Plein Air Painting: Forest Bathing, August 24

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Plein Air Painting: Forest Bathing, August 24


Saturday, August 24 (Rain out date, Sunday August 25)

Time: 8am-1pm

Location: Ashcroft, Colorado

Hiking Difficulty: Easy

No painting experience necessary! Price includes your own mini plein air painting kit (moleskin journal, Greenleaf Blueberry artisanal paints, paintbrush, and more.)

Please sign up early as most workshops sell out!

Workshop Details:

En plein air is the act of painting outdoors. This 5 hour workshop is designed to be an introduce to plein air painting as well as a glimpse into how art offers us a deeper connection to nature. Our focus for the day will be painting in the forest! We will seek out aspen and pine grooves and discuss the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku, also known as forest bathing or nature therapy.

Participants who sign up for this workshop should feel up walking up to 6 miles total with moderate elevation gain. Exact location will be announced closer to the date. The workshop will begin in the ghost town of Ashcroft, Colorado. After an introduction, we will carpool to our destination.  Participants will be given all the supplies they need but they will be responsible for carrying their personal items, water and food for the day.

With extensive experience plein air painting and work as a creative professional, I hope to share some useful tips and heart felt reflections from my journey blending art and my love of wild places. Take a peak here for extra inspiration from my plein air painting adventures.

Topics we will cover in the workshop:

  • ideal supplies to pack for plein air painting

  • painting on paper vs. in a travel journal

  • considerations for plein air painting (wind, air temp, rain, etc)

  • ideal time of day to paint

  • choosing your location

  • connecting with nature and translating that to your artwork

  • painting what you feel + see

  • sketching

  • Leave No Trace ethics in the outdoors

If we have to cancel both Saturday and Sunday due to rain, a refund or a credit for future workshops will be offered. If you are unable to attend the rain date, I can not guarantee a refund.

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