Instructor: Aaron Pickens
Skill Level: Basic knowledge of drawing and painting suggested. No plein air experience necessary.
Age: Adults, 18+
The third Saturday of every month, May - September from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dates: June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15, 2018
This is not a multi-session class, each class is separate and students should register for each date individually. Because students meet off-site at the painting location, registrations are accepted and processed for this workshop at both locations. It is the same workshop being advertised in both Toledo and Bowling Green. 

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.  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 3-4 days prior to the date via email from the instructor or The Art Supply Depo.

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. If you have any questions about the right tools/equipment, send an email to Aaron at

Regarding paints, you'll want to bring or buy a warm and cool primary set of pigments, preferably oils. 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
Sun block, bug spray
Beverage and snack

***Please read our class cancellation policy before registering by clicking here.***

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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