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Kristen Olson Stone Fine Art

Plein Air Workshop In Palm Desert

Plein Air Workshop In Palm Desert

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Art Class Description

We will at our painting location 10 minutes before the start of the class.

This will be a small group class. It is always an amazing experience to get out into nature and paint the beauty of the desert landscape.

I'll begin with a 1 hour morning painting demonstration with instruction in drawing, design, simplification of the landscape and painting techniques. My palette will be visible at all times so you can watch me mix colors.  I demonstrate in oils and watercolors. 

For the rest of the afternoon I will go from person to person offering personal instruction to each of you at your level.  I will support you as you develop your own painting style.

This class is suitable for beginners through advanced painters and open to artists painting in all mediums.

Scroll down to preview the suggested materials lists for each medium.

Workshop will be from 9:30am-3:00pm

For classes at Sunnylands, parking is free and it is free to enter the park.  A link to their website is : Sunnylands

For classes at The Living Desert, parking is free, there is a fee to enter the park, visit their website to view the different options The Living Desert

For all other locations I'll email you regarding parking information.

Watercolor supply list:

A 12 -24 pan watercolor set. I prefer the Rembrandt watercolor paints but any artist quality brand is fine. One, round brush such as a #6 or #8 or a dagger brush.  I like the Silverbrush Black Velvet Voyage Brush.  A 6" x 8" or 9" x 12" watercolor sketchbook, a pencil or leadholder and a white plastic eraser, or a permanent ink pen, a small cup for water and a few paper towels.  You may also want to bring a lightweight stool or folding chair.

Oil or acrylic supply List:

Ultramarine blue deep or Cobalt blue, Turquoise or permanent green deep, Pyrole red or Cadmium red light. permanent red violet or Quinacridone rose, Alizarin crimson or Permanent madder deep, Cadmium yellow medium, Cadmium yellow lemon, Titanium white, Ivory black.  2-3 palette knives and/or 5 paint brushes, rags or paper towels, a canvas panel in a smallish size such as 11" x 14" and a plein air easel.

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What student's say

Kristen, thank you for the great workshop! Everyone agreed we have never had anyone give such an informative presentation. 

Right now I have to paint a large canvas for my granddaughter-to-be. My daughter wants cactus and succulents, with flowers. After listening to you, I just did the undercoat in pink to go with all the green. I am glad I took notes and really paid attention to YOU. Hoping to get a chance to paint in one of your future workshops again soon.....Debbie H

I have taken a number of workshops, mentoring sessions and online classes and Kristen is hands-down my favorite instructor. She is not only an extremely talented artist, but an effective teacher. It is truly a gift to be able to provide valuable and meaningful advice and guidance in a positive and inspirational way. Kristen is so encouraging and can explain difficult concepts clearly and put them in the context of your individual skills as an artist. I highly recommend Kristen’s online classes and if you have the opportunity to work with her in person, don’t miss it!.....Marie

I loved how you used a slightly different mix of colours as you continued, and you carefully and clearly explained the colours you were blending. This made it a lot easier to follow and achieve a result far greater than I thought I could have done otherwise. 

The construction lines were a great tool and explaining how they worked during the compositional stage really helped pull the foreground into the focal point. I kept this in mind as I continued the finishing touches and I believe it made a huge difference to my finished painting. 

My big 'aha' moment was when you were describing shapes and discussing having too many of the same size. I then looked at the positive and negative shapes and saw my work from a completely different perspective. This was a game changer for me. 

Thank you so much Kristen, this has been a wonderful painting to do, I have learnt so much and look forward to painting many more......Sophia H


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