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Plein Air Classes: Taking Our Easels (& iPads) Outside

Three skies, painted by (left to right) Mike Francis, oil; Fred Markham, oil; and Bobbi Pratte, iPad.
Three skies: details from paintings by (left to right) Mike Francis, oil; Fred Markham, oil; and Bobbi Pratte, iPad.

At The Art League School, the world is our classroom, and what better time than the spring to take advantage of that? We have several classes coming up for painters in all media — including digital — who want to venture en plein air to capture the landscape.

Alkyd paint
Some plein air painters use alkyd paint, like the Winsor & Newton carried in The Art League Store, for oil-like results with a much faster drying time.

These classes and workshops meet outside. Grab your easel and click the links to register!

  • Weekend in the Plein Air Landscape ($90, April 26–27)
    This weekend workshop with Mike Francis meets for two afternoon painting sessions on the Potomac.
  • Art on the Go … With Your iPad ($95, Sunday, April 27)
    This one-day workshop on the iPad, a “sketchbook on steroids,” explores the possibilities of painting apps for the plein air artist. Read more from instructor Bobbi Pratte.
  • Landscape Painting ($150, Saturdays starting May 3)
    This class with Fred Markham focuses on composition, value organization, and color relation, with demonstrations for painters new to plein air.
  • Gouache for Field Studies & More ($175, May 17–18)
    This weekend workshop with Diane Tesler covers the use of gouache, or opaque watercolor, which combines the portability of watercolor with the flexibility of oil or pastel.
Instructor Fred Markham demonstrating at the 2009 plein air event Paint Alexandria.
Instructor Fred Markham demonstrating at the 2009 plein air event Paint Alexandria.

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