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plein air workshop – 2013

Frank Speyers (b. 1947), was raised in the Netherlands until 1956 when he immigrated with his parents to Canada. He came to the States in 1967 and went on to earn a Masters in Communication Design from Pratt Institute (1977) in New York City where he was influenced there by the design theories of Herb Lubalin and Christopher Alexander.

While pursuing post-graduate studies at Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1990, he collaborated with Massimo Vignelli in the formulation of design pedagogy. Frank worked as a brand designer for a number of Fortune 500 corporations, prior to teaching design as a language.

Frank traveled to California to learn plein air painting. About half his work is done on site, or plein air. The rest is completed in his studio from sketches and photographs.

An Introduction to Plein Air Painting

Workshops are offered at various times on behalf of the Leelanau Conservancy.

These are hosted in various locations on the Leelanau pennisula including the picturesque 19th Century Cherry Basket Farm in Omena Michigan.

Focus of the workshops are on creating successful compositions by; Interpreting a three-dimensional landscape onto a flat surface; Creating depth and atmosphere; Simplifying what you see. Working within a framal reference, Managing large masses, maintaining and supporting a focus. Coffee and lunch are provided for both days.