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Plein Air Painting

Learn to observe color and capture changing light along the city's lakefront and in its parks. Intended for those with no outdoor painting experience, this course will cover the basics of equipment, materials, subject selection, and techniques for painting outdoors in oils or acrylics. Observe and apply color to render forms in natural light settings working with a variety of subjects: landscape, cityscape, figure in landscape, portraiture, and still life. Students will be required to provide their own supplies, including a collapsible easel, which will be discussed in the first class meeting. Basic drawing experience is helpful.

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Class meeting time 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Class meeting days Sunday
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Course number 1196
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