The start of our demonstration   class involves a full description of the set up and materials used.

  The proposed composition is
  dicussed and drawn up on the

  Every step is explained as we
  proceed, including the importance 
  of tone in a painting and a clear
  breakdown of the colors used.

  Our large areas of tone and
  color are put in place before any
  detail is attempted.


  Our subject is observed and
  discussed as we proceed.

   The rain begins, yet we have a
   back up plan! We move under
   cover and onward we go...


  Our lighter tones and details
  begin to take shape within the



Water is added to our fountain
 and final touches of light bring life
 to our grey day in Central Park. 


After two and a half hours, the
painting is finished! 
What is plein air painting?

'Plein air painting' is a term used to describe the act of painting outdoors and is derived from the French phrase, 'en plein air'. It literally means ‘in the open air’ and evolved as a term used by art critics to describe the method of painting outdoors, first made famous by the French Impressionists in the late 1800’s. 

When artists such as Monet, Renoir and Pissaro ventured out of their studios to study the changing affects of light on different subjects it was considered revolutionary. Throughout the late 1800's and into the 1900's plein air painting grew in popularity, spreading to other parts of Europe and countries such as America, Australia and Russia. To this day there are artists all over the world who remain dedicated to plein air painting. Many say that the most honest and pure experience of landscape painting is captured 'en plein air'.

Below Danielle is interviewed and talks about The Plein Air Painting School...

Plein air painting and You

You have likely read this far because you have a curiosity or even a yearning to paint outdoors. Although where to begin could naturally seem daunting. As a professional artist I have spent over twenty years painting outdoors, all the while, streamlining a method of approach that I will share with you during our classes together. My goal is to support and guide you towards uncovering your own creative potential, which I believe is within us all, while giving you the best painting experience possible.  

Danielle Hatherley
Founder, The Plein Air Painting School

Below are photos of a Plein Air Painting School demonstration session.  During every workshop your instructor Danielle has an easel set up alongside you to demonstrate and explain each step in the process of creating a successful painting. Drawing, composition, tone and color mixing are all clearly explained. This comprehensive approach, as well as one-on-one assistance that is given to each student, allows beginner through experienced painters to participate in our classes. 


Photographs with thanks to Sweta Jhunjhunwala 
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