Plein-air painting

Sundays 8:00 - 11:00 am

6 classes: $450

Starts May 26th, 2019


Karen Maness



Class Description:

Enter the fun and unique challenge of plein-air painting outdoors. This class is developed to teach oil painting onsite at various locations in Austin, Texas, learning about atmospheric perspective, composition, mark making, edge control, and color mixing. We will paint both natural landscape environments and architecture in Austin, working from early morning until the heat of the Texas day kicks in and the light begins to shift around 11:00am.

Supply List:

  •  Palette for paint mixing, or disposable grey pallet paper (ideal). I use a glass palette and keep it in my easel box.

  • Portable Easel-French Easel, Open M Box on a tripod, Plein Air Easel, any variety will work. 

  • Palette Knife-(I prefer the longer springy metal knives around 3” long, a wide variety exists)

  • Paper Towels

  • Plastic Wrap-(for saving mixed paint)

  • Trash bag for collecting used paper towels.

  • Painting Surface-Any kind of canvas or board that has been coated with gesso and toned some neutral color like grey. You can use hardboard (masonite) from Home Depot and coat with 3 coats of gesso front and back. Home Depot will cut it down for you. Or you may purchase pre-gessoed panels or canvases. Variety of sizes welcome, I will work between 8”x10” to 12”x16”. Please bring at least one prepared surface per class.

  • Brushes-A variety of sizes.  I prefer Flats, Filberts and Brights.  Grey Matter series of flat synthetic bristle brushes by Jack Richeson, and Richeson Signature Series filbert and flat brushes, series 9822, 9628 and 9626 are some good options.

  • Paints-There are two types of paint - Artist Grade and Student Grade. The Artist Grade is MUCH easier to control. If you’re a beginner and money is an issue, just buy a few colors - Cad Red Medium, Cad Yellow Medium, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Umber and Titanium White. Then, as you continue along you can work your way up to expensive paint.  You are free to work in either Oil or Acrylic, but not both.  They will not intermix.  

    • Burnt Umber

    • Alizarin Crimson

    • Cadmium Red Light

    • Cadmium Yellow Light

    • Veridian

    • Sap Green

    • Cerulean Blue

    • Cobalt Blue

    • Ultramarine Blue

    • Dioxazine Purple

    • Permalba Black

    • Titanium White

  • Spray bottle(for Acrylics) (not required, but nice to keep your paints wet in your pallet)

  • Water Container (for Acrylics)

  • Solvent (Gamsol) container (for Oils) If you’re going to bring solvent, I recommend Gamsol - a lot of artists don’t use thinners while painting - please bring it in a small container with a lid like an old jam jar if you’re just starting.

  • Linseed oil- small containerfor thinning oil paint

Plein Air painting Survival Kit

  • Water Bottle

  • Sunscreen

  • Hat

  • Insect repellent

  • Chair if you need to sit or to rest your palette on while working

  • Snacks 

  • Coffee $ (we may be painting strategically near coffee shops)

  • Camera

  • Humor