bobNot able to join me during the winter in Mexico at Studio South, please join me for one of these unique events in the United States listed below. – Below is a partial Schedule, (till Nov. 2019), of Art Workshops and Demos conducted by Robert Masla at the Casa – Studios North, Ashfield, Massachusetts and various other locations in the U.S. Listings are added and updated throughout the year, please check back.

“My goal as an instructor/facilitator is not to teach you to paint or draw like me, but to paint and draw like you, to help you uncover your unique vision and signature. In this process I will help you expand the “colors on your palette”, assisting you in developing your repertoire and understanding of various techniques, knowledge and skills in the mastery of the craft of drawing and painting. Most importantly, my goal is to help you to learn how to see and think visually, with that comes an expanded awareness that art springs from creativity and connectedness to life” – Masla

Spend a relaxing weekend in the country while you learn at your own pace with lots of demos and helpful one on one instruction at Masla Studios North.



Masla painting in Jerome, Arizona at the 10th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival.

For a list of Studio North, area B & B’s click here

Workshops at the Northampton Center for the Arts

Masla will be offering the following workshops at the all new:
Northampton Center for the Arts
33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA
(413) 584-7327.

Painting workshops are opened to and will benefit artists working in any painting medium, watercolor, acrylic, oil, water mixable oil.
Visit the links to register and get pdf's of material lists

Drawing and Painting Like Crazy - The Elements of Landscape

Masla, “Wave Dance” watercolor study on Fabriano paper, 7.5″x11″


Fee: $150

Jump into a day of creative play and intensive learning, drawing and painting like crazy as you join artist Robert Masla in the exploration of elements of the landscape. We will cover many aspects of drawing and painting and how they relate to the landscape. Approaching the holistic aspect of art making, we will also delve into studying some of the various elements that contribute to a powerful work: From looking at composition and design, using gestures and thumbnail sketches, to the application of materials, as well as methods, techniques and approaches for understanding the unique qualities and capturing the mood and feeling of the various elements--sky, water, rocks, trees. Masla will demo in watercolor and water mixable oil.
Masla will be demonstrating with Rembrandt watercolors and acrylic paints as well as Cobra non solvent (water mixable) oil paints on Fredrix all media canvas paint boards and Fabriano Paper.

Please bring a small sketch pad that can accept a light wash for notes and thumbnails, etc., a black or dark grey, water soluable graphite pencil or watercolor pencil such as a Derwent Inktense, Generals Sketch and Wash, etc and a descent, large nib water brush such as a Caran d'Ache,( Jerry's) , or from DickBlick Pental or Sakura.  For your chosen painting medium and supports please contact me to discuss - email or  better still call me at (413) 335-4295

"A Sudden Change in the Weather, (plein air at Ashfield Lake)", oil on paper, 22"x15"

Some dates posted below, more dates to be announced soon- Masla Studios North, Ashfield MA Spring, Summer, Fall

Drawing and Painting the Landscape in Plein Air and the Studio - All Media
at Masla Studios North
962 Apple Valley Rd. Ashfield, MA 01330 for info and to register :
Call - 413-625-8382 or 413-335-4295

Morning Walk 9x72dpiMasla, Morning Walk, (on Apple Valley - plein air), imprimatura oil technique on Fredrix all media paint-board, 8" x 16"
Blinded By the Light,(San Pancho)8x72dpiMasla, Salt in the Air, (plein air San Pancho), Cobra water-mixable oil on Fredrix all media paint-board, 8" x 16"

Experience Masla's award winning teaching style in this weekend workshop drawing and painting the bucolic New England landscape in Spring, Summer and Fall colors with the media of your choice. Masla will demo in a variety of media various principles, techniques and aspects of painting the landscape. The important effects of atmosphere, value, color temperature, light & shadow and composition will be covered.

