Artist workshop schedule

Artist demonstrations will take place during the first two weekends of the Blossoms 2024 Plein Air to Prepare.

Click here or the button below to sign up for your preferred artist workshop today!

Plein Air to Prepare - Artists

Workshop Descriptions

Chelsea Bork

New to plein air? Looking to get started? Not sure where to start or what supplies? Maybe you need a little help translating that beautiful scene to your painting? In this one-hour demonstration, I will give helpful tips I have learned along the way, what supplies work best for me for transporting, site selection, creating an effective composition, underpaintings, and color application.

For my class you will need a few pencils, an eraser and a sketchbook! Together we will navigate packing for movement, site selection, compositional thumbnail sketches, how to black in and color application. Let's prepare to plein air!

Deborah Maklowski

Deborah creates both representational and abstract works in a variety of media, but her first love is the landscape, and she has over 20 years’ experience as a plein air painter. Deborah will demonstrate her plein air process in soft pastel, starting with a thumbnail sketch and a line drawing on the pastel paper, followed by a hard pastel underpainting that is washed in with fast-drying isopropyl alcohol and then lively, intuitive mark-making with soft pastel. For anyone interested, Deborah will also provide a list of her plein air equipment and supplies.

Katherine Wah

Katherine Wah continues to study drawing, mixed media, and watercolor at Howard County Arts Council from 2019. She is a former special educator whose art focuses on past and present experiences and is influenced by nature. She communicates ideas while experimenting with process and searching for ways images can draw attention or interpret social issues.

Amanda Milliner

Amanda is a Maryland based, professional oil painter that competes in regional plein air events as well as national art competitions for the American Impressionist Society and Oil Painters of America. In her work, she describes everyday scenes with her own impressions of color and light. Amanda will be demonstrating the use of a notan drawing to compose the lights and darks of her subject and translate the design using an alla prima painting technique.

Jon Schubbe

Jon Schubbe is an up and coming fine artist based in Baltimore, MD. With a history in digital art and animation, he started using more traditional methods in the past few years including oil painting. He loves to paint plein air and portrait, and loves to lindy hop swing dance. Jon will focus on design in the demo, which helps ensure great aesthetic quality with less detail.

Cindy Rivarde

Cindy is a working artist in Columbia, Maryland who focuses on landscape and figurative painting with a strong sense of color. For this demonstration, she will be working with oil paint, and will show how to set up a compositional layout and build up details. Please feel free to bring your materials to paint along.

Plein Air to Prepare Grove Map

Thank you so much for participating in the Plein Air to Prepare! As promised, here is the map of all of Blossoms' tree groves.

By clicking on a pink pin, you can see the exact location of that grove and those honored by the planting.

Green pins indicate where artist workshops will take place, so to view details of a particular workshop, click that pin.


Enjoy drawing inspiration from the beautiful blossoms!

View Blossoms of Hope's Tree Grove sites here.


Belmont Manor and Historic Park

Cedar Lane Park

Centennial II Grove

Clark’s Elioak Farms

Daniels Grove at Gary Memorial

Ellicott Meadows

Founders’ Grove at Centennial Park

Garden of Hope Memorial Planting

George Howard Building Planting

Heroes Grove at Howard County General Hospital

Historic Savage Mill

Historical National Road in Lisbon

Howard Community College

Howard County Center for the Arts Grove

Howard County General Hospital - Heroes Grove

Howard County Library System, Central Branch

Howard County Library System, East Branch

Howard County Library System, Elkridge Branch

Howard County Library System, Miller Branch

Howard County Library System, Savage Branch

Howard County Welcome Center

Kiwanis Wallas Park

Lake Elkhorn

Lisbon Park

Maggie Brown Grove at Kennedy Gardens

Manor Woods Elementary School

Meadowbrook Park Grove

Merriweather Post Pavilion

Mile Marker 14 on Rt. 40

National Cherry Blossom Festival Yoshino Saplings - Legacy Trees

Patapsco Female Institute

Patapsco Valley State Park Planting

Patriots’ Grove at Historic Mt. Ida

Pioneers’ Grove at Gary Arthur Community Center

Robinson Nature Center

Rockburn Park - Landing Road Entrance

Savage Mill Trail

Savage Park Grove (Front and Back)

Schooley Mill Park

Senator James Clark Memorial Grove - West Friendship Park

Shanty Grille

Street Tree Planting

Swansfield Park at Harper's Choice

Symphony Woods

Terrapin Adventures

The Medical Pavilion at Howard County General

Thomas Isaac Log Cabin Grove - Ellicott Mills Road

Timbers at Troy

Toby’s Dinner Theater

Turf Valley

University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)

Western Regional Park

Wilde Lake

Wilde Lake Arbor Day Planting