Step Outside – a plein air painting class with Betsy Payne Cook


Let go of the photographs and redesign the landscape while being authentic to your surroundings.


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TUESDAYS, 8:30 – 11:30

June 5th, 12th, & 26th ( no class on June 19th)


Any medium – this class is devoted to the experience of painting on location! Beginners to painting en plein air are welcome but  if you paint in a medium other than pastel you should have a good working knowledge of your medium. Betsy paints in pastels but information will apply to other drawing & painting mediums as well.


Painting outdoors is an exhilarating experience, and this class is ideal for artists who want to take the challenge of stepping outdoors to paint! Whether you are a novice or an experienced painter, the opportunity to paint together outdoors is rewarding. I notice that my time plein air painting makes a difference to how I approach pastel painting when I am in my studio.

Each week we will go to a different location in the Upper Cape area allowing us to paint the variety that is offered to artists on Cape Cod.  Directions will be provided ahead of time and I will select spots in Falmouth, Bourne, Sandwich, Mashpee and Barnstable.  We may also have a special location further away!

Class will begin with a pastel painting demo at each site at 8:30 am, and I will share pointers for setting up on location and narrowing the field of vision to choose a composition for your painting. Goals will include developing sketching skills, simplifying shapes, selecting color harmonies.  You will receive individual feedback and coaching while you work  at your easel.  On days that are rainy we will go to venues where we can paint indoors or under cover.

You will need a sketchbook, drawing materials, your painting supplies, and an easel. I will be happy to try to assist you if you do not have an easel.  Please remember to bring sunscreen, bug repellent, water and a hat! It might also be useful to have a camp chair to use during the demo or when you take a break.  I will review some handy supplies & tips for painting outdoors in our first class.

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