeremy is fantastically talented as well as very supportive. He has a gift for teaching, covering things very thoroughly and methodically without skipping steps, and with incredible enthusiasm and energy. He was able to convey a foundation of art and digital painting. I loved everything about this course…Jeremy, his lovely partner Peggy, the ambience of his studio, their energy, the music and, of course…painting.”
Gail D., Great Gatsby Impressionist Workshop 2014 Alum

Gail applying acrylic paint with a palette knife

Gail and her painting Ice Cream Man

At the end of the workshop you will take home an impressionist style mixed media study on canvas and enough wonderful source photographic images to keep you busy painting for many years to come!

Peggy’s table setting

The spread!

Peggy and roses


Click here for directions to Sutton Studios & Gallery, San Francisco


Henk working on a waterlily painting inspired by the Japanese Tea Garden.

Warming up with still life painting…

Kimber and Gail gelling their digital prints

Jeremy explaining during the post-print painting portion of the workshop…

Arthur applying palette knife painting techniques

Details from Ginny’s painting

Dressed to the nines!

The table setting.

Dancing to the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra…

In addition to your instruction by Jeremy Sutton, you will also enjoy the input of Peggy Gyulai, professional oil painter trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts who has been Painter in Residence with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and at the de Young Museum.

Laurie, Jeremy and Rick in front of Jeremy’s portrait of Laurie and Rick.

Gatsby Impressionists 2015 holding their paintings

Kimber and her painting Checking Her Dance Card. Kimber, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, describes the workshop experience as “so inspiring and fabulous!”

At the Legion of Honor

Group pose

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