Patrick Saunders

Painting Without Borders

Patrick Saunders

Painting Without Borders

October 15, 2021-October 17, 2021
Full-Day 6 hours 9-4
$510/3 day Workshop

Explore the essential techniques for painting from direct observation and photography with award-winning painter Patrick Saunders. Learn to paint any subject, from the most simple to complex with one approach. Patrick will demonstrate the process of simplifying the subject and moving to finish as rapidly as possible in order to add more energy and excitement to your painting. Students will learn about composition, value, texture, color temperature, and accuracy in paint application.

While Patrick will be demonstrating in oils, acrylics and pastels are also welcome, as the concepts are the same.

Each day will begin with a short lecture and full demonstration, followed by one on one instruction with students. The day will end with a group critique and individual goal setting from 3:30 to 4pm.

The class is highly tailored for each individual student.

Patrick Saunders

Learn more about Patrick Saunders on his website .

Patrick Saunders is an award-winning artist who travels North America, creating fine art, teaching painting workshops, and judging painting competitions. Patrick paints a variety of subjects, including portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, and florals.

After graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute, Patrick spent a decade as an artist at Hallmark Cards before returning to KCAI to accept a faculty position teaching illustration, painting, animation, and web design. His students voted to honor Patrick with an Educator of the Year award. Teaching led to a job offer in advertising, where, as a Group Creative Director, Patrick led teams of marketing professionals in New York, San Francisco, and globally, producing advertising for clients such as Colgate-Palmolive, Whole Foods, Hill’s Pet Food, FedEx, Revlon, Southwest Airlines, Tom’s of Maine, Nextel, Skyy, Kashi, and Kellogg’s.

Throughout his career, Patrick has been recognized for outstanding work, earning awards from the American Advertising Federation, the International Academy of the Visual Arts, the Web Marketing Association, the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, and Oil Painters of America. He was first featured by Southwest Art Magazine in 2000, as one of their 21 Artists to Watch Under 31. Patrick has twice been the cover artist for and featured in Southwest Art Magazine, in September 2018 and in December 2020. He received a gold medal from the Oil Painters of America in 2020.

In 2013, Patrick began plein air painting, and has won awards from numerous nationally recognized events, including Plein Air Easton, the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Maui Plein Air, Lighthouse Plein Air, Sedona Plein Air, the Airstream Fine Art Invitational, Plein Air Texas, Plein Air Richmond, and Telluride Plein Air. He was featured in Plein Air Magazine in 2018.

Patrick is a Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America, and a member of the Portrait Society of America. He is a former Signature Member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, the American Impressionist Society, and the Outdoor Painters Society.

Select Awards & Honors

Oil Painters of America – Juried Salon Show – Gold Medal – August, 2020 Olmsted Plein Air, Atlanta, GA – Quick Draw, 2nd Place – July, 2020 Lighthouse Plein Air, Palm Beach, FL – First Place – March, 2020
Oil Painters of America – Fall Online Showcase – 2nd Place – Nov, 2019 Invitational Exhibition, Riverside Art Center – Best In Show – July, 2019 Olmsted Plein Air, Atlanta, GA – Quick Draw, 2nd Place – April, 2019 Olmsted Plein Air, Atlanta, GA – Best Architectural Award – April, 2019 Portrait Society of America – Certificate of Excellence – March, 2019
Lighthouse Plein Air, Palm Beach, FL – Third Place – March, 2019 Lighthouse Plein Air, Palm Beach, FL – Quick Draw, 2nd Place – March, 2019 En Plein Air Texas – Artists’ Choice Texas Artist Camp Award – October, 2018 Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational – Revelite Award – Oct, 2018 Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational – Strada Award – October, 2018 Gateway International Painting Competition – Finalist – August, 2018 Richeson75 International Portrait Competition – Finalist – August, 2018
Plein Air Easton – Best Marine Award – July 2018
Plein Air Easton – Artists Choice Award, Tilghman Island – July, 2018
Plein Air Richmond – First Place Quickdraw – June, 2018
Outdoor Painters Society, Plein Air Southwest, Rockport, TX –
Plein Air Magazine Award of Excellence – May, 2018 Airstream Fine Art Invitational – Third Place – May 2018 Lighthouse Plein Air, Palm Beach, FL – Second Place – March, 2018 Maui Plein Air – Makana Aloha Foundation Award – February, 2018 Maui Plein Air – Collector’s Choice Award – February, 2018
Oil Painters of America, Fall Online Showcase –
Third Place, Signature Division – December, 2017 Gateway International Painting Competition –
Best In Show – November, 2017
En Plein Air Texas – Third Place – October, 2018
Sedona Plein Air – Judge’s Choice Award – October, 2017
Plein Air Easton – Imagine Two Futures Award – July, 2017
Laguna Plein Air Painters: Best of Plein Air – Second Place – June, 2017 Plein Air Richmond – Best In Show – June, 2017
Buck’s County Plein Air – Third Place Quick Draw – June, 2017
Buck’s County Plein Air – Third Place Overall – June, 2017
Airstream Fine Art Invitations – People’s Choice Award – May, 2017 Eureka Springs Plein Air Festival – People’s Choice Award – May 2017 Plein Air KC – Kansas City, MO – Judge – May, 2017
Plein Air On the White River – Cotter, AR – Judge – April, 2017
En Plein Air Texas – Second Place – October, 2016
Sedona Plein Air Festival, Sedona AZ – Best of Show – October, 2016 Sedona Plein Air Festival, Sedona AZ –
First Place, Main Street Paint Out – October, 2016 Paint the Peninsula, Port Angeles, WA –
Olympic Rangers Interpretation Award – August, 2016
Paint the Peninsula, Port Angeles, WA – First Place Paintout – August, 2016 Plein Air Easton – 3rd Place, Small Painting Sunday – July, 2016
Plein Air Easton – Life On the Farm Award – July, 2016
Easels In Frederick – Best Use of Light Award Winner – June, 2016
Paint Annapolis – People’s Choice Award Winner – June, 2016
Penn Valley Park Plein Air Fest – Best In Show – May 2016
Outdoor Painter’s Society, Plein Air Southwest, Dallas, TX –
Artist’s Choice Award Winner – April, 2016
Paint the Town, Marble Falls, TX – Best In Show – March 2016 Telluride Plein Air – Artist’s Choice, 3rd Place – July, 2015 Augusta Plein Air – Best of Show – April, 2015

“I have had the great pleasure of studying with Patrick Saunders for the second time this year. He is the most positive encouraging instructor I have ever had the experience of learning from. He teaches with heart and knowledge. If anyone wishes to have one of the best painting instruction experiences possible find a workshop to take from him.” 

- Diana

“This was a great workshop! Patrick is not only a fine artist who understands technique. He knows how to explain it, demonstrate it, critique it and reinforce it … but more than that, he understands how to engage, support, and build confidence in the workshop attendees. He is a master teacher and artist. I hope to study with him again.” 

- Henry

“This was the best workshop I have ever had. Comfortable atmosphere and great people. I don’t say that about every workshop. This brought it all together for me. I needed this. Thank you Patrick.” – 


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