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Edmonds Outdoors – a Beginning Plein Air Oil or Acrylic Painting Workshop
w/ Robin Weiss

Date/Time: Saturday / July 28 / 10:30-4:30 pm

Cost: $150

Registration: Call in, come in, or register online. 425.697.2787

Location: Cole Art Studio, located on the lower level of Cole Gallery. 107 5th Ave S, Edmonds WA 98020

“En Plein Air” – a fancy French word referring to painting “outdoors”. This is what separated the Impressionists from centuries of painting indoors. And there is a lot to learn about how to do it!

This will be an “Introduction to Plein Air Painting” with our wonderful local plein air painter, Robin Weiss. If you’ve ever wondered how to get started in painting outdoors, this is the one- day workshop for you! Students must have some experience in oil painting.

An award-winning artist and experienced instructor, Robin will share from his many years of experience of painting plein air: all about how to choose the right gear, how and why to set up that gear for efficiency; how to capture the mood of the setting, and how to do brushwork that will best convey the outdoor scenery. You’ll get tips and tricks that you can use in any painting style: such as about making your own panels, and how to clean and maintain your brushes for longevity, and how to make your paintings sing!

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You’ll watch demos from Robin on how to compose with the underpainting on your panel using the tools of the trade. He’ll also do a full color demo showing you how to simplify the scene, and then he’ll rotate among the students to coach and teach as you compose and complete your own painting.

Dress for the weather, as you’ll be painting in picturesque Edmonds, most likely at the waterfront park.

A great class for all levels of plein air ability. Sign up and spend a great July day in our gorgeous town, trying something new!

Supply List:

You can purchase your quality art supplies at ARTspot! Registered students receive a 10% discount on all their art supplies from the time of paid registration until the last day of class. Most items on this list are available at ARTspot. Please let their staff advise you about appropriate art materials to fulfill  requirements for your class.  Artspot's Web Site 

Questions about these supplies? ARTspot staff are happy to help you. Call 425-640-6408 or email at

Oil Paints: Artists grade (such as Gamblin) *ARTspot carries Gamblin

Recommended colors:

  • Titanium White
  • Hansa Yellow
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Permanent Red
  • Alizarin
  • Viridian
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Trans Red Oxide

Optional colors: (These are colors that Rob usually mixes from the primary colors, but it saves time if you have them already mixed in a tube.)

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  • Cad Orange
  • Radiant Blue
  • Radiant Turquoise


  • Galkyd Gel painting medium
  • Odorless Turpentine (in a non-glass container, transportable, with a tight-sealing lid)


  • 3 gesso primed* panels, in your choice of size up to 10x12”
    *Make sure your canvases are well primed. Apply an additional coat of gesso, so they are not absorbent. Gesso is easily applied with an inexpensive foam roller, available at any hardware or paint store.

Recommended Brushes:

  • Hog Bristle filberts - #2, #4
  • Synthetic, long-handled Mongoose flats (should be from about ¼ inch to ½ inch) - #2, #4, #6,
  • Rigger brush (A smaller thin size about 1 inch long for details , grasses, power lines etc) - #2
  • 1 Drawing brush (like a worn down hog bristle, about a #2 or #3)
    Feel free to bring additional  brushes you are used to using

Palette knife : good stainless steel I inch, for mixing and detail

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Palette - can be whatever comes with your travel easel (wood or plexiglass)


  • Pochade Box with Tripod or Portable French Easel. ARTspot carries a couple nice portable easels in both metal and wood.
    *If you’re going to paint outside you must have a minimum of equipment, which includes at the least a French easel.
  • Small sketch book for designing thumbnail studies
  • A Composition viewer, such as the “Viewcatcher”
  • Bottle of Murphy’s oil soap (for cleaning brushes)
  • Paper towels
  • Garbage bag
  • Box or other device to transport wet panel
  • Sunscreen and bug spray (if you need it)
  • Wide brimmed hat

Note to all students: If any of this equipment is new to you, please take it out for a few “test runs”. Get familiar with the gear – you do not want to spend your time learning how to set up.

Check this out! ARTspot Concierge Service. ARTspot will personally do your shopping for you! They can set aside the materials you need, ready for pickup - they can even deliver your supplies to Cole Art Studio the day of class. Call ARTspot at 425.640.6408 for this great service. To ensure your order is filled, please order as early as possible.