Aaron Schuerr

Master Artist Aaron Schuerr will be leading a "Plein Air Landscapes" four day workshop at Sweetwater in July!

Dates: July 17, 2019 - July 20, 2019
Level: Adult, 18 +

From thumbnail sketches to planning a studio painting, we will explore the possibilities of landscape painting. Find “the story” in the landscape and paint it in a way that is direct, simple, fresh, and honest. Engage in fun exercises designed to focus on value, color, and shape. From that foundation, you’ll explore edges, atmospheric perspective, color and shape relationships, composition, and mood. Most importantly you’ll learn to paint with greater intention. Through demonstrations, group discussions, composition walks, painting exercises, and plenty of individual instruction, you will learn to approach the landscape in enthusiasm and confidence. This workshop is open to all mediums, but demos will be in oil and pastel.

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My art is borne out of my struggle to absorb, comprehend, and understand the natural world. I’m overwhelmed, and yet I can’t tear myself away. And so I paint, so as to stand there for just a little longer. And then I return to the studio and paint something bigger, in order to digest what I’ve experienced while painting in the field. And then I take that frightening step: I invite the viewer to add his or her own story to it. At the sight of a beautiful sunset we instinctively turn to the person next to us, be it friend or stranger, to see if they are looking too. And if they are, we feel a kinship with them. No two people experience a sunset in the same way, and yet we can experience it together. Though painting is largely a solitary endeavor, it is never a lonely one, because I am invited to share in the ineffable mystery of beauty. And that is where the art is. Briefly, I am an artist, writer, actor, husband, and father of three wonderful boys. It all gets mixed up until the distinctions are blurred, as they should be. The heart of my work is in the outdoors, absorbing the pattern of light on the landscape. Actors speak of "being in the moment" immersing themselves so totally in story that everything else falls away. The open air is my stage, and in the best moments, I am lost in it. I have no desire to impress you with these paintings. Rather, I strive to share my experience with honesty and without fear.


Pastel Society of America, Signature Member
American Impressionist Society, Signature Member
West Coast Pastel Society, Signature Member

Awards and Honors

2016 Best Pastel, Plein Air Magazine’s Plein Air Salon
2015 First place, Pastel Society of the West Coast Membership Show
2015 First place, 11th Annual Mile High International Exhibition
2013 Award of Excellence, American Impressionist Society
2013 Plein Air Magazine Juror’s Choice Award for America’s Parks through the Beauty of Art
2013 First Place for the Pastel Journal’s Pastel 100
2012 Third Place in Plein Air Magazine’s “Plein Air Salon
2011 “Best Quick Draw” Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painter Show
2010 Gold Medal for the Pastel Journal’s Pastel 100
2005 Gold Medal for the Pastel Journal’s Pastel 100, First Place in the landscape category

Selected Shows and Exhibitions

2017 26th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils
2017 Landscape Show, Howard/Mandville Gallery
2016 17th Annual American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition
2016 25th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils
2016 28th Annual Juried Exhibition, International Association of Pastel Societies
2015 Instructor, exhibitor for the IAPS Convention
2015 Presenter for the Plein Air Convention in Monterey, CA
2015 Vistas of the West Legacy Gallery, Bozeman
2015, 2014 Pastel Society of America’s Annual Show
2015, 2014 West Coast Pastel Society
2014 Presenter for the Plein Air Convention in Monterey, CA
2014 Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters National Show
2104 Art in the Open, Ireland
2013 America’s Parks through the Beauty of Art
2012, 2013 Door County Plein Air Painting Festival
2012, 2011 Scottsdale Salon, Legacy Gallery
2011-2013 Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painter’s National Show
2011, 2010 American Impressionist Society National Exhibition
2011, 2010 Holiday Celebrations Show, InSight Gallery
2010 Winter in Yellowstone, Simpson Gallagher Gallery
2010 Plein Air Southwest, Southwest Gallery.
2005-2013 CM Russell Art Auction
2008 Oil Painters of America Western Regional Show
2008 Pastel Society of America National Show


2017 Aaron will have two paintings included in Pure Color 2, a survey of contemporary pastel work
2016 Wrote A Song Without Words for The Pastel Journal
2016 Plein Air Magazine, two digital articles
2015 Big Sky Journal, Feature Article
2015 Wrote the Creative Life column for The Pastel Journal, six issues
2014 Plein Air Magazine, feature article.
2013 Pastel Journal, cover image and feature article.
2013 Plein Air Magazine, January feature article on plein air pastels
2012 Aaron wrote two articles, one on Sheila Reiman. The second, “The Plein Air Paradox” detailed the process of planning a studio pastel from a plein air pastel
2012 Art Journeys America: Landscapes a landscape survey published by North Light Books
2012 Pastel Journal, Southwest Art
2011 Southwest Art, Pastel Journal
2010 Southwest Art, Pastel Journal, Plein Air Magazine
2010 Big Sky Journal (Schuerr wrote an article about plein air painting in Yellowstone in winter.)
2008, 2007, 2005 Pastel Journal
2005 Montana Quarterly

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When you or a family member is looking to take an art class, view an exhibition, or attend a cultural event, where do you turn? If you're like most in our community, you go to Sweetwater Center for the Arts.

$1,000 provides enough materials to fund a semester-long community outreach program.
$500 allows two senior citizens to take an oil painting class.
$250 provides enough clay for every student in an 8-week ceramics class.
$200 will send a child to summer camp for a week.
$100 provides the food for a culinary workshop.
$50 provides materials for two weeks of painting camps.

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