John Clayton
Light Color and the Elements of the Landscape

Sep 2 - Sep 7

4 Teaching Days


This will be a Studio/ Plein Air Class. Plein Air painting is enjoyable, however a little knowledge of materials and understanding a few principles of painting from life is essential. John will demonstrate each painting session with a short demo. This workshop will focus on learning to see color and making simple color choices that help identify large shapes. Learning about different light keys, and understanding value control is essential for creating expressive light filled paintings. We will primarily work with a painting knife; the knife is a great way to create clean color notes and changing color shapes makes for a loose painting. The class is a combination of outdoor painting and studio painting. We will go over our work in the studio each day. John will give personal attention and insightful direction to each artist. We will also have exercises to strengthen our skills.


John Clayton, searching for of his own artistic voice, left the grey walls of The Art Student’s League of New York. Clayton’s journey led him to the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown where he embraced the “Art of Seeing Color” as taught by the late Henry Hensche, and Charles W. Hawthorne. The Cape Cod School of Art was under the direction of renowned artist Lois Griffel, giving John the unique opportunity to apprentice with Lois Griffel, Hilda Neily, Robert Longley and Cedric Egeli. Clayton would paint outdoors as often as he could. Over many years Clayton matured into a devoted plein air painter. He now makes his living painting and teaching throughout Cape Cod in the summer and the streets of Key West in the winter. “Color is the vehicle I use to express my own sense of nature. I am inspired by nature and light; its ever-changing conditions are challenging to me.” His work is about the light key, and expressing it through paint. While attending The National Academy in New York, John was the recipient of the Arthur and Melville Philips Scholarship and the Mrs. Roberts Forbes Scholarship. He also received an honorable mention in the Academy’s annual student show. In 1999, Clayton was one of eight in the Provincetown Art Association’s “Emerging Artists Exhibition”. In 2006 he received a Mass Cultural Council grant. John Clayton has also studied with Harvey Dinnerstein, Marybeth McKenzie, and Cedric Egeli.


If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $520
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $530
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $550
If 7-6 students attend class (all teaching days): $580

Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $480
(There are 5 nights’ accommodations included in the “Room & One Dinner Fee” listed above.)


Monday, September 2
Check-In to your unit at Dillman’s (check-in time is 3:00)
5:00 Welcome Reception (included in package)
6:00 Dinner at Dillman’s (included in Room and Meal Package. $28 additional for day students.)

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – September 3 – 6
Breakfast On Own
9:00 a.m. – Noon Class in Session
Lunch On Own

Meals are on your own. All accommodations have cooking facilities. You may preorder box lunches and dinners for meals to be taken alone or with your group in: your studio, the lodge deck, cafe, or your accommodation. (Pre-ordering for lunches and dinners is required.)

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Class in Session

Friday, September 6
9:00 a.m. – Noon Class in Session
NOON Champagne Toast & Dessert (included in package)
Lunch On Own
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Class in Session

4:00 Class ends

Saturday, September 7
Depart – check-out time is 10:00

Optional Events – Sign Up Required / Subject to Change:
Tuesday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)
Tuesday 7:00 p.m. S’more Roast (no charge)

Wednesday 7:30 a.m. Yoga ($15 per person)

Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Moondeer & Friends Gallery Tour (no charge)

Thursday Noon & 4:00 p.m. Pontoon Ride on White Sand Lake (no charge)
Thursday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

Friday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

Dine-Around Dinners: Registration required at the front desk, meet at 5:00pm in the main lobby for carpooling.

Day students are welcome to attend the Welcome Reception and Farewell Reception (included in your package). You are also invited to join the class dinners (additional fee). PAL’s (Participants at large) can vacation at Dillman’s for $40 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.