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Outdoor Painting or Drawing (Plein Air) with Afsaneh Michaels — Starts August 31 (Wednesdays)

September 28, 2022 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Outdoor Painting or Drawing in Nature (Plein Air)  August 31-September 28

Experience the joy of painting or drawing outdoors in nature. In this new class students will work outside in nature and experience the pleasures of painting or drawing in the shade of a tree or sitting near the creek or on a bench near a building. You can even bring your coffee or snack and sit on a blanket on the ground. Working in nature this way creates a feeling of awe and delight different from indoor settings. Restroom facilities will never be too far.

All skill levels are welcome and encouraged. This an informal class suited to all students new to art or those more experienced who want to improve their skills while witnessing first-hand the changing nature of light and detail while working outdoors.

The first class will be held in the Garden/Patio of Dollar Clubhouse and will include an introduction and short demo on how to set up for working outside. There will be a discussion of media, boards, easels, stools, and other items needed for working outside. If you have painted or drawn outside before, bring your set up. If this is new to you, a pencil and sketchbook will suffice.

You can work in any media- painting, drawing, watercolor or pencil and charcoal. Pastels are especially suitable for working outdoors. The instructor will speak with each student individually at their station. At the end of each session students might gather and share their work.

Students and teacher Afsaneh might choose together a spot to work, and set up their station with portable easels, drawing boards and/or canvases/paper and learn how to compose a painting or drawing from nature, architecture or other man-made elements.


Fall Class: August 31-September 28 (5 sessions)

Time: The course will be held Wednesdays, 9:30-12:30

Cost: $120, non-residents $140.

Place: First class will be held at the Dollar Clubhouse grounds in the back. Please meet at the back patio to start.

Materials: Easel (the portable kind)  and canvases and board (for paper). A stool or blanket to sit on plus any materials the students are comfortable using, i.e. oil, acrylics, pencils, pastels. Comfortable clothing, a hat and water bottle are recommended.

For a list of materials or questions contact teacher: AfsanehAm@gmail.com




September 28, 2022
9:30 am - 12:30 pm


Gateway Art Studio 1
1001 Golden Rain Road, Walnut Creek
CA, CA 94595 United States