Mastering Nocturnes with Debra Howard

    Visual Arts Classroom
    Presented by
    Thursday, 5:00 - 10:00 PM
    Grade Range
    Adult - Adult
    Age Range


    Member tuition
    Non-member tuition

    $150.00 (become a member)

    10% discount for CTAC Members March 1-31
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    Registration opens on March 1 at 9 am!

    Please contact the front desk at 231-941-9488 if you have any questions.


    Plein Air nocturnes, steal the show.

    They impart drama and a surprising perspective on the world. Did you know that there is a completely different palette to a nocturne? That all you were taught about shadows goes out the window, as light sources come from many directions? That you don’t use black and that a nocturne is full of jewel toned colors?

    You’ll learn the secrets of a successful nocturne in this one evening, studio/plein air workshop. We’ll start in the studio at 5pm with a discussion and demo of the art of the nocturne and then head outside to paint along 6th Street, by 7pm

    Students can bring their own supplies. You can use oil, acrylic or watercolor, but i will only be demonstrating in oil.

    Bring a prepared canvas or panel. See materials list for more details.

    Debra Howard Nocturne Plein Air Paintings


    Members register by March 31 to save $12.50!  

    (not a member yet? Join today!)

    $125 for Crooked Tree members

    $150 for non-members


    Supplies provided
    Art Area
    Visual Arts

    Debra Howard

    Cancellation & Class Policies

    COVID-19 Policy for Classes (after 4/1/22)

    The following COVID-19 related policies are in place for classes that begin after April 1, 2022:

    Face Coverings (updated 4/1/22)
    As of April 1 and in accordance with the lifting of the mask recommendation by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, masks are not required for CTAC classes that begin after April 1*. However, should COVID-19 pandemic conditions change, CTAC will continue to follow local/state health department guidelines on masking, and will update class registrants via email and our website accordingly in the event of a change in requirements.

    *Some classes may still require masking, and that will be noted clearly in the class description.

    Students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or who have recently tested positive should not come to class, and should follow the CDC guidelines on quarantining and masking.

    Symptoms of Covid-19 include: Fever or chills; cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fatigue; muscle or body aches; headache; loss of taste or smell; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; diarrhea.

    Students and instructors should sanitize their hands upon class arrival and departure. Hand sanitizer and surface disinfectant will be available onsite.


    Cancellation Policy for Traverse City Classes (In-Person)

    Student Withdrawal
    Requests for cancellation by the student at least seven (7) days prior to the first day of class will be honored (minus a $20 processing fee).  NO REFUNDS will be given for a student cancellation made less than seven (7) days in advance of the first day of the class.

    Class Cancellations (Weather)
    In the event of inclement weather, CTAC-TC will announce the cancellation on its website and phone system (231-941-9488). We will do our best to provide a make-up opportunity for the missed class. Refunds will not be given if the student is unable to attend the rescheduled session of class. Please note that CTAC-TC does not follow Traverse City Area Public School closings.

    Student Absence
    We are unable to offer refunds or make-up sessions for classes missed due to student absence.

    Minimum Enrollment
    Crooked Tree Arts Center reserves the right to cancel any class that does not meet its minimum student enrollment prior to the first class session. If a class is cancelled by CTAC for lack of enrollment, CTAC will offer a full refund to the student in the manner in which tuition was paid. (Cash payments will be refunded by check.)