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Mississippi River Arts Workshops

Welcome to Mississippi River Arts Workshops. Our initiative was organized in late 2014 by Dubuque area artists and arts supporters who recognize the unique beauty of the community and surroundings. Our goal is to create events for artists which explore and capitalize on this natural and man-created beauty. We will focus initially on painting, but will broaden our focus as we move forward.

Why Paint in Dubuque

Dubuque, IA, is settled on the bluffs and flats of the Mississippi at the juncture of Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Geographically, this is part of the Driftless Area, a small area of the US that escaped glaciation. The area was left with a hilly topography and is replete with meadows, forests, creek valleys, and of course Mississippi River vistas and close-up riverfront views. First settled by the French fur trader Julien Dubuque in 1785, and chartered in 1838, Dubuque also has a historic architecture of homes, neighborhoods, storefronts, churches, industrial buildings, and bridges. It's park system includes several parks with spectacular Mississippi overlooks and a large mature arboretum with a Japanese garden. All of this provides a rich and varied pallet of painting opportunities.

June 2018 Workshops


Mississippi River Art Workshops is fortunate to have two of the top landscape artists from the Midwest teaching in Dubuque this June.  Tom Christopher specializes in pastel painting on textured surfaces.  His work recently received Best of Show Award at the International Association of Pastel Societies annual competition.

John Preston, whose work has been widely collected in the Midwest, is an expert at quickly sizing up a landscape, creating a composition, and capturing a mood.  His past classes have been highly praised for his teaching and mentoring.

Mississippi River Art Workshops prides itself in offering its workshops at extremely competitive pricing.  We have also reserved blocks of rooms in historic downtown Dubuque at $55 per night. 

To enhance your experience in Dubuque, each workshop will include an evening Dinner with the instructor at a local restaurant.




Registration Materials:     Painting Pastel with Texture and Composition with Tom Christopher




Registration Materials:     Painting Plein Air in a Mississippi River City with John Preston