"Many thanks for the week, for generously sharing your skills and knowledge. I appreciated your ability to include theoretical aspects of painting along with practical application. I'm looking at things differently and find that I'm trying new approaches - which is exactly what I had been wanting - to shake things up a bit!" ~Judith Volem
"Having had many classes with a limited palette and taught the importance of value shapes, I wasn't sure there was anything "new" to be learned. Boy, was I wrong! Knowing theory is good but getting to put it into practice, consistently, 5 days in a row, under Gene's guidance was fantastic.    Most valuable for me was being allowed to set up my easel near Gene and mimic his strokes and paint choices. And, because the class was small, we could ask more questions, more often, than most workshops allow. What a joy!" ~Jan Simmons
"He has been such a patient, considerate, generous, talented and rewarding teacher. Those of us who are lucky enough to attend his sessions consider ourselves very fortunate indeed, and hope he will feel it has been worth his while and that he'll come back next year." ~Judy



Gene Costanza, a contemporary realist and landscape painter, loves nothing more than sharing his love and his expertise with aspiring and experienced artists alike. Costanza shares his experience and ability with artists through painting workshops in Eugene, Oregon and around the country.


Painting workshops are an incredible experience for anyone with an interest in art. Offering four and five day art workshops, as well as private lessons on occasion, Costanza helps develop the skills of artists of all ages and levels.

In addition to painting workshops, Gene displays across the country and has been juried into some of todays most coveted art exhibitions. To keep up with Gene and his newest creations, check out the various art events where he will display his Plein Air and studio landscape paintings, sign up for our newsletter on our contact page.




Workshop Basic Description:


To ensure we are all on the same page, we begin with classroom instruction. My desire is to tailor my interactions with all students to maximize one-on-one instruction time. There is lots of on-location painting time, as well as demonstrations and personal critiques. We also talk about taking our sketches and going large in the studio.

Required Reading: Please read Chapter 3 of Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting. Ideally, students should read the whole book. I try to do it once every year



Local Private Plein Air and Studio Lessons in Eugene, Oregon

Occasionally, I offer private Plein Air and studio lessons in Eugene. The lessons will be in four-hour blocks. One or two students may share the cost.  The cost is $300 for four comprehensive hours.  For additional information about the private lessons, send an email to


CURRENT LOCAL WORKSHOP CANCELLATION POLICY: We retain the right to cancel the workshop if certain factors exist. This will usually be decided 30 days out.  If you are committed, we recommend getting your deposit in early so we may all plan accordingly.  This really helps me, and your fellow students.


If we cancel, a full refund will be remitted to students. In the event a student cancels, there is a $50 non-refundable charge. Other refunds are considered on an individual basis. There will be limited consideration two weeks out from the workshop. 


Liability release: By submitting one's deposit, a release of all liability is understood.