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Summer Plein Aire Workshop

June 12 - June 14


Award-winning artist and teacher Theodora T. Tilton will offer a workshop that explores the natural world through painting in the Shenandoah Mountains. Choosing oil or watercolor, students of all levels will paint “en plein aire” (painting outdoors) in the beautiful mountains surrounding his­toric Shrine Mont in Orkney Springs, Virginia. Students will start with the basics and work through the process of creating a painting with each day taking you to a new location.

We begin with an introduction to the workshop and to each other with a review of painting mater­ials and general techniques. Each day we focus on a different aspect of nature: reflections in water, skies, distance, or gardens. We travel to areas around Shrine Mont either on foot or by car. With each local, we discuss different approaches to different subject matter. Sharing with each other is encouraged and the workshop is designed to inspire.

Tilton has taught art and design for Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia and for the Fairfax County Park Authority as well as private students for over twenty years. She received her MFA degree from Syracuse University School of Visual and Performing Arts, and a BFA from the Hartford Art School at Hartford University. Her paintings have been shown in more than one hundred and fifty juried and individual shows across the country. She is a signature member of the Virginia Watercolor Society, the Alabama Watercolor Society, the Baltimore Watercolor Society, the Georgia Watercolor Society, the Missouri Watercolor Society, the Montana Watercolor Society, the San Diego Watercolor Society, the Southern Watercolor Society and Watercolor West. Her work has been accepted in the National Watercolor  Society’s Annual Show. She is the winner of the Merchandise Award from the Oklahoma Watercolor Society as well as the winner of the Da Vinci Paint Award, Georgia Watercolor Society, among others.

Tilton’s work also has been featured in the Metro Weekly Washington Magazine with an artical
titled “Of Beasts and Brushes” and in “American Artist” Watercolor magazine, with an article titled, “Artistic Perceptions”. Her work was selected for inclusion in The Best of Watercolor, published by Rockport Publishers Inc. and the Encyclopedia of Living Artists, 11th Edition, ArtNetwork.

Accomodations are provided by Shrine Mont. Please go to

Painting Creation


June 12
June 14
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Shrine Mont
217 Shrine Mont Cir
Orkney Springs, VA