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Calling All Plein-Air Painters: WAS-H Outdoor Painting Opportunities


WAS-H is excited to organize some outdoor socially distanced meet up opportunities to paint. The Spring Plein Air events are listed below. 

Plein Air Painting Events

    • April 20, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Menil Collection Park
    • 57
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    Plein Air Painting - Menil Collection Park

    Kathleen Church, Facilitator
    kechurch@mac.com

    Do you love painting outdoors, in "plein air?"  Painters will meet on Tuesday, April 20th at the Menil Collection Park from 10am to 1pm.

    Paint green spaces, outdoor sculpture and local architecture at this lovely park. You can park at WAS-H and walk over, or park on nearby streets. 

    This is a casual meeting of WAS-H members who want to paint outdoors. Please observe social distancing and location rules. Register to receive updates about the event, and so the coordinator has an idea of who to be on the look out for. There is no fee or instruction, just come to paint and have fun.

    Supplies:

    Bring the supplies you can comfortably carry, and a lightweight stool. Some like to paint in their laps on a block or in a sketchbook. Check out suggested supplies from these seasoned plein air painters.

    Brenda Swenson: Brenda's Supplies

    Stephanie Bower: Stephanie's Supplies 

    • April 27, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Rothko Chapel Grounds
    • 59
    Register

    Plein Air Painting - Rothko Chapel Grounds

    Kathleen Church, Facilitator
    kechurch@mac.com

    Do you love painting outdoors, in "plein air?"  Painters will meet on Tuesday, April 27th at the Rothko Chapel grounds from 10am to 1pm.

    The Rothko Chapel grounds are at 3900 Yaupon at Sul Ross.

    The Rothko Chapel grounds are a welcoming, calming green space. The grounds act as an extension of the Chapel itself, making them an ideal place to reflect on your experience of the Chapel and the Broken Obelisk, or simply have a quiet moment of escape from the outside world. 

    This is a casual meeting of WAS-H members who want to paint outdoors. Please observe social distancing and location rules. Register to receive updates about the event, and so the coordinator has an idea of who to be on the look out for. There is no fee or instruction, just come to paint and have fun.

    Supplies:

    Bring the supplies you can comfortably carry, and a lightweight stool. Some like to paint in their laps on a block or in a sketchbook. Check out suggested supplies from these seasoned plein air painters.

    Brenda Swenson: Brenda's Supplies

    Stephanie Bower: Stephanie's Supplies 

    • May 04, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • River Oaks Shopping Center
    • 60
    Register

    Plein Air Painting - River Oaks Shopping Center including the River Oaks Movie Theater

    Kathleen Church, Facilitator
    kechurch@mac.com

    Do you love painting outdoors, in "plein air?"  Painters will meet on Tuesday, May 4th at the River Oaks Shopping Center, including the iconic River Oaks Movie Theater from 10am to 1pm.

    The River Oaks Shopping Center is at 1964 West Gray. Here is more information: https://www.riveroaksshoppingcenter.com. There is plenty of parking and people watching, in addition to beautiful architecture.

    This is a casual meeting of WAS-H members who want to paint outdoors. Please observe social distancing and shopping center rules. Register to receive updates about the event, and so the coordinator has an idea of who to be on the look out for. There is no fee or instruction, just come to paint and have fun.

    Supplies:

    Bring the supplies you can comfortably carry, and a lightweight stool. Some like to paint in their laps on a block or in a sketchbook. Check out suggested supplies from these seasoned plein air painters.

    Brenda Swenson: Brenda's Supplies

    Stephanie Bower: Stephanie's Supplies 

    • May 11, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • WAS-H Member's country home
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    Plein Air Painting - WAS-H Member's Country Home 

    Kathleen Church, Facilitator
    kechurch@mac.com

    Do you love painting outdoors, in "plein air?"  Painters will meet on Tuesday, May 11th at Jan S.'s country home outside of Houston. More details to come on this registration only event.

    This is a casual meeting of WAS-H members who want to paint outdoors. Register to receive updates about the event, and so the coordinator has an idea of who to be on the look out for. There is no fee or instruction, just come to paint and have fun.

