Guest Workshops at Bluebird Hill Retreat

Anne Blair Brown and guest artists from around the U.S. host day-long and mutli-day painting workshops at our beautiful venue. 

Interested in taking a course with Anne Blair Brown? Check out in-person sessions and digital workshops on Anne’s website.

Interested in hosting your own workshop or retreat? Reach out to Anne for booking details and availability.

 "The Still Life Outdoors"

Peggi Kroll Roberts

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL. Please contact Rachel Blair (info below) to get on wait list. 
3 Days - September 22-24, 2022

$575 (deposit of $150 to secure your spot)

*To register, click the button below. Questions? Contact Rachel Blair or 615/504-7201.


About this workshop

In this workshop, the outdoor still life will be the subject matter with a focus on improving drawing skills and seeing value and color relationships. There will be daily demonstrations focusing on design and emphasizing the big, simple shapes that are the foundation of good painting. 


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Jim Carson

"Simplifying the Design"

October 27-29, 2022 
Max. class size is 9 students
$575 (deposit of $150 will secure your spot)

*To register, please click the button below. Questions? Contact Rachel Blair or 615/504-7201.

Jim will show you how to simplify your compositions, giving you a solid foundation for strong plein air paintings.  He will help you strengthen your color mixing skills, and will demonstrate how perfect color placement will make a painting pop!  His instruction will also focus on loose paint application to enhance and impressionistic style.

Class size limited to 9 students to insure plenty of one on one attention. Open to all skill levels.

Tracy Everly
"A Fresh Approach En Plein Air"

4 Days – May 3-6, 2023
$750 (includes daily lunch and snacks)

*To register, please click the button below. Questions? Contact Rachel Blair or 615/504-7201.

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This workshop offers a guided learning opportunity to immerse yourself in a multi-day experience painting outdoors with me. We will paint together at the peaceful Bluebird Hill Retreat, a serene country getaway created by visual artists, located in picturesque Santa Fe, TN. The distractions that dominate everyday life are suspended here and our sole purpose will be to paint and talk about painting.

We will work to develop technical, mental and perceptual skills needed to translate our response to what we see in nature into 2-dimensional form. Topics will include exploring and choosing a painting site, organizing the majesty of what we see into interesting compositions, using color to create harmony and unity, editing and prioritizing elements in a painting, and organically developing interesting painting surfaces, among others.
We will also discuss equally-important aspects of painting such as active looking, focus, mindset, and expectations.

Every day spent painting outside is an opportunity to enjoy the moment and grow as a painter. 

Suitable for all levels of experience, although some plein air experience is helpful.