Plein Aire Classes on Boats, Buildings
and more with the South Shore Art Center
Indoor class Instruction

“What better way to experience the beauty of our surroundings on the South Shore, than capture it with an original painting.

I will teaching a course in junction with the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset focused on creating a plein-aire painting based on man-made mechanical and/or architectural objects such as lobster boats to sailboats, summer cottages, or harbor store fronts.

Limited of outdoor painting due to  winter conditions, we explore the use of photography, drawing, and past experience to create original "plein Aire" painting

Course content will cover atmospheric perspective expressed through color and value, and the spatial dynamics of one and two point perspective. Students will be introduced to various locations on the South Shore noted for picturesque qualities to explore the rich pictorial possibilities of light and shadow, color and texture. We will initiate with simple landscapes with basic building (or boat compositions).

Onsite demonstrations, individual critiques, and concept development will be an integral part of this experience.The use of photography as a vehicle for study and self-expression will also be discussed as well.

This course is focused on creating paintings inspired by plein air motifs including effectively composed man-made mechanical and/or architectural objects such as lobster boats, sailboats, summer cottages, or harbor store fronts. Course content will also cover atmospheric perspective expressed through color and value, and the spatial dynamics of one and two point perspective.

Students may explore and develop ideas based on individual sketches, photographs, and model forms to invent compositions based on the plein air experience. Instruction will focus on creating picturesque compositions through the rich pictorial expression of light and shadow, color and texture. The use of photography as a sketch medium and vehicle for study and self expression will also be discussed. Individual critiques and concept development will be an integral part of this experience. No class February 20.

Classes will be held Wednesdays, 1:00 PM to 4:00PM at the Sourth Shore Art Center, and if we get one of those spring like, winter days, goin outside weill not ber out of the question. To register, link onto:


I hope you can join me on this rewarding painting experience.


Come Paint With Me

This past november the first of a series of instructional videos were taped for broadcast featuring myself discussing and creating a painting on location. These will be broadcast on Scituate public Television to show not only Plein Aire painting instruction, but also broadcast the many aspects of the Scituate Arts Association.

The first was instruction and explanation of the Second Wednesday Portrait Workshop that I host. An interesting view, not only was my work recorded, but Vcevy Stakovlovsky and Scott Ketchum were also featured. It makes for an interesting watch to see how three artist approach their work and create their own separate interpretation working form the same source, the model. You can view it at:

The second video I am producing a still life form the Ellis studio location. I instruct on a step by step procedure to arrive at my concluded piece. to include a mistake and cover up about half way through. the composition had a flaw in it, and the video shows how I easily corrected it! this can be viewed at: v=a9u3VL3Ddz.

Further taping will include additional plein aire instruction with Robert, as well as water color instruction with Mary Beth LoPiccolo. Numerous one off events sponsored by the Scituate Arts Association will also be recorded.

Lainey Laing, Scituate Arts Association Director of Education, has been the driving force of this endeavor as well as producer, while Seth Pfeiffer of SCTV has been generous in his support of providing air time, technical assistance as well as the equipment for taping. Linda Pedersen has been the videographer.

Times as yet for broadcast have not been set, so stayed tuned for further updates on broadcast times.. Who knows, I may be the next Bob Ross.

Explore new works of art on the following pages

This past fall, was as ususal, quite busy and many new works have been introduced, from new portreait studies to new Plein Aire Paintings. Please click on the above links to see many of my new paintings.

Check out my latest Blog at


Robert G. Beaulieu, a Scituate MA resident, graduated from the Paier School of Art in Hamden, CT and continued his education at the Museum School of Fine arts in Boston.

Majoring in illustration, he turned his career toward design and advertising and was president/owner of his own agency in Boston for a number of years until “semi-retiring” to devote more time do his painting. Primarily a Plein Aire painting, Robert has combined his ability to capture detail, atmosphere and light with the disciplines he learned through his foundation of academic work as well as, what he calls ”Practice. Practice practice.”

He has participated in a number of shows throughout New England, and locally with the Scituate Art Association, North River Arts, Duxbury Arts Festival, Quincy Arts Festival, North River Arts and the South Shore Art Center. Numerous award winning ribbons adorn his studio, as well winning best oil in show at the prestigious Cohasset festival on the green show, two years in a row.

Enjoying meeting other artist, and those interested, Robert does a number of demos a year as well as teach a course in Plein Aire with the South Shore Art Center (Cohasset) and well as Scituate Arts Association where he hosts a monthly portrait workshop. Robert has also appeared on Scituate public Television giving demos as well as courses in painting. You can view one of his demos at:

Many times you can find Robert driving to painting locations in his classic MG, with his french easel bungeed on the back of the vehicles’ luggage rack. When not immersed in his painting, Roberts other interests include Bicycling, Scuba Diving and he has held a National Competition license with the Sports Car Club of America (scca) for over forty years, and still races today.

You can receive his periodic announcements and newsletter, drop him your address on his e mail.