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FREE Plein Air Primer – Outdoor Painting for Beginners

Sue Contini

September 2, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Registration opens at 11 am on August 24, 2023.

Description: Plein Air painting is SO much fun, but some find the idea intimidating. This workshop is for you! Working in acrylics, we will cover the basics in this crash course, from bug spray to beautiful results. You can do this! With some basic supplies, and some basics in composition, colour, and a few acrylic tricks, you’ll feel confident to get outdoors and paint!

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce Plein Air painting to people who are new to it! We’ll use acrylics in this workshop, using a limited palette. We will cover the essentials: How to pick your subject (and stick to it!), how to compose your painting using basic shapes, how to find the colour that you need, AND how to use quick-drying acrylic to your advantage outdoors. There’s a lot to learn, but we’ll keep it fun and stress-free! There’s nothing like painting in the outdoors!

Audience: This workshop is suited for adults and youth ages 12 and up

Supplies: Will be supplied by the Leighton Art Centre thanks to funding from Alberta Culture Days!

Participants are asked to bring:

This is an outdoor workshop! Please wear weather-appropriate clothing and footwear. LAC is a rural site that is often colder and wetter than the city. Our pathways are over uneven ground that can be muddy or wet. We highly recommend wearing multiple layers, hats, sunscreen and bug spray.

  • sketchbook & pencil
  • old towel to protect your knees, and a paint shirt or apron to protect your clothes
  • lunch, snacks, and a water bottle
  • a bag for garbage

Registration cost:   FREE

Did you know that Members of the Leighton Art Centre get 10% off the registration cost of all workshops and kids’ summer camps?  Please visit https://leightoncentre.org/join-us/become-a-member/.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Please note there is a NO REFUND policy on all Leighton Art Centre workshops. A refund will only be issued to participants if the workshop is cancelled by the workshop coordinator due to insufficient enrollment or extreme weather conditions. Workshops may be cancelled prior to the start date and participants will be notified via email and/or phone, and a full refund will be processed.

Withdrawal from workshops for medical reasons must be accompanied by a doctor’s medical note or a positive COVID-19 rapid test and must be received by the Leighton workshop coordinator prior to the workshop start date to be qualified for a full refund.

Artist/ Instructor Biography: Sue has been an instructor at Swinton’s Art Studios for many years and also takes her love for art into the classrooms of Calgary schools. She’s been a juror for the Calgary Stampede Art Auction, the Calgary Stampede Poster Competition, the Calgary Stampede Grade 12 Art Scholarship, as well as a demonstrating artist and juror for many other regional groups. She is an Elected Member of the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA) and holds an AFCA designation in the Federation of Canadian Artists (AFCA).

Her work is included in private and corporate collections locally and worldwide and is included in the galleries of the Leighton Art Centre, the Calgary Stampede, and Art on 9th.

Website: www.suecontini.com
Facebook: Sue Contini Art
Instagram: @sue_contini_art


September 2, 2023
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Leighton Art Centre
282027 144 Street West
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