Beginning/Intermediate Plein Air Painting

CE 15 : 

non-credit – in person

  • Dates: July 13 -August 3
  • Times: 5:30 – 8:30 PM
  • Meetings: 4
  • Days: Wednesdays
  • Instructor: Jason Ward


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Plein Air painting takes us outdoors where we respond directly to what the landscape has to offer. We’ll start by discussing the features of the landscape and some strategies for how to get the most out of our time painting. We’ll focus on finding a compelling composition, the use of color and tone, understanding the effects of atmospheric perspective to create a convincing sense of depth, as well as methods for rendering specific features of the scene. We end each class with a brief critique. This class will be open to all mediums. NOTE: If this class is held indoors, due to weather, we will be working from a shared reference.

This class must meet minimum enrollment by July 6th. 

***Please read our CCE Safety Checklist before joining us on campus***

Supply List

-Paints (Oils or Acrylics): Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, Titanium White,
Burnt Umber, Burnt Sieanna, Windsor Newton make good quality inexpensive acrylic paints.

-Brushes: A variety of brush sizes and shapes for Acrylic paints.

-Palette Knife

-Palette: Glass, wood, or plastic artist palettes are best, a pad of palette paper is fine. Avoid
water color palettes, paper plates, tin foil, or other non-palette surfaces

-Canvas, Panel, or Heavy Bodied Paper surface: canvas will need several coats of gesso to
give a smooth surface, Masonite, MDF, or Birchwood panel may only need one or two coats of
gesso, Watercolor or Bristle Velum paper may only need one coat of gesso *Note paper may
curl or wrinkle while applying gesso, if so keep your coats thing and press paper under weight
for a few hours.

-Water Jar

-Paper Towels

-Graphite: Pencils or stick, heavy body paper, drawing board, variety of erasers, blending tools

-Charcoal, or Conte: Pencils or stick, heavy body paper, drawing board, variety of erasers,
blending tools

Optional Materials: 

Travel easel and camera

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