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Introduction to Plein Air Painting

A Special Workshop at the Marked Tree Vineyard

La Vie En Rosé: Art & Wine Festival

Instructor: Don Osterberg

What: This workshop will take place over two days at the beautiful surroundings of Marked Tree Vineyard during the La Vie En Rosé: Art & Wine Festival. Plein air painting allows you to see the true color and value of the landscape as you paint in your preferred medium – something you can not experience working in the studio from photographs.

When: Saturday and Sunday, June 12 & 13, 2021. 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Rain date June 19 & 20, 2021 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Where: Marked Tree Vineyard, Flat Rock, NC.
Cost: $20

Requirements for registration: Applicants must have some experience with, and equipment for, painting in at least one medium (this is NOT a beginning painting workshop). This is an opportunity for the artist who has wanted to see what it is like to paint on-site, in Plein Air. If you’ve never left your studio to paint, you will first learn how to make some adjustments to your process.



The instructor will begin by introducing different techniques and equipment that either he has used, or can be used with different painting media to make outdoor painting comfortable and fun. Then, following a short break for lunch, you will learn the sketching techniques that will help you understand the importance of value in plein air painting. The remaining time will be spent with each person using these techniques to sketch one or more of the local views. The instructor will provide individual assistance. You are welcome to remain on the property and sketch after the workshop ends at 3:00 both days. The equipment list for the first day is included below. Your homework for the evening of the first day will be to gather the recommended equipment in your studio to bring the next day for plein air painting in your medium.


Following a brief overview, you will choose one or more sites at which to do
sketching and painting. This day will provide a “baptism by fire” of painting outdoors and promises to be a different, unique experience for participant as you adapt your process to this Plein Air approach. Throughout the workshop, you will have the support of the instructor and learn from everyone in the group. We will end the afternoon with a short get together for show and tell, critiques and comments.


Equipment list for day one: a comfortable collapsible lawn chair, food and drink (can be purchased at the winery), sunscreen, a sun hat, a spiral sketch book for graphite (approx. 9” x 12”), sharpened sketching pencils (4H, 2H, HB, 2B, 4B), large graphite eraser, simple pencil sharpener, Adjustable ViewCatcher (also available at art supply stores or make your own with a mat cut into two sections) and a Gray Scale & Value Finder (the ones from The Color Wheel Co. are the best – and all are available at The Starving Artist, Hvl), 4” x 6” piece of transparent red cellophane, tissues, and something to put all of the sketching items in.


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I hereby release and agree to hold Marked Tree Vineyard and the Arts Council of Henderson County harmless from, and waive on behalf of myself, my heirs, and any personal representatives any and all causes of action, claims, demands, damages, costs, expenses and compensation for damage or loss to myself and/or property that may be caused by any act, or failure to act of the organizations, or that may otherwise arise in any way in connection with any services received from the Arts Council of Henderson County and Marked Tree Vineyards. I understand that this release discharges Arts Council of Henderson County and Marked Tree Vineyards from any liability or claim that I, my heirs, or any personal representatives may have against the studio with respect to any bodily injury, illness, death, medical treatment, or property damage that may arise from, or in connection to, any services received from the Arts Council of Henderson County and Marked Tree Vineyards. This liability waiver and release extends to the organizations together with all owners, partners, and employees.
I acknowledge the contagious nature of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 and that the CDC and many other public health authorities still recommend practicing social distancing. I further acknowledge that the Arts Council of Henderson County and Marked Tree Vineyards can not guarantee that I or my child will not become infected with the Coronavirus/Covid-19. I understand that the risk of becoming exposed to and/or infected by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of myself, others, including, but not limited to, Arts Council of Henderson County and Marked Tree Vineyards staff and volunteers, and other clients and their families. I voluntarily seek services provided by Arts Council of Henderson County and Marked Tree Vineyard and acknowledge that I am increasing the risk of exposure to the Coronavirus/COVID-19.
I understand the materials needed for the workshop listed above and plan on bringing my own to participate.