art instruction

Plein Air Fridays

Photo of a female student in front of an easel.

Working in perspective to capture the vast expanse that is the Slough.

This summer, spend Fridays 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 Friday afternoons, from 1-4 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.

Please register at this site. This class is being taught by me and is not associated with any institution. You must register before the first day of class.

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

July 6, 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 13, Session 2 at Blake Garden, Kensington
How to begin a landscape painting part 1. Foreground, middle ground, background.

July 20, Session 3 at Miller Knox Regional Park
How to begin a landscape painting part 2. Editing elements out.

July 27, Session 4 at Miller Knox Regional Park
Selecting pigments for a Bay Area landscape. Limited palettes.

Aug 3, No Class

Aug 10, Session 5 Point Molate Beach Park, Richmond
Priorities, planning your time. The dangers of overpainting

Aug 17, Session 6 Point Molate Beach Park, Richmond
The role of values in a landscape.

Aug 24, Session 7 at Aquatic Park South, Emeryville
The cell phone as a tool of the landscape painter.

Aug 31, Session 8 at Aquatic Park South, Emeryville
Revising from photos. Making a personal plan for your continued learning.

Bad Weather
Please note that in the unlikely event of bad weather, the session will be canceled. Bad weather is defined as double-digit wind speeds, rain, temperatures in the fifties, all-day fog, or a heat wave. All students will be notified via phone and class will be extended an additional week.


Registration fees can only be refunded in full if canceled up to three days (72 hrs) before class. With less than 72 hrs but more than 24 hrs notice, you receive 75% of your registration. If you give less than 24 hrs notice and do not attend the first class, you’ll receive 50% of the registration fee. No refund will be given to students who attend the first class but decide not to continue.

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