Painting "en plein aire" with Derek Davis

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Oil Paint or Open Acrylics here's some basic tools of the trade, but not limited to...

1. a portable easel

2. a limited palette of colors ( subs in parentheses ), Titanium White, Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Red Medium ( Napthol Red),  Quinacridone Rose (Permanent Rose) and Cadmium Yellow Light ( Azo Yellow)

 3. a selection of brushes, sizes 4, 6, 10, and 12 bristle or synthetic bristle flats,

     painting / palette knife to mix paint

 4. painting panels- sizes 8x10, 9x12, 11x14, 12x16 or 16x20. 5-6 panels total for the weekend

 5. mixing palette for paint, acrylic painters use freezer paper to cover mixing palette

 6. solvent or thinner with container to clean brushes in, (water sprayer for Acrylics)

 7. Paper towels / Rags

 8.  Sketch book with Soft Pencil

 9.  outdoor survival gear - hat, umbrella, water / food, gloves, insect repellent, sunscreen, clips / clamps to secure materials in wind

Painting "en plein aire" conjures a romantic image of artist and easel at one with nature. Come and explore the plein air experience at a beautiful location with nationally-recognized Plein Air Painter Derek Davis on Sat. and Sun., June 29-30, from 9am-5pm.

Derek will meet you at St. Rose Of Lima Church, a picturesque limestone church built in 1878 by Irish Immigrants who came to America with only their faith and their families in search of a better life. These pioneers chose Cherry Grove Township as the perfect location to settle and begin anew. St. Rose of Lima was built by these settlers skillful hands. This building has stained glass windows and beautiful traditional landscaping, plus a graveyard and older trees. In case of rain, the building will be open.

This church is approximately 30 minutes northwest of Rochester and one hour south of the Twin Cities.

Each day will begin with a demo followed by 2-3 hours of painting, breaks as needed, personal coaching and afternoon painting.

Each day's lessons will address one or more of the topics from the "Master's Toolbox" - depending on needs of the students. These topics include: 3 C's of painting - a systematic approach to painting; Principles and Elements of Design; Creating a Value Plan; Block-in approaches; Rendering /Drawing; Using Local and Expressive Color; Brushwork; Properties of Pigment and Using Mediums.

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Reservations are taken on a first come first serve basis. Many of our classes fill up early - so don't wait too long!

We take phone reservations with a valid credit card.

Call: 507-732-7616

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Crossings at Carnegie
320 East Ave
Zumbrota, MN 55992