This Summer, 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.All locations are in Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito, Richmond and Hercules in beautiful places. They will be announced on 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. Go to the RAC site instead and register soon as this class is very popular. They ask that you please register before the first class.
This is a rough outline of the class:
July 11, Session 1 at Blake Garden, Kensington
Get to know each other, review of materials, supplies and gear. Goals for the class. Aspect ratios. How to use a viewfinder.
July 18, Session 2 at Blake Garden, Kensington
How to begin a landscape painting part 1. Foreground, middle ground, background.
July 25, Session 3 at the Crest Avenue Trailhead, Point Richmond
How to begin a landscape painting part 2. Focal point.
Aug 1, Session 4 at Point Molate Beach Park, Richmond
Selecting pigments for a Bay Area landscape. Limited palettes.
Aug 8, Session 5 at TBA
Priorities, planning your time. The dangers of overpainting
Aug 15, Session 6 at TBA
The role of values in a landscape.
Aug 22, Session 7 at TBA
The cell phone as a tool of the landscape painter.
Aug 29, Session 8 at TBA
Revising from photos.
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.