Plein-air Painting Classes

"We do well the things we see already painted in our mind's eye"             – Charles Hawthorne 

Study the landscape by applying the fundamental concepts and techniques of plein air painting. We choose our subject by squinting to see the large mass, the “value” and its design graphically. Working with the mass, or, spots of color, one next to the other, we will allow ourselves to study color, atmosphere, and composition without getting caught up in the literalness of the subject or its details. Working quickly trains us to keep pace with the ever-changing landscape, to trust our instincts, and to be spontaneous. Working together, we will create paintings that are honest and fresh. Please come prepared with a plein air easel and the limited palette listed in my material list. The limited palette suggested is perfect warm/cool choices of the primary colors whether you are a beginner or novice painter. Feel free to bring your favorite painting materials as well, as familiarity is important.


Provincetown Art Association (PAAM) - Provincetown, MA

If It Doesn’t Suck
August 19-23, 2019 (Monday - Friday; no Thursday)
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Cape School of Art - Provincetown, MA

No Fear Painting
September 16-18, 2019 (Monday- Wednesday)
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

No Fear Painting
October 12-14, 2019 (Saturday-Monday)
1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

To sign up, call the registrar at 617-717-9568 or


Class Materials List

Winsor Newton Artist Oils:
   Cadmium yellow pale (Winsor yellow)
   Cadmium scarlet
   Permanent rose
   French ultramarine
   Manganese blue hue
   200 ml tubes of Titanium white
Gessoed Panels: Masonite, Luan or birch plywood – Bring as many as 5-6 per day in a variety of sizes: 8x10", 9x12", 11x14", 12x16", 16x20"
Palette Knife: Loew Cornell #J-15
Brushes: Variety of inexpensive including: Flats, Bright, Rounds, #’s 6-14
Easel: Plein air type: Stan-Rite #300, French box, or Pochade box (Refer to photo below.)
Palette: I use a gessoed 16 x 20" board, clipped to my Stan-rite 300
Turpentine: Weber – Turpenoid Natural or Gamsol