2018 Schedule

Peninsula School of Art
Fish Creek in Door County, WI
"Making Great Paintings from Photographs"
Sept. 5-8, 2018 • 9am-4pm 

Using photo references, this workshop will address the challenges and advantages of working in such a manner. Bring your painting to life as you develop a sensibility for selecting imagery, utilizing a bright and complementary palette, and employing bold brushwork and direct painting methods.  Daily demonstrations address the importance of thumbnail sketches for composition purposes, underpainting techniques, paint application, movement of the eye and focal points as well as how to keep your color clean. Students are encouraged to bring a large selection of photo references that explore a variety of subject matter.
Media: Oil on Acrylic
$450 member, $490 non-member


Todd & Huff Art Center
Johns Island, SC (near Charleston, SC)
"Bold Brush Plein Air Oil Painting Workshop"
Sept. 18-20, 2018 • 9:30 am-4:30pm

Shelby's larger than life style captures everyday settings and imbues her paintings with exuberance.  Shelby is a consummate plein air artist and has an engaging personality. She has won numerous awards and accolades. Her teaching style is just as engaging as her personality and you will not want to miss this Wisconsin artist's time with us here in the Low Country. 
Media: Oil with acrylic as underpainting
$495, $100 deposit required to secure your place


Casa de los Artistas
Boca de Tomatlan, Mexico
“Bold Brush Plein Air in Mexico”
January 12-19, 2019

Immerse yourself in the joys of authentic Mexican village life painting en plein air at exciting exotic locations while experiencing one-on-one coaching with workshop leader, Shelby Keefe. This all-inclusive workshop vacation is located in a safe and charming village 10 miles south of Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific coast. Expect a creative and relaxing retreat in a supportive enviroment with a dynamic workshop schedule that allows enough downtime and freedom to rest and rejuvenate.
Media: Oil with acrylic as underpainting
$2195 all-inclusive week-long workshop (all food and drink, private room with balcony view and private bath, excursions) excludes airfare and transportation from Puerto Vallarta International Airport.
$500 deposit holds your space 
Contact:, Bob Masla 413-335-4295


The Chestnut Group
Nashville, TN
“Bold Brush Plein Air”
October 3-5, 2019

One of the biggest challenges for plein air painters is to successfully narrow down infinite amounts of detail and express the essence of a scene. Students will learn and apply strategies for simplification, value accuracy, compositional uniqueness and much more. Shelby will share her method of applying complimentary colors as an underpainting to the white canvas, and jumping in with both feet to grab the light before it changes. She will demonstrate her technique every morning and then help each student one-on-one throughout the rest of the day.

More Information to come!