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Wednesdays 9am-12pm, August 16, 23, 30

at Locations in the area of Manitou Springs, Colorado

Cost $135.00, paid at first class.

As a working artist, my classes and workshops are an extension of the joy and excitement I feel when I create my own art!


I’ll deconstruct the painting process by teaching straightforward, easy to understand lessons.  Through direct observation, we will be “Hunter/Gatherer” of values, shapes and colors and learn how to assemble them, expressing your unique artistic voice.  You’ll leave this class with the skills needed to take your work to the next level…both outdoors and in the studio. 

There will be demos, discussions, handouts, and lots of painting time and individual attention.

Designed for those with some painting experience, class is limited to 8 students ensuring one on one instruction time.

Oils are the medium of choice, however much of the content will apply to other media.  Contact me with questions. 

We will be working on location.  There will be a bit walking involved.


Contact me with any questions:


Karen Storm’s Plein Air Workshop

Plein Air Supply List



Below is a recommended palette for Oil and Acrylic painters. Any professional grade will do!

  • Titanium White

  • Ultramarine Blue or Cobalt Blue

  • Alizarin Crimson

  • Cadmium Yellow Light

  • Yellow Ochre

  • Transparent Red Oxide

Optional colors

  • Cadmium Orange

  • Cadmium Red Light

  • Viridian



  • Long handle Flats, Brights, or Filberts are recommended for the majority of the work. Have a good range of sizes: 2,6,8,10,12 but make sure to include your BIG brushes.  A small round is also recommended. Bristle Brushes recommended for canvas panels, but softer synthetic brushes may be better for smoother panels. If in doubt bring a mix of both.

  • Palette Knife - (preferably with a long angled edge for mixing paint - sometimes called a painting knife or scraper). I also like rubber tipped painting tools.

Painting Support

  • Panels are recommended over stretched canvas for outdoor painting as the light shines through stretched canvas. Surface can be either canvas (or linen) panels --OR-- primed/sealed or gessoed panels (MDF).** • Recommended sizes between 8x8 and 11x14

Other Supplies

  • Paper Towels and Small trash bags. I prefer the blue shop towels.

  • Odorless Turpenoid or Gamsol and brush cleaning container.

  • Lightweight Easel - I recommend a Field Easel or Pochade box (Strada, Guerrilla Painter, Soltek, etc.). A Julian French Easel (half-box) is a bit heavy but will also be acceptable. Most Field Easels also require a sturdy tri-pod (camera tripod with a large mounting plate).


Additional Items to Consider

Drinking Water! 


Sun Hat 


Painters Umbrella

Baby wipes

Neutral-Colored Clothing (bright colors reflect)

Dress in layers

Insect repellant


Suggested Reading

Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting by John F. Carlson

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