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Barry Jeter, Plein Air Watercolor or Oil Series

  • Friday, July 19, 2024
  • Saturday, July 20, 2024
  • 2 sessions
  • Friday, July 19, 2024, 10:00 AM 4:00 PM (EDT)
  • Saturday, July 20, 2024, 10:00 AM 4:00 PM (EDT)
  • Gilfillan Farm, 1950 Washington Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15241
  • 8


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:

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Barry teaches watercolor and oil painting techniques for painting on location (plein air), our location is Gilfillan Farm across from South Hills Village.

  • The gates open at 9:30 am and close at 4:30 or 5 pm.
  • We can use the garden parking lot for all but those who need special consideration can use the driveway at 130 Orr Road that goes to the house.
  • There is a port-a-john and in case of rain there are 3 porches.

Barry says:

"Return to Gilfillan, En Plein Air"

Years ago, having taught several workshops at Gilfillan, we return to this subject rich location. Hope you can join us. Those workshops, as this one, were with the McMurray Art League, great times.  This time around you can chose your medium, watercolor or oil.  I will only have watercolors on my part.  This class will center around several things but one of the main points I will try and get across while we are on location is not to be overwhelmed with so much subject matter and panorama views of the farm.  We have to zero in on an item....could be a full landscape, could an old door or a door knob for that matter but isolating a subject and giving it your full attention is critical, otherwise you get caught up in too much.  Of course this involves may want to bring along  "L" shaped view finders to help that process.  I want to limit enrollment to no more that 12 students so that I can get around to each one.  I will give a quick chat at the beginning of class and maybe point out a few things of interest on the property and then you can scout for subject matter and then set up and get started. I will be making my rounds to give pointers and near the end of class we all gather for a class critique as usual.  Hope to see you there! 

"Special things to consider when painting out of doors"

- Pack a lunch with something to drink.
- Seating, if you like to paint sitting down.
- Easel, if you want a support for your painting (some watercolorist simply hold a watercolor block with no support)
- Water container and a waste water container.
- Oil painters MUST have containers for their thinner and zip lock bags for their paper towels and or rags.
- Sunscreen
- Insect repellent
- Some artists use an umbrella, that's fine if you like, I have always found them somewhat cumbersome in that they have to be well supported or the wind or a quick breeze can shake your setup or take them away.  Sometimes it's best just to find a shady spot that you can work in.
- Sun glasses can help but they can change your colors.
- Dress appropriately for the day....if it's a cool day, you don't want to be chilly all day painting.

Watercolor supplies list here.
Oil supplies list here

Maximum class size: 12
Minimum class size: 8

(Register for the series here or for 7/19 and 7/20 sessions separately from the Calendar.)  

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