Painting Trees with Confidence


Title: Painting Trees with Confidence

Type of Workshop: Oil, Acrylic

Instructor: Robin Popp

Date: June 11 – 12, 2021

Price: $275/250

Time: 10:00am-4 pm

This class is for any artist struggling with making trees look realistic, mixing those greens, or anyone who wants to sharpen their observation skills. Robin will be sharing her tried and true tricks for making trees and other vegetation come to life in a painting. Whether you paint plein air, or from photos this class will help you improve your landscape paintings.


Robin will demonstrate her approach to tree painting within a landscape. Students will paint several different varieties of trees and learn what details describe realistic trees to the viewer. Color, patterns, leaf shapes and directional growth will all be discussed and practiced. Then, students will take their knowledge and paint a final landscape painting of their choice.


Many artists are frustrated when painting trees in a landscape or around architecture. Robin’s easy teaching style makes learning how to conquer painting them fun and less intimidating. She will be using oil paints, but students can bring whatever media they are comfortable with. If using a different paint or pastels, be sure to bring the colors suggested on the supply list.


Born in south Florida into a family of artists, Robin has painted since she was old enough to hold the brush. She spent a short time at Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL, and graduated as a cabinetmaker from Pinellas Technical College. Her favorite medium is oils and loves to work en plein air. She teaches painting both locally in Florida, and at John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina. She and her husband reside on a farm west of Gainesville, Florida, while their three grown children live all over the world.


About the work:

Robin’s north Florida farm and surrounding area provides much of the subject matter for her landscapes in oil. Birds are another favorite subject. Crows, waterbirds, sparrows, all find their way into her paintings. Robin’s background as a woodworker also influences her works in assemblage. Her latest series of boxes combines oil paintings and found objects. As she describes, “I love the earthy feel of rust and worn wood, and the ageless quality of glass. They hold a hidden history and I give them a chance at a new life, in a new story.”



2018 – Honorable Mention, 45th Festival Beth-El, St. Petersburg, FL

2018 – Purchase Award, 45th Festival Beth-El, St. Petersburg, FL

2017 – Third Place, Autumn Artfest, Live Oak, FL

2017 – Honorable Mention, Tarpon Springs Paint and Photo, Tarpon Springs, FL

2017 – Work selected for the Cross Creek Rising Exhibit, Gainesville, FL

2016 – Patron’s Favorite Artist Award, Gathering of Artists, Gainesville, FL

2013 – Purchase Award, Souvenirs of Downtown, Ft. Pierce, FL

2005 – Work selected, Downtown Clearwater Arts Stroll, Clearwater

Artist Statement: “Some things cannot be said with words. The beauty of God’s creation explodes all around us, and my expression, my worship, comes in the form of painted colors across a canvas. In this hectic world, we all yearn for a place of refuge and healing. Many of my paintings are of settings that give me that sense of peace. In a quiet moment, I reach to the Creator, and rejoice, knowing that He is reachable.”

A $25 fee will be charged for all class refunds due to a withdrawal. Refunds will be given up to seven (7) days prior to class start date. Thereafter, no refunds will be given, unless the ESAC cancels the class.


A $75 fee will be charged for all workshop refunds due to a withdrawal. Refunds will be given up to one (1) month prior to the workshop start date. Thereafter, no refunds will be given, unless the ESAC cancels the workshop.


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