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Celeste is now offering private group classes in the Atlanta area.  For information, contact Celeste via the Contact Page

How to Make Landscape Paintings Come Alive
The Quinlan Visual Arts Center
Mondays, September 11 through November 13, 2017 10:30 – 2:00
Tuition $375 for Members, $400 for Non Members

Working in the studio, the class will study the elements that make up the landscape – sky, clouds, ground, trees, mountains, fabricated structures, etc. – with a particular emphasis on how to make these elements fit into the landscape to make the final painting feel alive, real, three dimensional, and beautiful. Topics covered will be values, color, linear perspective, atmospheric perspective, and edges. All levels are welcome. Students will work on an individual basis based upon landscape photos brought to the class by Celeste or by the students. Instruction will be tailored to the individual’s goals and needs. The instruction will be in oil paints. For more information and to register, go to www.quinlanartscenter.org/celeste-mccollough.html.

Plein Air Oil Workshop
The Quinlan Visual Arts Center
September 22 – 24 10:00 – 3:00
Tuition: $325

This landscape workshop will be taught en plein air in an area park and will specifically focus on strategies for making plein air oil painting enjoyable, manageable and successful. Celeste will provide in depth instruction tailored to each student’s goals and skill level in creating successful alla prima landscape paintings in the field. In the event of inclement weather, the workshop will move to a studio at the Quinlan for further instruction in landscape painting.



The Elements of Landscape Painting – The Quinlan Visual Arts Center

Plein Air Made Simple Workshop – The Quinlan Visual Arts Center

Plein Air in the Botanical Gardens – Sponsored by The Quinlan Visual Arts Center
Atlanta Botanical Garden’s
Gainesville, GA location


Plein Air Made Simple –

Turnipseed Nursery Farms
685 South Glynn Street
Highway 85
Fayetteville, GA 30214

Plein Air Made Simple
The Quinlan Visual Arts Center
April 18 – 20, 10:00 – 4:00


Working Color Into a Tonal Underpainting
The Georgia Art League
September 17, 2015



“Great workshop. You are an excellent teacher.” LT 2016

“I learned more about Plein Air painting in those three days than I have ever learned before!  The workshop was so well structured and well-thought-out that it fit my learning style perfectly.  I look forward to studying with you again. Your knowledge of the subject matter is exceptional.   Your critiques were very insightful and made learning easy.” MB 2016

"Celeste is very articulate and methodical in her teaching. She is able to present the concepts of landscape painting in an easily understandable way. I can't wait for Celeste to have another workshop, so that I can improve my paintings even more." JB 2016

“Celeste, your workshop was a very rewarding experience, and I had a wonderful time! You are a very generous teacher with your in-depth knowledge, from your first-hand experiences; and also, with the time you spend with each student.” JR 2016

“Great demostration - really enjoyed how [Celeste]  showed her ‘greens.’"  --TK 2015

“Thank you CELESTE McCOLLOUGH for a wonderful demonstration at the GAL meeting. Everyone enjoyed your informative presentation. You are a very talented Artist and Teacher.” GAL 2015

“[Celeste] is very talented, love her paintings. I paint too, but have given it up for awhile. She has inspired me to get back with it.” CC 2015

“Thank you so much!! Your art is great!! You are so willing to share! I wanted to absorb every morsel.” JP 2015