Plein Air Masterclass

Painting outside with Freeman White

Date: Feb 24 – Feb 25Space: Workshop

The long anticipated sequel to notable award winning local artist Freeman White’s 2017 CAN Masterclass has now been confirmed for February 2018.

This time he will be teaching a PLEIN AIR weekend workshop, and as places are limited we recommend you confirm your spot as soon as possible! (Plein Air = ‘painting outdoors’…think landscapes, seascapes, the warm sun on your back and a gentle breeze..ahh!)

  • Dates: February 24 and 25 2018
  • Locations: The CAN workshop, Ahuriri and Marine Parade
  • Time: From 10.30 till 3.30pm both days
  • Cost: $125 for both days plus a small materials cost (tbc)
  • To book: Contact

Information and guide lines:

The weekend workshop will take place at 3 different locations: The CAN, Marine Parade and Ahuriri.

  • Day One: 10.30: Meet Freeman at the CAN for a brief introduction to Plein Air Painting – then relocate to the Soundshell. Consider what you would like to paint here – the ocean/ Soundshell/ gardens/ dome etc.
  • Day Two: 10.30: Meet at the CAN – then relocate to Ahuriri opposite the Frying Dutchman. Consider what you would like to paint here – the quay side/ boats/ harbour etc.

Please bring with you:

  • Wear clothing suitable to the weather conditions at the time:
    Large brimmed sun hats/ windbreaker/ long sleeved shirt etc.
  • Lots of water and a packed lunch/ energy bars or similar for snacking. You may be painting out in the sun for several hours during the day, so make plans to avoid dehydration!
  • An outdoor painting easel or portable easel. The CAN has ordinary easels which can be transported to the site if required.
  • A lightweight stool or camping chair if you prefer to sit.
  • At least 3 large bull clips
    Freeman Tip: More could be helpful especially in windy conditions to secure panels and painting pallets to your easel so that you can paint hands free.
  • 2 – 3 small to medium sized canvas panels e.g 20 x 25cm, but please, nothing over 40 x 50cm. These are available from Aarons Emporium, Warehouse Stationary and Humanity Books (Fredericks)
    Freeman Tip: use small panels – the key to painting fast is don’t go too big!
  • Painting Pallet – Freeman uses a classic artist’s pallet, either hand held or clipped to his easel with bull clips.
  • Brushes: bring a selection of square ended synthetic brushes.
    Freeman Tip: orange haired DAS brushes are cheap.
  • Pallet knife is optional.
  • If you’re painting with oils, bring brush cleaner or thinner (turps or a lean medium)

Freeman Tip: bring it in a small jar with a screw top.
Freeman will be using oils, but acrylics are fine if you prefer – however, they dry very fast if hot – so take more water and/or painting medium (retardant).

  • Primer (gesso) – apply an extra layer or two before the weekend workshops if possible.
  • Paints: You will need a limited pallet: burnt umber/ phthalo blue /cobalt blue/ turquoise (cobalt or other) sap green /cadmium yellow medium/ yellow ochre/ cadmium red/ white – these are suggestions – you could bring what you have.
    Freeman Tip: limit your pallet: think about the subject (consider your location for both days and imagine what you will be painting)
  • If raining, the workshop will be postponed.
  • FreemanTip: HAVE FUN!
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