Trausch Fine Art


En Plein Air 2019

En Plein Air 2018

There is no better way to learn about color, value and light than to paint from life 'en plein air'. This will also greatly benefit your larger studio paintings as well. You will learn to observe and make decisions in a timely manner. As we edit nature, we decide what to emphasize and what to leave out. Painting with fellow artists is an opportunity to grow and be inspired. Some new locations have been added as well as keeping some trusted old friends. Please join us for some great painting at these select sites for the 2018 season.

All classes meet at the sites on Thurs. from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, rain or shine. You may send one check if you would like and the cost is $30 per class. Please remit to: Thomas Trausch, 2403 Mustang Trail, Woodstock, IL 60098.

If you have wanted to paint en plein air or have a limited experience in doing so, we can go over supplies along with specific directions to each location. Please call 815-245-0819 or email me with questions.

June 2017 Door County, WI plein air workshop



Plein air paintings from Door County, WI



Recent Plein air Paintings

Workshops are frequently conducted either at our studio (Woodstock), regionally (Starved Rock State Park, Brown County, Indiana, for example), nationally (The Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Door County, etc.) and internationally (Ireland, Italy and France) ... all great places to travel to and to enjoy!

Tom teaching



For intermediate and above levels of artists. Classes will be held at Gallery 223, 223 Broad Street, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin on Wednesdays from 9:30 am to 12:30pm for 5 weeks and ongoing afterwards.

Welcome...these classes are intended for artists who have painted, but who would like to receive comprehensive training in advancing their push one's work beyond the ordinary. Students may pay per class at $30 per session.

The painting sessions will include:
The "Why" of a watercolor, 10 different compositional structures for successful paintings, how to manipulate values, getting the most out of color, understanding light and atmosphere, and 1 and 2 point perspective. Each painting period ends with a group review and critique for the greatest amount of learning.

Please bring in your own photo references, the watercolor materials you are currently using, and be prepared to paint from the beginning.

Join us. As a fine artist, I have been painting professionally for over 40 years and teaching painting for most of those years also.

Thomas Trausch, twsa master status,, 815-245-0819

Woodstock Fine Art classes:

Every Thursday morning from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm at St. John's Lutheran Church at the corner of Route 47 & St. John's Road. All media are welcome as the classes are based on instruction in values, composition, color, design and personal interpretation. Bring your own art supplies, easel, etc. We meet in class rooms with tables at the church. The cost for 5 classes is $100 and these classes do not have to be taken consecutively.

Evening class is at St. John's Lutheran Church at the corner of Route 47 & St. John's Road from 6 to 9 pm each Thursday. Same above instruction content and the cost is $125 for the 5 classes. In either class, bring your own photo references as starting points ... demonstrations given periodically.

Tom teaching

Art Leagues and Groups

Demonstrations in either oils or watercolor are offered as a method to instruct, motivate and entertain. Many northern Illinois and Chicago area art organizations have enjoyed painting demonstrations, critiques and judging of their members' artwork for over 30 years.