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The idea of Plein Air is to have artists of all types and levels paint at the same place, enjoy each others company, and learn from one another. If enough interest is shown, this could potentially turn into a competition.

Plein Air is the French word referring to painting landscape outdoors on the site. If you always paint from a photo, you are training your eye to see as a camera sees, which is different from the way our eye wants to see naturally. Both practices are valid, but a photo can tell you only a small fraction of what your eye can tell you.

Plein Air is immediate, direct, and all about capturing the relationships not the details. It is also about a few challenges, such as rapidly changing light, weather, bugs, “did I bring everything”— you get the idea.

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If you don’t have a lightweight easel, three French Easels are available to check out from the school along with various art materials that are available at a low cost from our supply store.

You might like to bring:
Your art materials (any media)
Water
Picnic lunch
Sunblock
Bug spray (we will be in the woods)
Hat
Good shoes for climbing around the rocks
Camera for further reference

If you have any questions please call Catherine at 276-706-4010 or Bepe at 801-318-8419.