Essential Plein Air

 January 4, 11, 18 & 25    9am-12pm

Plein air is a game-changer!

Have you considered Plein Air painting but felt awkward getting started? Are you wondering what Plein Air even IS?  

Plein Air painting, or painting what you see out in the open air, is an excellent way to hone your skills by forcing you to paint with a sense of urgency as the light changes quickly. You will learn to make decisions and edit in new ways.

Here’s a 4 week course that will walk with you step-by-step step while you learn how to paint and SEE more quickly.

  • Jan 4 – “What to paint and why”
  • Jan 11 – “Color Issues”
  • Jan 18 – “Simplify for Sanity”
  • Jan 25 – “Top 4 Things that mess up your painting”

Where: 5950 Sam Shapos Way on the first day

Time:     Mondays, 9am-noon

Register Online or Call NPAC  941.423.6460

Price $60

Optional $10 Supply Rental Payable to the Instructor

Easel, 4 canvas, brushes, and acrylic paints for the day’s lesson

*Classes will take place outdoors so please dress accordingly -we will aim for shady areas but be prepared for heat and sunshine.

As an art teacher with over 40 years experience, I always suggest that my students take up plein air painting (painting outside, what you see) because it is an effective way to improve your painting skills and for the beginners, it will help you to paint what you see. And I often call plein air painting extreme art because it can be very challenging. That is why I am offering “Essential Plein Air” where you will develop what I believe to be the most essential concepts in creating artwork that not only looks real but more importantly FEELS REAL. I look forward to showing you this game-changing way to paint.

~ Clare Harvey

Questions? Email Clare Harvey at

Print or download the Supply List Below

Plein Air Supply List


  • French easel – We do have a few to rent, or talk to me.

  • Paints: Acrylics, Oils, or Water-soluble Oils – I will be using acrylics for the first lessons Colors: Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Ultramarine Blue, Crimson Red, and thalo green

  • At least 3 varied brushes ranging from: a 3/4” Flat/Gazing or smaller flat shading brush, to a small round detail brush

  • Two canvas panels -8×10 or 9×12

  • Water bowl to clean brushes

  • Rags – old hand towels work perfectly

  • Apron

  • PalletNot segmented

  • Hat for shade- a must

  • Sun block – a must

  • Bug repellant

  • Snack / Bottled Water

  • Sense of humor!