Focus on This: Painting in Nature 21Pa9-1

Painting outdoors is a challenge. Drawing, color, values, shapes, edges, texture, layers, style are all elements to consider. Often one needs to focus on one of these elements at a time to maintain clarity of vision. This vision is inspired by, but not limited to, the facts of nature in front of you. Join Dave for two days of exploration and experimentation in painting the great outdoors your way. Sharpen your skills and eyes, try new things, observe demos and paint up a storm with your fellow painters!

This class is hosted in partnership with Outdoor Painters of Minnesota and Plein Air Grand Marais. See their website for the full event listing: 

Dave Gilsvik has been a student of painting for a very long time. He was given a working scholarship by Birney Quick to attend the Grand Marais Art Colony in the summer of 1977. Falling in love with the North Shore and his wife Patti (a Grand Marais native) he never left. As a young man he painted billboards, children’s rooms, murals and signs of all kinds. For the last twenty-plus years Dave has focused on oil paintings of the North Shore and surrounding woodlands. Dave’s work can be seen at Sivertson Gallery and at his log cabin studio north of Two Harbors during the Lake Superior 20/20 Studio Tour in September.



This class must meet minimum enrollment by September 17, 2021 at 4 PM. Please register before this date to ensure your spot.

Due to current covid-19 safety protocol, class enrollment will be limited to allow for physical distancing, etc. Students are encouraged to register early. Should you find that the class you want to attend is full, we encourage you to get on our waitlist and, as safety standards continue to evolve, we anticipate that additional class spaces will be made available.



  • September 18, 2021 - September 19, 2021
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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21 MN-61, Grand Marais, Minnesota, 55604, United States