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

Colors needed:

  • Titanium White
  • Mars Black
  • Primary Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, or Lemon Yellow.
  • Naphthol Red.
  • Phathlo Green and Hookers Green
  • Ultramarine Blue and Cerulean Blue
  • Burnt Umber


  • 6 sizes ranging from small to large:
  • A large wash brush or Hake
  • Other brushes: filbert, round, flat, liner and fan

Two small jars or containers with tight lids A washcloth A palette Canvas or watercolor paper, no larger than 9" by 12"

No textbook needed. 


Class Details


Winter 2024

  • When : Monday, , Saturday Jan 22 to Feb 03 ; 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Location : Online , Zoom WA
  • Fee : $99