Plein Air Painting Workshop

Plein Air Painting Workshop - Georgetta Gancarz - Continuing Education at Seattle Central College

Class Overview 

Immerse yourself in the exhilarating practice of painting outdoors in this special two-session workshop. Create your own unique painting and gain skills so you can continue to paint “plein air” on your own in the future.

Learn about tools, materials and techniques for plein air painting. Explore the landscape color wheel and practices for mixing colors for the outdoors. The first class will be indoors and include a look at art history to appreciate techniques used in plein air painting. The second class will meet at a location outdoors that will be inspiring for painting.

No experience needed, just a willingness to learn. Be sure to dress so you will be comfortable outdoors.


Learning Objectives

  • Techniques for plein air painting.
  • Materials for painting plein air and how to use them
  • Light, shadow, composition, observation, color, style, format and presentation 
  • Appreciation of plein air painting by looking at examples in art history 
  • Connection to art in an outdoor environment


Who Might Enjoy This Class? 

  • Anyone interested in learning the techniques for plein air painting
  • Painters interested in focusing on the specific techniques of plein air
  • Anyone seeking a new experience to make winter more interesting


Supplies Needed

Paints: acrylics, oils or watercolors – your choice

For Acrylic or Oil

Students must bring canvas, (recommended size 9" x 12"). One new canvas for each session.

Oil painters, will also need Gamsol, and Linseed Oil, or Zest it, and Linseed Oil.


For Watercolor 

Watercolor paper, or a small watercolor pad. One sheet of watercolor paper for each class.


Everyone must bring:

Paints, palette, two cups, a small bottle of water, paint brushes, and a rag. 

A lightweight, aluminum, tripod, foldable, Plein Air easel is recommended. 

Paint Colors:

  • Titanium White
  • Hansa Yellow, Cadmium, or Lemon Yellow
  • Napthol Red
  • Phthalo Green, or a Dark Green
  • Ultramarine Blue or Prussian Blue
  • Raw Sienna
  • Mars or Ivory Black
  • Optional but recommended, a bright Cerulean Blue


Summer 2024 Meeting Locations:

  1. Rose Garden at Woodland Park - Entrance to Rose Garden.
  2. In Madison Park - Near Park Bathrooms. Across the street from McGilvra 's restaurant.
  3. Volunteer Park - On steps of the Asian Art Museum.
  4. South Lake Union - Outside entrance to MOHAI Museum. 
  5. Arboretum - At bus stop #11 on East Madison Street and Lake Washington Blvd.
  6. Madrona Park -  Lake Washington at the T-Dock.
  7. University of Washington - At the Drumheller Fountain.
  8. On the steps of the Fremont Google campus, on the WATERFRONT - In Fremont Park, directly facing the canal.   


Class Details


Spring 2024

  • When : Friday, Apr 19 to Jun 07 ; 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
  • Location : SCOFF , SC - Off Campus - 3400000
  • Fee : $239



Summer 2024

  • When : Friday, Jun 28 to Aug 16 ; 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Location : SCOFF , SC - Off Campus - 3400000
  • Fee : $239