    Supplies:

    Bring the supplies you can comfortably carry, and a lightweight stool. Some like to paint in their laps on a block or in a sketchbook. Check out suggested supplies from these seasoned plein air painters.

    Brenda Swenson: Brenda's Supplies

    Stephanie Bower: Stephanie's Supplies 

    • May 18, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • McGovern Centennial Gardens at Hermann Park
    • 60
    Register

    Plein Air Painting - Hermann Park

    Kathleen Church, Facilitator
    kechurch@mac.com

    Do you love painting outdoors, in "plein air?"  Painters will meet on Tuesday, May 18th at the McGovern Centennial Gardens in Hermann Park from 10am to 1pm.

    McGovern Centennial Gardens at 1500 Hermann Drive, directions as follows:

    • If coming on 59 North, exit Fannin. Turn left at Hermann Drive. Turn right into Parking Lot C at either Crawford Street or Jackson Street.
    • If coming on 59 South, exit and turn right at Main Street. Go around Mecom Fountain and take Hermann Drive. Turn right into Parking Lot C at either Crawford Street or Jackson Street.
    • If coming on 288 North, exit MacGregor and curve right onto North MacGregor. Turn right onto Almeda Road (first stop light). Turn left onto Hermann Drive. Turn left onto Hermann Drive. Turn left into Parking Lot C at either Jackson Street or Crawford Street.
    • If coming on 288 South, exit MacGregor, turn left onto North MacGregor. Turn right onto Almeda Road (first stop light). Turn left onto Hermann Drive. Turn left into Parking Lot C at either Jackson Street or Crawford Street.
    More details on the location can be found here, https://www.hermannpark.org or see here for map of the gardens,  https://www.hermannpark.org/media/uploads/PDFs/centenntial_gardens_map_.pdf

    This is a casual meeting of WAS-H members who want to paint outdoors. Please observe social distancing and any Hermann Park rules. Register to receive updates about the event, and so the coordinator has an idea of who to be on the look out for. There is no fee or instruction, just come to paint and have fun.

    Supplies:

    Bring the supplies you can comfortably carry, and a lightweight stool. Some like to paint in their laps on a block or in a sketchbook. Check out suggested supplies from these seasoned plein air painters.

    Brenda Swenson: Brenda's Supplies

    Stephanie Bower: Stephanie's Supplies 

    • May 25, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Japanese Garden at Hermann Park
    • 60
    Register

    Plein Air Painting - Hermann Park

    Kathleen Church, Facilitator
    kechurch@mac.com

    Do you love painting outdoors, in "plein air?"  Painters will meet on Tuesday, May 25th at the Japanese Garden in Hermann Park from 10am to 1pm.

    The entrance to the Japanese Garden is near the Pioneer Memorial obelisk just off Molly Ann Smith Plaza near the Heart of the Park. The closest parking lot is Lot A, located just off Sam Houston Monument Circle. More details on the location can be found here, https://www.hermannpark.org.

    This is a casual meeting of WAS-H members who want to paint outdoors. Please observe social distancing and any Hermann Park rules. Register to receive updates about the event, and so the coordinator has an idea of who to be on the look out for. There is no fee or instruction, just come to paint and have fun.

    Supplies:

    Bring the supplies you can comfortably carry, and a lightweight stool. Some like to paint in their laps on a block or in a sketchbook. Check out suggested supplies from these seasoned plein air painters.

    Brenda Swenson: Brenda's Supplies

    Stephanie Bower: Stephanie's Supplies 

Upcoming events

What do I Bring to a Paint Out?

The short answer is whatever you need to paint. Here is a suggested list to get you started on packing your plein-air painting kit.

  • Folding stool or chair to sit on
  • Easel, stool or chair for board
  • Board, clips or tape and paper or a watercolor block
  • Favorite paints and portable palette
  • Brushes
  • Water and container for painting
  • Paper towels or tissues
  • Rolling, folding metal cart to tote
  • Sketchbook and pencils and erasers
  • Camera or cell phone camera
  • Ruler or straight edge
  • Lunch or snack and drinks
  • Insect repellant
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Large umbrella for shade

TIP: Take lots of photos for reference, especially as lighting changes. The photos may be as important as the painting as they allow you to complete the paint- ing at home if necessary, or start over with lots of fresh material for future paintings.

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