Drawing & Painting the Landscape: Plein Air

Required Materials for the FIRST class

Black-and-white or color medium of your choice and paper or canvas. If undecided, bring materials on hand. Choose materials in size and weight manageable in an outdoor setting.

Materials for subsequent classes

*Materials will be discussed at the first class session.  Options include:

dry medium:
graphite, conte, charcoal, litho, markers, pastels, oil pastels, colored pencils

wet medium:
gouache, transparent watercolor, oils, acrylic, inks

paper or canvas:
individual sheets or pad

tape, erasers, single-edge razor blade and sandpaper, soft rag or chamois, brushes, plastic containers for liquids

foamcore for drawing board and portfolio, portable stool and/or easel

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