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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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