Full course description
Saturday, 5/6/2023, 10:00am-4:00pm
Plein Air Painting in Watercolors
Instructor: Alexandra Bailliere
Spend a spring Saturday learning how to paint en plein air in watercolor! In this 6 hour intensive class, we will learn the fundamentals of plein air painting using watercolor paint. All you need is a sense of adventure and excitement to paint outdoors - no prior painting experience is required, all levels are welcomed! Workshop artists may work in the medium of their choice - instructor demos will be done in watercolor paint.
Demos will include: how to do value study sketches of a scene then transfer to your painting surface, painting with a minimal palette (and color mixing), using color value and painting techniques to establish a sense of space and perspective, painting natural elements (rocks, flowers, paths, trees), painting clouds and skies and painting bodies of water and how to build up your painting in watercolor. There will be optional sharing and discussing of your paintings at the end of class.
A class materials list will be emailed ten days prior to the first class meeting. A plein air painting easel would be helpful for oil or acrylic painters but is not required.
Don't forget to pack your lunch- we'll take a 30-minute break midday.
Address and map for painting location (likely northern SF) will be emailed along with materials list prior to each session.
Instructor Bio: Alexandra Bailliere is a visual artist and art instructor in the Bay Area. She teaches art in continuing education at College of Marin, City Extension SF and at Ruth's Table, a non-profit intergenerational art space in San Francisco. Bailliere makes observational paintings of the world around her. Her 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, the Sanchez Art Center and Five Points Arts in Torrington, Connecticut. Bailliere's work can be seen at alexandrabailliere.com.