Plein Air In-Person Workshop

In-person plein air workshop painting outdoors with Dennon Walantus

Tuesday, June 7 from 11:00am to 4:00pm EST

Oils, Advanced Beginners and Up, Meet outside the LPCA's Annex Building at the start of class

About the Class

Come and paint outdoors with us! In this workshop, Dennon Walantus will demonstrate the techniques he uses with oil paint to capture a landscape painting en plein air - outdoors. This workshop will be taught outdoors at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, and students will be painting from life.

Dennon typically paints small paintings en plein air out in the landscape. He will bring his typical process outdoors with you to create a painting of the Adirondacks within a single day session!

When painting en plein air, artists can capture a moment in time that is affected by elements of nature while working. This becomes an immersive experience that can create a more abstracted painting while battling these elements and a learning experience every time a new work is started.

Materials List

  • Oil Paints:  Titanium White, Cadmium or Lemon Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Cadmium Red (Light), Cerulean Blue, French Ultramarine, Terre Verte
  • Assortment of Brushes: I like to use soft bristled Filbert or Square
  • Palette:  Glass or Paper
  • Medium:  I use Gamsol or Linseed Oil
  • Palette Knife:  Any you're comfortable with
  • Easel
  • Palette
  • Container for solvent

In addition, bring these items specific to outdoor painting: 

  • Layers of clothing
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Bag or cart to corral your gear
  • Hat with brim
  • Sunscreen/bugspray
  • Umbrella (just in case)
  • Water, snacks and/or bag lunch

Schedule for the Day

11:00 - Introduction & Choosing Painting Subjects

11:15 - Demonstration on Plein Air Process by Dennon

12:00 - Students Begin Painting - I will be walking around to assist students 1 on 1 while they work. This allows me to give insight on how I would approach parts of their paintings - as everyone's work will be different!

2:00 - Break & Discussion on Completing your Painting

2:20 - Continue Painting Until 4PM

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The Lake Placid Center for the Arts is a year-round performing and visual Arts Facility.  Located in the Adirondack Park of Northern New York, the LPCA consistently presents arts of the highest caliber in music, dance and theatre performances, film exhibitions and visual arts presentations. 

In addition, the Arts Center provides special arts-in education programs, workshops and residencies for aspiring and renowned artists.

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