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Plein Air Studies at Malabar Farm State Park

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Plein Air Class

Sunday July 24th 2016

10am - 4:30pm (lunch break from 1-1:30. bring your lunch)

Workshop Fee: $75.00

Registration still open.

limit 15 students.

Malabar Farm State Park

4050 Bromfield Road

Lucas, OH 44843

About the workshop:

All levels welcome! Join me for a day of observational drawing and painting in the natural beauty and tranquility of Malabar Farm. I have scouted the location, and picked out some prime painting locations where we will be able to set up in the shade - always a consideration when painting in the hot summer months!

10am:  We will meet in front of the Visitors Center for introductions, and go together to a painting location. Students will watch a painting demonstration, and I will talk about how I start my plein air oil painting, using raw or burnt umber as a thin underpainting. We will discuss the block-in method that I use to lay out the painting, thumbnail composition sketches and color studies. Students will select their subject and begin drawings or paintings.


1pm: We will take a 30 minute lunch break. Malabar Farm Visitors Center has restroom facitilies and various drinks and snacks for sale in their gift shop, should you need anything, but I recommend packing a lunch and bringing a water bottle.

1:30-4:30pm: Students will either continue working on the same piece, or select a second composition for the afternoon. Individual feedback will be given to each student.

Beginners are welcome! If you have never drawn or painted outdoors before, this is a great opportunity to learn about materials, plein air set-ups and more. Drawing in graphite or charcoal is strongly encouraged for beginners who do not have a plein air painting set-up yet. Registered students will be sent a suggested materials list.

Learn more about Malabar Farm State Park:

To Register:

1. Pay your workshop fee. Use this button to register and securely pay through PayPal, using a credit or debit card. You do not need a paypal account, you are welcome to check out as a guest. If you need to arrange another payment option, please contact me at

2. Fill out the registration form below. In the subject line, write Malabar Workshop. In the message, briefly describe your experience with drawing and painting, and with plein air in particular. Also, please let me know how you learned of the workshop. If someone other than the workshop participant is paying the fee, please include that in your message.

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Landscape Painting: Plein Air


Northwood Avenue Studio

Columbus, OH

Sundays 1-4pm

March 19, April 2, 9, 23, 30

$150 (5 sessions) CLASS FULL

Improve your drawing and painting skills by following the methods of Charles Bargue and the 19th century atelier tradition, or learn from master painters and draftsmen, by working on a master copy.


The primary focus of the curriculum is the practice and mastery of drawing skills, through copying the Bargue plates. However, there is plenty of time for individual feedback, so personalized projects and goals based on the interest, pace, and level of each student are welcome and encouraged. Subject matter ranges from figurative to landscape. Once a student has progressed through the more complex Bargues or equivalent copies, master drawings or paintings can be selected for copying. 


Class size is limited to 4 students, allowing for plenty of time for questions and personal feedback.


Whetstone Park of Roses

3901 N High St

Columbus, OH 43214

July 10 to August 28*  Class is prorated for 6 weeks - no class on August 7 & 14

Tuesdays 9am-12pm

All classes held at Whetstone Park of Roses, in Clintonville. First class meets at the picnic shelter closest to the main parking lot at the Park of Roses.

Make the outdoors your studio! Mary Jane will lead students in making observational drawings and paintings from nature at Columbus Whetstone Park of Roses. Students will gain experience with painting en plein air, which is the practice of painting in the outdoors, using the surrounding landscape as your subject. Whetstone Park offers a diverse range of landscapes to paint from, including the prairie, ravine, and rose garden. Demonstrations and personal feedback allow students to work and learn at their own pace. All levels welcome. Plein air students should have their own portable set-ups for painting.


If you are new to plein air, it is recommended to begin with drawing - as the materials are easier to set up. Find the full list of recommended supplies on the registration page, linked below!


Click here to register online! Registration is through the Recreation and Parks Department.

You can also register in person at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center.

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