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

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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!