Hai-Ou Hou

Hai-Ou Hou workshop in Sarasota, FLROAD TO SUCCESS SERIES



January 27-28, 2018 (Saturday – Sunday)

Time: 2pm – 8pm

Fee: $295


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Join dynamic, award-winning painter Hai-Ou Hou for a 2-day all-level intensive plein air painting workshop. Hai-Ou will show you How to paint the Night emphasizing the importance of values and design.

We will start at around 2pm with the lecture and then will progress to painting. You will complete one painting while there is still light. After a short break we continue painting at sunset and then going into darkness. We will work on a well lit streets in downtown Sarasota. The day will conclude around 8pm with the nocturnal painting.

What would be your color choice?
How to to see values correctly in the dark?
How to properly mix colors?
How to make your painting glow?  

These and many other questions will be answered in this structured workshop.
The class lectures will cover the important elements of painting at night followed by practical exercises and application.

SUPPLY: Beside your regular supply, you will need to bring lighting equipment. The easiest option but probably not the best one is book lights. Depending on your budget there are many other options you can check at art supply stores or Amazon. Make sure the light is on the cooler side and light up your canvas well. You might need to buy two of them depending on the size and brightness.

Accommodation: we don’t provide lodging but recommend to check availability on  Airbnb.com as a budget friendly option.Cancellation policy: You can cancel your registration anytime before 12/30/2017 and receive a full refund. After 12/30/2017 – no refunds will be granted.

Hai-Ou Hou is featured in this month issue of Plein Air Magazine.
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You can reserve your space with 50% deposit. Register below with PayPal or Credit card.  You can also register over the phone and send us a check. Time and locations in Sarasota will be announced to participants closer to the starting date of the workshop. Call 941-330-6865 for more details.


Michael Jakubowski (student): “I have participated in two of Hai-Ou’s workshops and visited her Maryland school. The workshops are well structured with a defined daily agenda. She is an experienced teacher with a wealth of information to offer. Hai-Ou makes it a point to spend time with each student and provide specific hands-on assistance during every exercise – be prepared to take notes. The workshops have paid dividends; after taking her Quick-Draw workshop in 2016, I was able to place and win in multiple Quick-Draw events in Florida and Maryland that year.”
Vladislav Yeliseyev recommends: “She has unique very colorful style with impressionist twist and “iron” hand brushwork. Her workshops are usually full and I witnessed people follow her events around the country. Hai-Ou is running hugely popular Chesapeake Fine Art Studio in Easton Maryland where she is teaching oil paintings. She is equally comfortable with figurative and landscape subject matters. She has a great personality and I somehow convinced her to give workshops for our area painters.”
ABOUT ARTIST: Hai-Ou Hou was born in Beijing where she studied painting and ceramics at the prestigious Central Institute of Fine Art and Design. She accepted a teaching post at the Hubei Fine Art Institute where she taught painting and design. After immigrating to the United States, she received her Master of Fine Arts from Towson University. Hai-Ou’s work has been widely published and exhibited both nationally and internationally and hangs in many museum, corporate, and private collections. She is the recepient of numerous fine arts honors and awards.

Selected Awards

Second Place: Plein Air Easton 2017
Merit Award: Sedona Plein Air Competition 2011
Third Place: Quick Draw Mountain Maryland 2011
People’s Choice Award: Paint Annapolis 2010
Second Place: Paint Annapolis 2010 Portraiture Award of Excellence,
OPA National Juried Exhibition. 2010
First Place: Plein Air Easton Choose Three Competition, 2010
First Place: Paint Annapolis Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painter’s Association, 2009
Third Place: Quick Draw Dueling Brushes Painting Competition, 2009
Best In Show: Paint St. Michaels, MD, 2009
Honorable Mention: Havre De Grace Plein Air Competition, MD, 2009

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Quick, Lose and Fresh, Bold and Fun!

Hai-Ou Hou 2-day Quick Fun with Color and Design

February 24 – 25, 2017   2 day tuition: $295; one day tuition: $160

Join dynamic, award-winning painter Hai-Ou Hou for a 2-day all-level, all-media, intensive painting workshop. Hai-Ou has adapted a powerful abstract aesthetic of impressionist painting for creating intensely colored, highly textured, and provocative art en plein airHow to bring your paintings to the next level?  Too many artists are not paying attention to one of the most important areas – design. This class focuses on the elements of design including shapes, angles, space, color and composition.  The class lectures will cover these important elements of design followed by practical exercises and application. This is not a color mixing class. Hai-Ou will show you the key elements on how to  make your painting more expressive and appealing,  your colors bright and intense without being raw, and subtle without being muddy. Indoor and outdoor activities. Supplies: Bring whatever you are using for oil colors;  you will also try mine. I use a variety of colors but the following are essential:  Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red, and Titanium White. A larger palette for mixing colors. Watercolor and pastel artists must bring supplies, but I highly suggest that you try my oils. You will need to bring 6-8 small painting sufaces (1.e. 6×8, 8×10, 9×12). We will be doing many quick exercises.  During the afternoon of our second day, we will wrap up with a 11×14 or 9×12 or 12×16 timed exercise. If you follow directions, you will be able to finish a large painting  less than two hours!

Hai-Ou Hou workshop in Sarasota