Plein Air Outdoor Painting
Plein Air Outdoor Painting
Plein Air Outdoor Painting
Plein Air Outdoor Painting
Plein Air Outdoor Painting
Plein Air Outdoor Painting

Plein Air Outdoor Painting


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Course Fee: $200
Materials: Student-provided (see Supply Info below)

TIME: 9:30AM - 4:00PM PDT
LEVEL: Intermediate to Advanced
AGE GROUP: Adult (ages 18+)
LOCATION: Building 306, Fort Worden, Port Townsend. 

This one-day workshop focuses on creating powerful, dynamic, and colorful landscape paintings at Fort Worden. We'll learn to interpret the landscape to create paintings that are strong, simple, and well designed.  We'll cover the properties of color, techniques to mix correct values, making color changes on every shape, light direction, and varying intensity and edges.

This is an indoor and outdoor experience, a mixture of time in the classroom and time outdoors painting on location, weather dependent, for intermediate and advanced level painters. Teaching artist Cathe Gill will demonstrate in watercolor, but all media are welcome. Color, design, and shapes belong to all media.

We will start out in the classroom talking about design and how to find a composition in the great outdoors, and discuss basic ways to approach color when the light changes.
After that, we will travel to a nearby location where Cathe will demonstrate in watercolor while you eat your lunch. In the afternoon you will set up and paint in whatever medium you choose. Finally, at the end of the day we will return to the classroom to show and discuss our paintings. 


  • Easel (if you will be standing) or chair/folding stool (if you will be sitting), whatever you’re used to. 
  • Paper: Not larger than 1/4 sheet (11" x 15").
  • Painting board: Lightweight and not too large, 12" x 16" max, foam core works. 
  • Your usual art supplies, including paints, palette, brushes, and board, that fit into a backpack. 
  • Something to shade you paper: Like a piece of mat board to make an “awing” that clips to the  top of your board, or an umbrella.
  • Sketchbook and pencils/markers.
  • Masking tape or clip to hold paper to board. 
  • Water to drink and water to use with paints. 
  • Water containers (yogurt cups work well since there isn't a chance of breaking glass outdoors).
  • Hat, sunblock, snacks. 
  • Water-appropriate clothing.
  • Bug spray.

After registration, course details are available via the Northwind Art School learning portal, including course syllabus and supply information. Learn more

Catherine Gill paints and teaches on location, in watercolor, oil, and pastel, and is also a printmaker. Her art, workshops, videos, and DVDs can be viewed on her website. Cathe is co-founder of Art Partners International, dedicated to bringing together artists and art of different cultures. She is a member of Northwest Watercolor Society, Women Painters of Washington, Plein Aire Painters of Washington, Seattle CoArts, Seattle Print Arts and Print Arts NW. Her book, "Powerful Watercolor Landscapes," is available as an e-book through Penguin/Random House.

Artist website: Catherine Gill, @cathe_gill

This course is eligible for a 10% member discount at the Supporter level and beyond. 
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If Northwind Art has to cancel a course for any reason, all enrolled students will receive a 100% refund (including any materials fee).

Students who withdraw from a course at least seven days prior to its first meeting will receive a 90% refund (less any materials fee). Please note that 10% of every course’s registration fee is considered to be a non-refundable deposit in cases of withdrawal to cover administrative overhead.

Students withdrawing fewer than seven days from the first day of class are not eligible for a refund except in the case of illness or injury, in which case they are eligible to receive a 40% refund (less any materials fee).

All refunds will be applied to the same credit card that was used for enrollment. No credits or transfers will be granted. Please contact for more information.

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