Plein Air Art Workshops

Materials List

For oil or acrylic painting, watercolor -

  1. Easel – You can bring any kind that fits into your car. You don’t need to go out and purchase a French easel. It won’t improve your work!
  2. Paints – I suggest including Ivory Black in your list of favorite colors. Mixed with yellow it makes a wonderful shade of green.
  3. Paint Brushes – Whatever you have on hand.
  4. Pallet Knife
  5. Pallet – Better to have a pallet that you can hold in your hand. Paper pallets are hard to secure and keep from blowing around if the wind comes up.
  6. Canvas – You want to have a canvas size that permits you to paint a study or completed painting in a minimum of two hours. I use 8” x 10” or 12” x 12”, 9” x 12” or 11” x 14” canvas.
  7. Container for water for “water-based oils” or acrylics.
  8. Paper Towels – I have a bungee cord that I slip through the paper towel roll and attach to my easel.
  9. Trash bag – to put your used paper towels  
  10. Handy wipes – to help clean up your hands so you can drive home.
  11. Smock or Apron – Unless you are wearing your favorite painting clothes, don’t forget to bring something to cover up.
  12. Water Bottle – Hydrate while being outside.
  13. Newspaper, Towel or Cardboard Box – To transport your wet painting home. Unless you want to patina your car.
  14. Camera – To record what you are painting for further reference.
  15. Head Covering
  16. Painting Gloves – get some gardening gloves, so your don’t have to worry about cleaning your hand afterwards.
  17. Sunglasses
  18. Sunscreen
  19. Sturdy Shoes
  20. Bug repellant
  21. Smile – We are going to have a great time.

For oil pastel, pastel or pen & ink drawing -

  1. Comfortable lawn chair
  2. Your drawing paper taped to a drawing board
  3. Masking tape
  4. Extra drawing paper
  5. Oil pastels
  6. Paper Towels
  7. Trash Bag – to put your used paper towels
  8. Handy wipes – to help clean up your hands so you can drive home.
  9. Smock or Apron – Unless you are wearing your favorite painting clothes, don’t forget to bring something to cover up.
  10. Water Bottle – Hydrate while being outside.
  11. Camera – To record what you are painting for further reference.
  12. Head Covering
  13. Sunglasses
  14. Sunscreen
  15. Sturdy Shoes
  16. Bug repellant
  17. Smile – We are going to have a great time.

Other workshops will be scheduled through the year.

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