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Art in the Park: Plein Air Painting

September 20, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon or two in August painting outdoors while immersed in nature. Learn how to pay attention to the moment you’re in, relax, grow as an artist, engage all your senses, and simplify. This will be a unique opportunity for painters of all skill levels to immerse themselves in several days of painting outdoors on park sites around Licking County. Plein Air: The French term for painting outside. It was a term that came when the French Impressionists began to take their easels and move out into the landscape seeking to capture the feeling of light. Specific park location schedule TBD.

The fee is $15 per class. Pre-registration is required. All social distancing guidelines will be followed and masks will be required during portions of class.


The Licking Park District is pleased to offer Plein Air classes with instructor Tonya Ramsey. About the Instructor: Tonya Ramsey is an artist living and working in Granville, Ohio. Nature was an endlessly fascinating source of inspiration for Tonya as a child and she spent many hours drawing and painting from life around her rural Ohio home. Endeavoring to grow as an artist, she attended college and received a bachelors degree in Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts in NYC and pursued a masters degree in Art Education from The Ohio State University. She worked as a designer of textiles, a graphic artist for digital and print publications, and as an educator, technical director and computer graphics animator at Disney Animation studios, Los Angeles, CA. Inspired by her mother to pick up a paint brush after many years as a digital artist, Tonya returned to creating works in oil, acrylic and drawing media.

The Basic Materials List:
If you already have supplies you would like to use, bring them and we will work with what you have. If you would like to purchase materials, below is a list for watercolor or oil supplies. In addition to any supplies you bring you should also bring a chair, water to drink, and sunscreen or a hat.

The minimum equipment needed for plein air painting. You do not need both watercolor and oil. Pick one to work in:

Watercolor Painting:
small block of watercolor paper, size 9″x12″ or larger : https://www.dickblick.com/products/strathmore-400-series-watercolor-blocks/ cold press surface
watercolor palette with paints (the links give you several options, choose what is right for your budget: https://www.dickblick.com/products/winsor-and-newton-cotman-watercolor-pan-sets/
watercolor brush(es): https://www.dickblick.com/products/winsor-and-newton-cotman-watercolor-brushes/ set B, or designers’ round size 3, or 4
board to hold your paper: https://www.dickblick.com/products/blick-sketch-pad-boards/
a container to hold your water

Oil Painting:
oil paint set: https://www.dickblick.com/products/blick-studio-oil-color-sets/ Basic set of 12
oil paint brush(es): https://www.dickblick.com/products/princeton-real-value-series-9100-brush-sets/ set 9154 set of 7 bristle
palette cups: https://www.dickblick.com/products/guerrilla-painter-large-mouth-palette-cups/
solvent: https://www.dickblick.com/products/gamblin-gamsol-odorless-mineral-spirits/
palette: https://www.dickblick.com/products/blick-studio-disposable-palette-pads/
painting panel: https://www.dickblick.com/products/blick-studio-artists-panels/ or similar, size 8×10 or 9×12 at least 4
easel: There are many choices when it comes to an easel. There are many different types from a pochade box, to a french easel. You will need to research to see what you like and what fits your budget. The very minimum you need is something to hold your painting panel.


September 20, 2020
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm