Plein Air Painting Class

Category: Arts - Visual

Event Date:

Saturday, October 14, 2017


9:00 am - 2:00 pm


To Be Determined
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Lindsay Williams




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Event Details:


Saturday, October 14th from 9:00am to 2:00pm
Instructor: Aaron Pickens
Skill Level: Any, though some painting experience would be helpful.

$50, register at link or by calling 419.352.9501.

(Aaron has offered his Plein Air classes exclusively in our Bowling Green location, but we're hipping you to the October date because this show's likely going on the road to Toledo... This next offering is tentatively scheduled a bit further from BG - in Toledo's beautiful new riverfront Middlegrounds Metropark! We've moved the time to 9am - originally 8 - to give you some wiggle room and travel time. Hope to see you October 14th!)

This class will be an introduction to painting the landscape on location from direct observation. In other words alla prima plein air. It will cover how to simplify the complexities of the landscape, how to block in the painting, and efficient color mixing. In addition, the workshop will cover the inherent difficulties of painting out in the field, such as how to cope with the changing light and evolving landscape. By the end of the workshop, students will have a minimum of one painting developed. The paintings produced will be simplistic, and should be regarded as visual note taking of color, composition, and drawing. 

This workshop is best for adults, and students with a minimal background in painting and drawing.

As a note, the landscape is the most unforgiving subject to paint from life. However it is also the greatest teacher. Therefore, in order to produce a successful landscape sketch, it will take commitment and a number of attempts, so be prepared. 

The class will be 5 hours long starting in the early morning to avoid the summer heat. It is encouraged to bring some food, and water and appropriate clothing. Consider sunscreen! Finally, it is best to wear a large brimmed hat so you can see color accurately. Students will be notified of the location for each plein air session a week prior to the date.

Regarding paints, you'll want to bring or buy a warm and cool primary set of pigments, preferably oils. Here is an ideal palette:

Here is an ideal palette:

Titanium White
Arylide/Hansa Yellow (cool)
Cadmium Yellow Medium (warm)
Cadmium Red (warm)
Quinacridone Red (cool)
Ultramarine Blue (warm)
Cobalt Blue (cool) or Cerulean Blue (cool)

**Although a warm and cool primary set of pigments is preferable, a single primary set plus a green would also be sufficient.

A mixing tray / Palette
At least one medium sized canvas or panel (8" x 10" would be excellent)
Shop Towels
Plastic Bags
Appropriate Clothing for the Weather (We Paint Rain or Shine!) 
Large Brimmed Hat
Mineral Spirits / Thinner

In addition to the supplies, students will need to make their materials/equipment portable. For plein air painting, artists typically have a pochade box, or French Easel to carry their pigments, boards, brushes, and palette. It will make your painting excursion significantly easier but will be a bit of an investment. I suggest conducting a little research before attending the workshop to ensure that you're ready to go.

Please register as soon as you plan on attending. Classes that don't reach the minimum number of students required will be canceled 48 hours before the first day of class. Last minute registrations are accepted if class minimum is met and space allows.

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