Artist Richard Calver (left) en plein air in the Prior/DeVries garden.

Get outside and do some painting

Does the thought of painting en Plein Air make you nervous?

Does the thought of painting en Plein Air make you nervous?

Discover just how enjoyable it can be to paint in the open air, in a beautiful setting with your subject before you in all its splendour.

The Campbell River Art Gallery will be running a Plein Air Painting workshop on Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Jill Paris Rody and Perrin Sparks will be the instructors. The cost for gallery members is $48 plus hst, $58 plus hst for non-members.

Artists have long painted outdoors, but in the mid-19th century working in natural light became particularly important to the Barbizon school and Impressionism. During this time the Box Easel was invented as was paint in a tube.  These innovations made painting portable and open air painting became much more convenient and popular.

Instructional team Jill Paris Rody and Perri Sparks will bring their wealth of knowledge and experience to the esteemed and hearty tradition of Plein Air Painting. They’ll coach you over the rough patches as you adjust to a new and freeing pursuit. Perhaps you’ll be so smitten with the experience you’ll  want to join in the annual Garden & Art Tour and paint in one of our beautiful local gardens.

Paint one or several pieces at this workshop. Bring oil, watercolour or pastel – as you prefer. A supply list will be available soon.