Artist Workshop

WORKSHOP 2019 for web 72


Registered Stems Plein Air artists are eligible to sign up for
Nyle Gordon’s 3-Day Artist Workshop
Friday, May 10th to Sunday, May 12th 2019
at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

$200 per artist to enroll.
Enrollment is limited to 12 students and is available
on a first come/first serve basis.


Nyle’s casual and inclusive approach to teaching welcomes painters of all levels.  His plein air workshop will cover the basics of composition, value, color, and edges.  Emphasis will be on interpreting and simplifying the landscape.

The class will meet at 9am daily at the front kiosk of the Overland Park Arboretum.  Each day will begin with a demonstration, followed by a discussion of the day’s agenda. Demonstrations and instruction will be in oil.

Students should expect to complete one to two paintings during the course of each day.  Students will be encouraged to do quick, simple sketches before starting each painting.  Questions and discussion are encouraged.  Making the rounds to individual students throughout the day will be a priority.

9am to 4pm daily.  Artists are responsible for providing their own lunch and snacks and must be flexible with regard to weather conditions.


*The Workshop is considered a supplemental Stems Plein Air event.
Artists registered for Nyle’s Workshop must also be registered for
Stems Plein Air Paint 2019.


  • Sketching materials as desired by the student.
  • Easel and palette suitable for outdoor painting.
  • Panels/Canvas: 8×10, 11×14, or 12×16 sizes are recommended.
  • Brushes: a variety of sizes of flat, round, and filbert style (bring what you have)
  • Palette knife
  • Minimum color palette: Cadmium Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Yellow Ochre Cadmium Red Light, Alizarin crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Thalo Blue, Titanium White, Ivory Black (other colors are optional).
  • Paper towels or rags and a container to throw them into.
  • Odorless paint thinner and a small container for it.
  • Other optional useful supplies: Oil painting medium, Lotion, Wet wipes for clean up, Bug spray, Sunscreen, Shade hat, Water bottle, Umbrella to shade palette and setup, & Viewfinder.



After graduating with a bachelor of fine arts degree at University of Central Missouri, Nyle had the opportunity to work in several different art fields. In 2004 Nyle left the corporate art arena to pursue his first love of painting.

Nyle has studied seriously and been inspired by the works of many artists past and contemporary.  He and his wife Kathy currently live in the small town of Ethel, Missouri, a small community providing endless inspiration, where they are close to family, old friends, and the childhood farm.