In-Person Plein Air Workshop

In-person Class with Cynthia Rosen

Thusday, July 28th, 2022 at 5:00 PM EST


*We will meet outside of the Annex building at the start of the class*

The goal of the workshop is to help guide people to better their skills in translating what they see while working in a plein air setting. The main focus will be working with shapes and warm and cool colors in creating your work. The outdoor locations on campus at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts will provide a range of sights from woodlands to building structures to flowers. In the event of rain, those who choose to can work inside using both still-lifes and/or photo.

A Message from Cynthia:

"While I am most widely known as a palette knife painter, this workshop will provide the opportunity for attendees to explore creating an image using medium of choice with brush or knife. My demo will give a quick review of composition guidelines, perspective rules, color-mixing and issues related to value. It will start out with a more traditional approach and then move towards a more impressionistic end."

Materials Needed:

Please come prepared with a prepared surface to work on and bring painting medium (Cynthia uses Gamblin's products: a Gamsol/Galkyd 50/50 mix).

-  Container for the solvent

- Rag or paper towels

- Container for taking home your work (a large pizza box can work).

- If using acrylics, Cynthia suggests using 'Golden Open Acrylics' or bring some Retarder to slow their drying and extra water for use with the paints.

- Must bring an easel and palette.

Basic colors for oils/acrylics: 

- Prussian blue

- Cobalt blue

- Ultramarine blue (optional)

- Turquoise of sorts (Cynthia uses cobalt teal, a Gamblin Product)

- Cadmium or napthol red

- Alizarin crimson or permanent (preferred)

- Purple dioxazine

- Cad orange

- Cadmium yellow

- Lemon yellow

- Titanium-zinc white or titanium white.

*For those who work in watercolors or pastels, Cynthia suggests a similar palette of colors in your own medium.*

If you want to work with a palette knife, Cynthia suggests RGM #46 or #50 or equivalent. Brush sizes#3, #5, and #9. Cynthia's preference is to use 'Synthetic flats on Ampersand Gessobord' as she likes a smooth surface. But feel free to use whatever surface and brush style you prefer.

* For those who do not have a plein air set-up (an easel, a palette, and a container for solvent), some limited equipment is available but prior arrangement is needed by July 26th. (contact Cynthia at or


Thursday 7/28/2022
1:00pm - 5:00pm
Students: $100
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Lake Placid Center for the Arts

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.

The Arts Center is the home of the Lake Placid School of Ballet, LPCA Children's Theatre, Community Theatre Players, as well as the Summer home of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta.

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