Classes at Studios North are always small, up to 8 participants, so there is a lot of personal attention. People work in the medium of their choice - no problem as a beginner, you will take away a lot of useful techniques and information and experienced artist will broaden their vision and deepen their skills. Spend a relaxing weekend in the country while you learn at your own pace with lots of demos and one on one instruction. Improve your ease and comfort with drawing and painting as Masla reveals methods, techniques and materials that give the painter unparalleled access to freedom, speed and spontaneity to rapidly nail down a paintings composition and values, arguably two of the most important factors in the success of a painting. Learn to understand the difference between criticism and critique and how to move from a narrow vision to Seeing and Being in the Flow.

Shed-Light-11x14Masla, Shed Light, plein air oil, 11" x 14"

Understanding artistic intention along with various approaches to painting in plein air and the studio will be discussed and methods for portraying different aspects of the landscape, i.e. rocks, water, clouds, in convincing manners will be revealed. Be prepared for a thoroughly enjoyable relaxing time in the outdoors and studio, painting and picnicking, as Masla brings you to some of his favorite painting spots around his Studio North, in Ashfield, MA. Cost for the weekend is $350.00, picnic lunch provided. 1 day only, (Sunday) -$200. picnic lunch provided, some art material, call for more info.

- Returning Studio North Participants Receive a $25. discount on the weekend retreat!
Dates for 2019 Studio North Weekends (Satuday, and or Sunday - 9:30am - 5pm, Call or write to make sure space is available, some dates may change, check back periodically):

July - 21 & 22

August 25 & 26

September 29 & 30

- Studio painting if inclement weather

To read about and see Studio North and for a list of area B&B's click here

Workshops at the Springfield Museum School

Masla will be teaching a series of drawing and painting workshops
at the Springfield (MA.), Museum of Fine Arts, Summer, and Fall. Below are current course descriptions links to register at the Museum School.

Thursday, August 10, 10am - 3:30
Drawing FUNdamentals - anyone can do it!

Rice Patty, BaliMasla, Rice Patty, Bali, graphite in sketchbook

Join artist Robert Masla in the journey of creative expression, learning and fun though drawing. He creates an atmosphere where both absolute beginners and advanced artists alike feel themselves nourished, growing and stretching. When you leave this workshop you will take with you tools, techniques, and methods that you can apply to your art making and exercises you can use to strengthen your skills and continue drawing.

Wednesday, August 8, 10am -3:30
Taking your Painting to the Next Level

Kalya Tapasya,(The Transforming Power of Time), Masla, 2007, 40" x 30", mixed media digital collage painting, combining images from 30 years of painting, including, in the center, the underpainting of Self Portrait Turning 50 which was painted with sumie brush and ink on panel

Masla, Kalya Tapasya, (The Transforming Power of Time), 2007, 40" x 30", mixed media collage painting, combining images from 30 years of painting, including, in the center, the underpainting of Self Portrait Turning 50 which was painted with sumie brush and ink on panel

Masla, Shed Light, plein air Vermont, oil on linen, 11" x 14", sold

Join award Masla for a day of expanding your creative potential and technical expertise. Open to all levels of painters from the beginner to advanced. Bring in 1 or 2 works you are not happy with and see what can happen.

Bob will share a variety of techniques and methods as well as discuss ways of looking at and analyzing paintings to "get them to work” and what that actually means - as well as how to add the “wow factor”. He will be demoing suggestions on a piece of clear acetate on top of your work, (piece must be dry), you can then photograph the image and try the suggestions or modifications on your work yourself as Bob is there to assist you. Be prepared to have fun, grow your artistic vision and take your painting to the next level!

Thursday, August 16, 10am -3:30
Painting with Cobra Water Mixable Oils

Thursday, August 16, 10am -3:30
 Painting with Cobra Water Mixable Oils
 Late Coffee on the Corner, (San Pancho)6x72dpi
Masla, Late Morning Coffee, (plein air San Pancho), Cobra water-mixable oils on canvas on board

Solvent Free Oil Painting! Learn about the advantages of using non-toxic water mixable oil paint. Masla will share with you a variety of methods and techniques that take advantage of this revolutionary painting medium. The best of watercolor and the best of oil - combined. Masla will be demoing and using Cobra water-mixable oils. - Be prepared to get creative, learn a lot, make a mess and have fun!


To register call the Museum School at: 413 263-6800, ext. 382
or visit the links above.