Plein Air Paradise: Painting Northern Michigan with Heidi A. Marshall, IAPS/MC
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    Daily, 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Age Range

    16 - no maximum age

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    $425.00 (become a member)

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    This is a plein air workshop. Expect to work outside.
    The group will meets at the far east end of Bayfront Park in Petoskey.

    Nothing is as exhilarating as painting outdoors. So much can be gleaned from painting the light of a singular day. Whether cloudy, sunny, foggy, or working in mixed light— the more you paint en plein air, the better your work will become. In this workshop, I’ll show you the secrets to a great setup, how to approach a scene, how to begin, how not to get stuck and how to achieve the desired finish. I will do a demonstration piece using a mixture of mediums. The emphasis will be on staying loose and moving forward with an idea in mind. Even with an idea in mind, it is important to stay open to surprises that happen along the way. That’s the magic that happens en plein air—the landscape gets involved.

    You can work in your preferred medium. Please bring a variety of surface sizes to work on—-either 9 x 12 or 11 x 14 or 8 x 10. You can paint in any medium except oil pastel. Soft/hard pastels are fine. Also, no matter your medium of choice, be sure to bring a good range of paint, or pastel sticks. That means a range of values and colors.

    Don’t forget to bring the darkest darks too. I will demonstrate in gouache and pastel—but teach all mediums. Other items to bring along: portable easels, brushes, paper towels, masonite boards (for pastel and watercolor) white artist’s tape, a hand-held mirror, sun hat, baby wipes and a sack lunch and drink. We always have such a great time learning and painting together. Head’s up. This class fills up quickly.


    Heidi Marshall Plein Air

    The term "plein air" means "open air," and it refers to the practice of painting outdoors. It’s a form of landscape painting that can be done on location or at home from reference photos and sketches. The practice of painting en plein air dates back to the 15th century and was popularized by the French Impressionists. Their desire to capture the fleeting nature of light and its ever-changing hues, coupled with their invention of portable paint tubes that could be carried on journeys as well as a folding easel—the forerunner to today's plein air easels—allowed artists freedom from studio confines.


    This course is appropriate for painters of all skill levels. There are no prerequisites.

    Supplies provided
    Art Area
    Visual Arts

    Heidi Marshall

    Cancellation Policy for Petoskey Classes (In-Person)

    Student Withdrawal
    Requests for cancellation by the student at least seven (7) days prior to the first day of class will be honored (minus a $20 processing fee).  NO REFUNDS will be given for a student cancellation made less than seven (7) days in advance of the first day of the class.

    Class Cancellations (Weather)
    When Public Schools of Petoskey are closed due to inclement weather, CTAC-Petoskey classes are cancelled. We will do our best to provide a make-up opportunity for the missed class. Refunds will not be given if the student is unable to attend the rescheduled session of class. Workshops and one-time classes will be handled on a per-class basis. School of Ballet students are asked to make up the missed class in an alternate session approved by their instructor.

    Student Absence
    We are unable to offer refunds or make-up sessions for classes missed due to student absence.

    Minimum Enrollment
    Crooked Tree Arts Center reserves the right to cancel any class that does not meet its minimum student enrollment prior to the first class session. If a class is cancelled by CTAC for lack of enrollment, CTAC will offer a full refund to the student in the manner in which tuition was paid. (Cash payments will be refunded by check.)