Art Workshop: Plein Air Painting in Oil

Past Event

This workshop invites the public to participate in the rich tradition of plein air painting in the Sunnylands gardens. Artist Donna Reine Taylor believes that the best art is not so much about the subject you choose but about the visual qualities in the subject matter. In this workshop, she will guide participants to depict what they see and not what they think. She will devote personal attention to each artist’s level. After a demonstration from the artist, participants will work in the gardens to paint the subject of their choice. The session will end with group sharing and critique. This workshop is designed to be fun while stimulating creative impulses.

Materials needed:

  • Plein air easel or table easel (there will be tables and chairs to accommodate those who bring table easels)
  • Canvas or canvas board (approximately 11" x 14")
  • Oil painting supplies including oil paints and brushes
  • Odorless Turpenoid
  • Rags or paper towels for cleanup
  • Drop cloths for your work area

This workshop takes place outside. Sun protection and water are recommended.

Instructor: Artist Donna Reine Taylor completed her academic education with a major in art and continued her studies at Rudolph Shaeffer’s School of Design in San Francisco with emphasis in color theory and paint mixing. After working as an interior designer in San Francisco, she decided to take on a new direction in her professional career and opened her own teaching studio in San Anselmo. She continued to teach weekly scheduled classes in her Marin County studio for 21 years before recently moving to Palm Desert, California. Donna has exhibited in galleries across the United States and her work has been recognized with numerous awards.

Fee: $15 per participant. Limited spaces available.
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