Artists to enjoy local fresh air

September 24, 2013 by  

‘Plein air’ is the French name given to painting performed outside in the natural landscape instead of in a studio.

For artists, there will be a two-day workshop on plein air landscape painting beginning the weekend at the Audubon Center at Bent of the River, 185 East Flat Hill Road in Southbury, less than an hour from East Haven.

The event will cover the challenges of painting outside and the materials needed. Information will be covered with a PowerPoint presentation, which will also explain the history of plein air painting and how to create painting panels to use outdoors.

The instructor is national artist James Coe, known for his landscape and bird paintings and being the author and illustrator of the Eastern Birds Golden Field Guide. His works have appeared on the covers of Bird Watcher’s Digest, The Auk, and Sanctuary and are in the permanent collections of the Bennington Center for the Arts, the Massachusetts Audubon Society, and the New York State Museum.

The event begins this Friday, September 27, with the PowerPoint show, and the actual workshop will be held on Saturday and Sunday weather, permitting. Each session will begin with a demonstration by the instructor. As students paint, they will be given personal instruction.

This is a class for beginners as well as experienced painters. Themes covered will include designing a composition, finding a subject, seeing values accurately, and simplifying shapes.

Participants should bring their own equipment. For more information, call Ellie Boyd at (203) 264-2313. When finished, artists could consider making prints of their work to share at a local print company.