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Plein Air Painting Workshop    NEW!

Class Overview 

Immerse yourself in the exhilarating practice of painting outdoors in this workshop. Create your own unique painting and gain skills so you can continue to paint “plein air” (the French phrase for "outdoors") on your own in the future.

Learn about tools, materials and techniques for plein air painting. Explore the landscape color wheel and practices for mixing colors for the outdoors. We will explore the history and traditions around plein air painting, as well as the techniques. Classes will meet at a various locations outdoors that will be inspiring for painting -- see below.

No experience needed, just a willingness to learn. Be sure to dress so you will be comfortable outdoors.
 

Learning Objectives

  • Techniques for plein air painting
  • Materials for painting plein air and how to use them
  • Light, shadow, composition, observation, color, style, format and presentation 
  • Appreciation of plein air painting by looking at examples in art history 
  • Connection to art in an outdoor environment

 

Who Might Enjoy This Class? 

  • Anyone interested in learning the techniques for plein air painting
  • Painters interested in focusing on the specific techniques of plein air
  • Anyone seeking a new experience to make winter more interesting

 

Supplies Needed

Paints: acrylics, oils or watercolors – your choice!

For Acrylic or Oil Painting:

Students must bring canvas, (recommended size 9" x 12"), one new canvas for each session.

Oil painters will also need Gamsol and Linseed Oil, or Zest it and Linseed Oil.

 

For Watercolor Painting:

Watercolor paper, or a small watercolor pad; one sheet of watercolor paper for each class.

 

Everyone must bring:

Paints, palette, two cups, a small bottle of water, paint brushes, and a rag. 

A lightweight, aluminum, tripod, foldable, Plein Air easel is recommended. 

Paint Colors:

  • Titanium White
  • Hansa Yellow, Cadmium, or Lemon Yellow
  • Napthol Red
  • Phthalo Green, or a Dark Green
  • Ultramarine Blue or Prussian Blue
  • Raw Sienna
  • Mars or Ivory Black
  • Optional but recommended, a bright Cerulean Blue

 

Summer 2024 Meeting Locations:

  1. Rose Garden at Woodland Park - Entrance to rose garden.
  2. In Madison Park - Near park bathrooms across the street from McGilvra 's restaurant.
  3. Volunteer Park - On steps of the Asian Art Museum.
  4. South Lake Union - Outside entrance to Museum of History and Industy (MOHAI) Museum. 
  5. Arboretum - At bus stop #11 on East Madison Street and Lake Washington Blvd.
  6. Madrona Park -  Lake Washington at the T-Dock.
  7. University of Washington - At the Drumheller Fountain.
  8. On the steps of the Fremont Google campus, on the waterfront - In Fremont Park, directly facing the canal. 
 

Welcome to Continuing Education

Continuing Education is the non-credit department of Seattle Central College.  Our classes are for professional development/career enhancement or personal enrichment and are designed for adults in the community.  Continuing Education classes not not qualify for college transcription, tuition waivers or financial aid.  Students may request a certificate upon successful completion.

Questions?  Please visit our Frequently Asked CE Questions page for more information!

 

Plein Air Painting Workshop  

6/28/2024 To 8/16/2024 Instructor: Georgetta Gancarz
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM                                                                  16 Class Hours                                                                                  
Sessions: 8 F Room: SC - Off Campus - 3400000, ,
   
Fee: $239.00  
Item: Summer17105
  • Format/Location: Off-campus, Off campus
  • Schedule Notes: All sessions meet in-person and off-campus. (1) Rose Garden at Woodland Park - Entrance to Rose Garden. (2) In Madison Park - Near Park Bathrooms. Across the street from McGilvra 's restaurant. (3) Volunteer Park - On steps of the Asian Art Museum. (4) South Lake Union - Outside entrance to MOHAI Museum. (5) Arboretum - At bus stop #11 on East Madison Street and Lake Washington Blvd. (6) Madrona Park - Lake Washington at the T-Dock. (7) University of Washington - At the Drumheller Fountain. (8) On the steps of the Fremont Google campus, on the WATERFRONT - In Fremont Park, directly facing the canal.
We are unable to process registrations within 3 hours of the start timeon 6/28/2024.
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