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Plein Air Painting
May 9, 16, 23 &30, 2017
5:30 – 7:30 pm
(Class size is limited to 15)
Adult – Series $85
Member – Series $68
Class instructor will supply all materials


This class is a way to create a “tool kit” for approaching the centuries old tradition of plein air painting (French for “in the open air”). Students will learn a variety of foundation techniques and tools, which will act as building blocks and skills to improve the painter’s abilities while painting and drawing in open air.

Course outline

Week one (May 9):   Foundation techniques – small scale surface
     Method- thumbnail tabs, finding compositions, sketching/washing in color

Week two (May 16):   Blocking in and value gauging- small scale surface
     Method- “squinting to see technique”, blocking in large areas, picking out color climate/tonality

Week three (May 23): Adding information and working with time limits/ sunlight changes-option to work larger
      Method-  working from large to small areas. Mark making and impact with simplicity in brush choice

Week four (May 30):   Collective studies – option to work larger or on size of choice
      Method- applying learned course techniques with open interpretation and freedom of abstraction and expression

Instructor: Diane Overmyer

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