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.

Due to Covid workshops from Studios North are currently virtual on the Zoom Platform.

-Listed below is a partial schedule of Zoom workshops, (I’ll be posting in person workshops for the summer and fall in the spring).

Art Workshops and Demos conducted by Robert Masla at the Casa – Studios North, Ashfield, Massachusetts and various other locations in the U.S. will be listed below. 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

The following workshops listed below with Masla are zoom platform. Some of the Virtual Workshops with Masla at his Studios North are run through The Museum School at the Springfield Museums

The first one is run through the Casa Virtual Workshop Fiesta, click the links to find out more and register

The ones below it are run through The Museum School at the Springfield Museums.
You can register at
or call Jeane Fontaine Courses & Travel Curator 413-314-6482

Other workshops will have the sponsor contact at the end of each listing. To find out more about in person workshops keep scrolling down.

Watch Masla's free demo: Watercolor Painting Using an Imprimatura Technique on Fredrix Watercolor Canvas, on Royal Talens North America, Creators Studio Live.

Watch another of  Masla's demos with Royal Talens N.A. Creator Studios Live: “Painting Rocks and Water Using an Imprimatura Technique and Cobra water mixable oils on Fredrix oil primed linen”


Enhance Your Painting, Learning to See - Draw Like Crazy!

Join Casa founder-director Robert Masla as he brings you on a fast and fun journey of creativity through drawing. For both the novice and advanced artist an assured way to enhance your painting and your life.

“Learning to draw is really a matter of learning to see – to see correctly – and that means a good deal more than merely looking with the eye.” – Kimon Nicolaides

Read More and Sign up to Reserve Your Space - click below.


Monday, January 18, 10am - 3pm EST: Watercolor Simplified – Mastering the Basics, (an up close and personal zoom workshop)

Masla, Unrecognized Essential Workers Series: Farmers (tonal study)
watercolor on 6.5" x 15" Gemini cold press paper

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at watercolor but didn't because you always heard it was“the most difficult of all painting mediums” or tried it, but gave up in frustration because it “didn't seem to work the way I expected”. Actually, watercolor is no more difficult to master than any other painting medium, it is really about gaining an understanding of it's unique attributes and charchteristics and then applying principles related to them with practice. Join artist Robert Masla, who has been painting in watercolor and oil for over 50 years in this relaxed and informative workshop. We will start at the very beginning, understanding paper, brushes and pigments – and their relationship to water. Through a series of paint along demonstrations Masla will lead you in the dance of watercolor painting.You will be given the tools, exercises and principles to practice and gain the understanding of the give and take between the artist, the paint and the water that brings mastery to watercolor painting. This class is ideal for the beginner or artist that hasn't painted in watercolor in a while or intermediate that wishes to strengthen their knowledge and practice and mastery of watecolor painting

Register now at the Museum School click here!
or call Jeane Fontaine Courses & Travel Curator 413-314-6482

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021: Oil & Acrylic Painting: Rocks & Water

Masla, Wave Dance, Oil on linen, 24" x 36"

Bring a little feeling of summer into your home studio this winter, join artist Robert Masla as he leads you in this fun and informative workshop revealing principles and techniques for painting convincing rocks and water with either oil or acrylic paint. Rock, the most solid of the earth elements has it's own unique charachteristics. Learn some of the tools and techniques an artist can use to convince the viewer of its mass, wieght, texture, and other things relative to making them a convincing part within a composition.Of all the elements of landscape, water is perhaps the most elusive, hardest to pin down and paint -especially when it is constantly moving! Learn about the qualities of water - how we see liquids, reflection, refraction, opacity and transparency and how you can create the illusions that simulate the sense, not only of water, but water in motion. Masla shares with you both simple and fast techniques for capturing the feeling of rocks and water, both moving water as well as giving you an in-depth understanding of waters different properties. He will describe the anatomy of waves, and perception of both still and moving water, of mist and atmosphere. After experiencing this in-depth workshop, when you paint, either in plein air or the studio, you will have both a better understanding of what you are seeing and want to portray as well as greater ability through knowledge and technique, to express it.

Register now at the Museum School click here!
or call Jeane Fontaine Courses & Travel Curator 413-314-6482

Some dates will be posted below in the Spring, for Summer & Fall, (more dates to be announced as they come up) - Masla Studios North, Ashfield MA

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.

A Distant View, (Manadnock from Brown Rd.), plein air Cobra oil on 24"x 36" canvas on panel

Classes at Studios North are always small, at this time I am limiting workshops to only 6 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.

Masla, A Hint of Autumn, plein air, Cobra oil on 18" x 24" canvas

- Returning Studio North Participants Receive a $25. discount on the weekend retreat!
Dates for 2021 Studio North Weekends (Satuday, and or Sunday - 9:30am - 5pm, have not yet been posted. Proper social distancing and mask wearing is mandatory to participate in order to help protect all involved. Call or write to make sure space is available, some dates may change, check back periodically):

Join me for painting in
Rural New England this Summer
Dates to be announced this Spring

- Studio painting if inclement weather

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