Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have painting or drawing experience?

Absolutely not! During my many years as an artist it has become apparent that many people would love to learn to paint or draw- or try it to see if they like it- yet knowing where to start, and who to trust in showing them the way, can seem daunting.
I have made it my mission to devise an approach that demystifies the complexities of painting, so that creativity can become a reality for anyone who has the desire to paint. In every workshop/class I paint/draw with the group, on my own canvas, set up for all to see. I describe and demonstrate every step along the way, as well as provide each participant with one on one assistance to suit their level of experience. Hence this is an approach that works for both beginners and experienced painters wanting to further their education.

And what if I have no talent at all?

This thing called ‘talent’, that many perceive as being reserved for a ‘special few’, does not determine whether you can paint. A major part of painting is learned. In my classes I will teach you how to choose a successful composition, observe the subject, hold and use a brush, mix colors, understand tone and much, much more. So if you have the desire, I assure you that you will finish a workshop having created a better painting than you thought possible.

What equipment do I need to buy?
If you choose the ‘All Equipment Supplied’ option, you don’t need to buy a thing. Everything required for your day of painting is brought along for you including an easel, brushes and paints to use on the day, as well as your canvas that you take home with you.

If you choose the ‘Bringing Own Equipment’ option a materials list will be emailed to you upon registering for a class/workshop.

What types of classes are there?

The Plein Air Painting School's main programs are;
1) Saturday Technique C
lasses and
2) One Day Workshops

One Day Workshops
During a One Day Workshop participants paint a complete painting over the course of the day. Elements such as material overview, color mixing, brush techniques and tonal observation are all covered through demonstration by the tutor, while students follow on, working on their own canvas. Due to the detail covered in these workshops they are suited to all levels of painters, including complete beginners, as each participant receives personal assistance to suit their level of experience.
This is a full day class of approximately 7 hours (which includes a 45 minute lunch break).

Saturday Classes - These 3.5 hour technique classes allow participants to study and explore the techniques of painting as well as learning how to paint certain subject for the duration of one class.  Specific details of the program can be found on the ‘Saturday Classes’ page of this website.

Drawing Classes’ (Three hour classes)- Our three hour drawing classes are an information packed morning or afternoon session in which you will learn and put into practice the key principals of drawing. Participants work in close proximity and each class is lead with a practical demonstration of all techniques. Saturday classes run throughout the summer months only.

How long do workshops and classes go for?

One day Workshops-our painting time is approximately six hours(+ lunch time is added into the day), which may sound long, yet most people say the day flies by more quickly than they imagined!
Saturday classes- we paint for about three and a half hours and take a 45 minute break in the middle of the class.

How many people are in a class or workshop?
Class numbers are kept small, so as to allow plenty of one on one time between tutor and participants. A maximum of 8 participants are accepted in painting classes or workshops. A maximum of 10 participants are accepted in special guest tutor classes (because there will be two tutors on hand) and drawing classes.

How old do I need to be to participate?

Those aged 10 years and upwards can participate in any One Day Workshop, Drawing Class, Private Class or Saturday Semester Program.
* Children as young as 8 years of age may participate in Children's Workshops

How will I know where exactly to meet for a class?

Two days before each workshop or class a group email is sent out to all participants. Within that email you will find detailed directions to our location, as well as Danielle’s cell number for contact and other information for the day.

What happens if it rains?
We keep a very close eye on the hourly weather forecast!
If there is a forecast stating 100% chance of rain the evening before all participants will be notified of the workshops cancellation. If there is a 50% chance of rain forecast (or thereabouts) the decision will most often be left until approximately 7:30 am on the morning of class, at which time all participants will be emailed with notice as to whether we will proceed.

What about other bad weather?

Depending on the scheduled location, classes ‘may’ be cancelled in the case of very high winds.
Classes are not cancelled if it is grey or cloudy. In many cases, grey and cloudy days can make for atmospheric and beautiful paintings.
If temperatures reach 95 degrees or above, class will likely be cancelled. However, this will be determined and confirmed on the day.

What type of paint do we use?

The Plein Air Painting School classes are primarily taught using oil paint. Oil paint is the medium supplied to those participants who choose to have all materials provided for them. Participants using their own equipment may use acrylic paint, if preferred.
*Also, in cases where participants have allergies etc, acrylics will be supplied.

How much do the workshops/classes cost?

One Day Workshop( Level One and Two)
- $119 for participants providing their own equipment
- $149 for participants wishing to have all equipment supplied (paints, brushes, canvas etc, as well as use of an easel)

Saturday morning classes
- $89 for participants providing their own equipment
- $119 for participants wishing to have all equipment supplied

Drawing classes
- $75 (all materials are included in these classes)

How do I reserve a place in a class?

A place in a class or workshop is reserved and secured by advance payment. Payment can be made by check, money order or credit card.

Are private lessons available?
Yes. The rate for private classes is $90 per hour, with a two hour minimum session.

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

If a class or workshop is cancelled due to bad weather; participants have the choice of requesting a refund or of rescheduling to participate in a forthcoming workshop/class of equivalent value.

If a participant wishes to cancel for any reason
; refund requests will be honored if they are made in writing (by email or post) any time up until 48 hours before the commencement of the first lesson. Thereafter (any time closer than 48 hours before the class commences), cancellation or non-attendance results in loss of payment.

If the participant cancels before 48 hours prior to the commencement of the class or workshop they may choose another workshop of equivalent value in it's place, pending availability. In this case, reschedules by the participant are allowed up to a maximum of three times. Thereafter any further cancellation results in the loss of payment made.

I have a question that is not addressed here. Can I speak with someone to ask more questions?

Yes, absolutely! Please feel free to call Danielle or Steve on 212-677 2705 between 9 am and 6 pm, from Monday to Saturday.
Alternately, if you prefer email please send us a note through the 'Contact Us' page or write to us via

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