Full course description
Thursdays, 6/16/2022-7/14/2022 10:00am-1:00pm
Plein Air Painting
Instructor Alexandra Bailliere
Join painter and instructor Alexandra Bailliere for five summer mornings for in-person Plein Air Painting! We’ll observe and respond to nature using paint, meeting in a variety of outdoor locations near the Golden Gate Bridge, the Presidio and in Golden Gate Park. In our workshop we’ll learn what kinds of materials work best in plein air painting, how to determine a painting subject, create notans, simplify and compose a scene. We’ll take time to break a scene into 4 values, block in an underpainting, capture light and shadow. Focus will be on capturing the essence of our natural surroundings and a sense of adventure and a desire to work outside is required!
Locations within San Francisco will vary each week. The instructor will email students exact locations prior to each workshop meeting.
- A few (2-3) good graphite drawing pencils, at least one dark and one light (I like B or softer lead pencils - these are for doing compositional field sketches, not detailed drawings)
- Pencil sharpener
- 9”x12” or smaller (I like 8”x6” for plein air) sketchbook
- A roll of waxed butcher or freezer paper makes a great disposable palette and is cheaper than art store type
- Painting knife - I prefer the diamond-shaped one in metal not plastic
- A selection of brushes, at least one should be 1.5 inches across
- Water media (watercolors, gouache, acryl-gouache or acrylic paint, open if possible) in these colors: (Please note: demos will be done in acrylic and watercolor)
- Cadmium Yellow Medium (warm)
- Cadmium yellow light (cool) or Hansa yellow light.
- Cadmium Red medium (warm)
- Alizarin Crimson (cool)
- Quinacridone magenta (great for rendering pink flowers)
- Ultramarine Blue
- Cerulean Blue
- Pthalocyanine Green
- Payne’s Grey
- Raw Umber
- Paper, either 9”x12 or 11”x14”, at least 8 sheets or a pad. Watercolor paper is good for watercolor or gouache, acrylic paper is good for the other paints (Mixed media paper would also work for all of these paint types.)
- Blue tape
- 2 pieces of cardboard for taping paper onto (should be larger than the paper size) and for taping palette paper onto
- 2 Containers for water, filled if possible
- Paper towels/shop towels/rags
- Plastic garbage bag for carrying out your garbage
Suggested but not required:
- Sun hat, sun block, bug repellant
- If you’re using a plein air easel, parasol/ clip-on umbrella (Rite Aid actually sells colorful inexpensive ones)
I am a Sausalito, California-based visual artist. Although I work across media boundaries, lately I have been making representational and figurative oil paintings. I am constantly awestruck by the beauty and color around me, whether a reflection in a mirror or a verdant secret garden. My influences are the visual elements of my surroundings. I try to bring the beauty I see in the mundane into my studio where I communicate my interpretation through my work.
I have been painting and drawing since a very young age, starting at the age of 10 with weekend figure drawing classes at the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore, where I grew up. I continued with art through high school, during which time I was fortunate enough to spend a summer semester at the Cleveland Institute of Art college-program in Lacoste, France. I later continued with my art studies while an undergraduate at Duke University. I spent my junior year of college on a Duke-Cornell program in Paris where I studied art history at the Université de Paris-I and painting at the Académie Port-Royal. I later completed my MFA at Mills College in Oakland, California, where I was also awarded a teaching assistantship in my second year. I now teach visual art in continuing education at College of Marin, City Extension SF and with Ruth's Table, a non-profit intergenerational art space in San Francisco.
My work has been presented at Root Division, the Worth Ryder Gallery at UC Berkeley, the Mills College Art Museum, the Palo Alto Art Center, the Berkeley Art Center and the Sanchez Art Center.
Image credit: Alexandra Bailliere