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En plein air is a French expression that means “in the open air.” It is used by artists to describe the art of outdoor painting, capturing landscapes and views in natural light. … Plein air painting is about leaving the four walls of your studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. The practice goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists.

Join artist Gaylon Thomspon for this one day workshop. Gaylon has taught painting and drawing classes at Tinker AFB for 20 years, and has been plein air painting for the last 15 years.

This is an introduction to Plein-Air Painting.  Open to all media.  You are not expected to have all the equipment listed.  Just bring what you have.

Workshop will be held at the Fine Arts Institute

Plein Air Supply List:
1 Canvas Panel   no larger than 11×14
Paper towels
Portable palette

collapsible easel
lightweight paint box and tripod folding stool
paints, brushes, palette knife
solvent and painting medium
wet-panel carrier
small plastic trash bags
Small sketch pad and pencils
Paints:  warms and cools of primary colors (red, yellow, blue)
Earth colors such as yellow ochre, raw sienna, burnt umber, white


  • Saturday Workshop
    March 30, 2019
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm