May 21, 28, June 4, and June 11, 2015

9:00 am to 12:00 pm on Thursdays


Cost: $175/student for four days


Skill Level: All levels are welcome


Medium: Oil



Outdoor oil painting has fundamental techniques and materials that can always be revisited, no matter what skill level or experience you have had. This “Plein Air Primer” workshop is designed to get the outdoor painter ready for the glorious season of Summer in Steamboat. Whether it has been one year, ten, or you have never done it, we will get you ready to enjoy painting “en plein air” this summer. Be prepared to paint outdoors each week, with the Steamboat Art Museum Studio space available in case of bad weather.


Supply List:


Below is a recommended palette for Oil and Acrylic painters. Any professional grade will do! Avoid “hues.” At the very least you’ll want to include a large tube of each of the following primary colors + white. Tier 2 includes other colors that are good to have, if you want to expand your palette.


Titanium White (large tube)


Tier 1:

Ultramarine Blue

Cobalt Blue

Alizarin Crimson (Permanent)

Cadmium Red

Cadmium Yellow Deep

Cadmium Yellow Light


Tier 2:

Cadmium Orange

Transparent Red Oxide

Yellow Ochre


Sap Green



Flats, Brights, or Filberts recommended for the majority of the work. Have a good range of sizes: 2,6,8,10,12,16 but make sure to include BIG brushes!



At least 5 canvas/linen panels OR primed or gessoed hardboard panels (such as Gessoboard). Stretched canvas not recommended. Keep sizes between 8×10 and 12×16.


Palette Knife


Paper Towels – thick blue mechanics paper towels or Viva


Solvent – Odorless Turpenoid or odorless mineral spirits or Spike of Lavender


Wet Canvas Carrier (RayMar panel carrier, for example)


Lightweight Easel

– I recommend a Field Easel or Pochade box (The Prolific, Strada, Open Box M, Guerrilla Painter, Soltek, etc.) or a Julian French Easel.


Outdoor essentials – Drinking Water! And a sun hat!


Visual Resources – Landscape photos/studio reference materials in case of inclement weather.


Additional Items to Consider


Trash bags

Neutral-Colored Clothing (bright colors reflect)

Painter’s Umbrella

Dress in Layers


Hand Cleaner (Fast Orange or baby oil)

Insect Repellant


Suggested Reading

Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting by John F. Carlson

Composition of Outdoor Painting by Edgar Payne