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2 Day Plein Air Workshop Callanwolde

Let’s get outside and start painting! Enjoy the challenge of working outside with the companionship of fellow artists.  

The course will begin covering the basic approach, discussing different types of easels, ways to set up, what colors to start with, and tips for traveling with your painting gear. We will work at 1 or 2 locations a day. Each one will start with a demo on how to start and talk about composition and editing.  There will be an emphasis on working with a limited palette and color mixing and keep you colors clean (no muddy colors) Demonstrations will continue as well as working one on one with the students as you work on your paintings. All levels welcome. Appropriate for beginners. The class will be taught using oils. Please contact instructor at with any questions. Dawn has been painting in plein air events all across the US and is the founder of the Atlanta Plein Air group. “I find that painting on location has helped me focus on what’s really important to me about the scene and take more risks both on location and in the studio.”

New to plein air?  Here are a few tips to help get you started.


Easel One that is easy to carry

palette - Wooden palette that you can clip to your easel or disposable. I use a 12 x 16 wooden palette that fits in my wet canvas carrier

Wet canvas or panel carrier

Paints - I suggest a simple palette to start with

White - a big tube, a cool red and blue, a warm red and blue, and yellow

Example of colors

Hansa Yellow or Cad Yellow Light - something similar

Alizarin Crimson or Permanent Rose(cool) Cadmium Red or Hue

Phtalo Blue Green Shade

I also like Sap Green and Yellow Ochre as a great mixing colors

Any other colors that make you happy

Canvas or panels. I usually use 9x12, 11x14, 12x12, 12x16pick a few in each size.  4 - 6x8 - a good size for quick studies

If you have a backpack or large shoulder bag that most of your supplies will fit in – A HUGE help.

Paper towels, baby wipes, & trash bag

A variety of brushes and palette knife of your choice

Brush cleaner and container with a tight lid to keep from spilling

Any medium you use to thin your paint. 

Sketch book and pencil   

If working in oils you will mix a lot of your colors. If working in acrylic, you might bring more pre mixed colors to help with dry time. Also a retarder and spray bottle for misting the color and a container for water to clean brushes

Other helpful items

Hat - cover your face and ears

Sunscreen and bug spray

Umbrella - to use as a sunscreen

Back pack to put all supplies in.

Gloves for your hands . I don’t like plastic because they are too sweaty!

Chair and or table only if you want to carry it!

Bottled water and a snack.

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes

Earlier Event: September 21
Painting Studio for all levels
Later Event: July 11
Tuesday Evening Painting Studio