Plein Air Wednesdays

Photo of a woman with a viewfinder

A student finds the best composition before starting her painting.

This Spring, spend time painting au plein air at several beautiful great East Bay outdoor locations. Whether you are a beginner or a more advanced painting student, you will enjoy discovering beginner-friendly painting spots, and improving your technique in the company of new friends. You’ll receive support through the difficulties of painting outdoors.

Learn how to paint the sights you love with as much or as little feedback as you desire. Use the media of your choice. I can help you with acrylic, oil, watercolor, gouache or pastel. We’ll spend two weeks at each painting location so that students can either begin a new painting or complete the one begun in the previous session.

This class is taught on Wednesdays, from 12-3 pm. Each class consists of a rotating 30 min introduction to painting concepts that may be a demo or a discussion with examples, followed by 2+ hours of painting. Locations are announced well in advance of the first day of class. You will receive accurate driving instructions and Rebeca’s phone in case you get lost.

Do not register on this website, because the Plein Air Wednesdays class is part of the Richmond Art Center’s Studio Program. Please go to to their site instead and register soon as this class is very popular.

This is a rough outline of the class, subject to revisions:

April 4, Session 1 at Blake Garden
Get to know each other, review of materials, supplies and gear. Goals for the class. Aspect ratios. How to use a viewfinder.

April 11, Session 2 at Blake Garden
How to begin a landscape painting part 1. Safer painting practices.

April 18, Session 3 at Crest Avenue
How to begin a landscape painting part 2. Using a viewfinder.

April 25, Session 4 at Crest Avenue
Selecting pigments for a Bay Area landscape. Limited palettes.

May 2, Session 5 at Meeker Slough
Determining a focal point.

May 9, Session 6 at Meeker Slough
The role of values in a landscape.

May 16, Session 7 at Lake Anza
Foreground, middle ground, background. Aerial perspective.

May 23, Session 8 at Lake Anza
The cell phone as a tool of the landscape painter. Revising from photos.

May 30, Session 9 at Miller Knox
The dangers of overpainting.

June 6, Possible Extended Session
Save this date in case I get sick and we need to have a makeup session. Location TBD

Bad Weather
Bad weather is defined as double-digit wind speeds, rain, cold temperatures in the fifties, all-day thick fog, or a dangerous heat wave. Please note that in the event of bad weather the session you will be notified via email and the session will be carried out in the painting studio of the Richmond Art Center, 12 – 3 pm. Please bring unfinished work and reference photos to work from.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]