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Plein Air Painting in McLaren Park CEXTN007-202460

Jul 7, 2024 - Jul 28, 2024

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Plein Air Painting in McLaren Park

Sundays, 7/7-7/28/2024, 10:00am-1:00pm

Instructor: Tom Colcord

In this fun, outdoor class, we will paint from nature and what we see from observation, focusing on color, light and composition. Class participants may use their preferred art medium (pastels, oil paint, acrylic, gouache, pastel, pencil, watercolor), but all instructor demos will be in oils and/or gouache paints. This summer we'll meet in John McLaren Park. Locations will be provided before each class.

Image credit: Tom Colcord

Materials list:
  • A couple good pencils, large eraser, and pencil sharpener
  • A viewfinder, these are very useful to have I recommend making a couple before we start on day 1. Here is a video on how to easily make one.
  • Palette Paper for oils, goauche and acrylics,
  • A pan, plastic palette or dish for watercolors
  • Paper towels or Rags
  • Palette knife, Any size is good I recommend the metal ones, not plastic
  • Varying brushes but at least a few bristle and a few soft. At least one brush 1 inch in diameter. Make sure you at least have 1 Round and 1 Filbert brush.
  • Colors: (at the very least have 1 Red Blue Yellow and White)
  • Highly Recommended: Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, Pthalo Blue, Titanium White, Indian Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Sap Green
  • Secondary Colors that I find very Helpful: Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Lemon, Cobalt Blue, Chromium Oxide, Chromatic Black, Napthol Red, Pthalo Green. Raw Sienna
  • Canvases of any size, but not bigger then you can carry! I recommend 5x7 inch, 8x10 inch, 9x12 inch‚ 6x6 inch sizes as they are easier to cart around. Blick often has great deals where you can buy packs of them for cheap!
  • If you are oil painting bring a silicoil jar and Gamsol
  • For oil painters I recommend the Strathmore Oil Painting Pad
  • A travel sized sketchbook for thumbnails and quick drawings, not larger than 9x12 inches
  • A jar with water for acrylics gouache or watercolor
  • Painters Tape (Blue Tape)
  • Thoughts on Easels:
  • Small Travel French Easels are the best, especially for oil painting, however I understand not everyone has the budget for this. At the very least have something that can stand upright, hold a painting and palette up and not fall over easily in the wind. Some artists just bring a drawing board to tape paper onto and work from that, cardboard can also work just remember the wind won't always be on your side

Instructor Bio: Tom Colcord is a painter and art educator currently living in San Francisco California. Originally from Indianapolis Indiana, Tom holds a BFA in Painting from Indiana University Bloomington and an MFA in studio art from the San Francisco Art Institute. His work ranges in style from surrealist murals, plein air painting and pixel art. Tom currently works as the Bay Area Representative for Dixon Ticonderoga and Strathmore paper, and teaches art for the SFAI City Studio Program and Artworks. He was the 2021-22 recipient of the Tournesol Award at the Headlands Center for the Arts. Most days, he can be found painting En Plein Air in Golden Gate Park.