Plein Air

(French for "In Open Air")

Plein Air painting, outdoor painting, resulted in the innovation of portable box easels and premixed paint in tubes. It became a major component in 19th century Impressionism and was practiced by artists like Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

Our Plein Air classes are designed to bring you the full outdoor painting experience. It is the perfect excuse to grab a few friends, slather on sunscreen and drink in some of the best views the Bay Area has to offer. You will get settled in front of one of our iconic wooden easels and relax with an afternoon of light guided instruction, soothing bay breezes, and painted bliss. Follow along as one of our instructors breaks down a scene into easy-to-follow steps, or turn your easel to the view of your choice and go rogue

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Plein Air workshops are three hours in acrylic..but you'll hardly notice the time. In fact, most participants decide to stay a little longer to get the details just right. 


Wear layers in preparation for unexpected climate. Don't get fancy for us. A hat and sunglasses make a huge difference, and don't forget the sunscreen! 


We do our best to schedule our workshops on the sunniest of days, but sometimes the fog rolls in and winds kick up. We'll keep an eye on the weather and send an email the morning of the scheduled class on the off-chance that we need to cancel. 



Our workshop schedule will resume in the spring! Stay tuned.


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