Paint the Great Outdoors! A Plein Air Workshop
Instructor: Jakub Kukla
The location to be determined (it will be in the Portland metro area).
Saturday, July 15
10 am – 2 pm (you can stay longer to work)
Paint nature with confidence! This workshop will give students the opportunity and tools to paint outdoors with confidence, and it is appropriate both for seasoned and beginning painters alike. During the first 30 minutes, the instructor will demo how to set up an easel, how to look for and hone in on effective compositions, and how to build up a painting from the initial base layer to the final wonderful highlights. Students will explore compositional sketches, after which they will paint their own plein air painting. The instructor will assist in answering questions and giving helpful tips and guidance. Everyone will be able to walk away with at least 3 compositional sketches and one final plein air painting.
Artist Bio Jakub Kukla, also known as Kuba, is an innovative Czech-American artist who works mainly in oils and acrylics. His passion for human connection and the arts led him to graduate from the Johnston Center of Integrative Studies at the University of Redlands with a BA in Human Connection: Music, Language, and the Arts. He then completed an artist residency in Oaxaca, Mexico. Kuba has had numerous solo art exhibitions and has taken part in group art exhibitions in the United States, Mexico, and China. He attended the Plein Air Art Convention in California and the Figurative Art Convention in Virginia.
Kuba’s love of people, global travel, and cultural diversity is reflected in every stroke of his brush. His art is a celebration of life, beauty, and the challenges we all face, and he uses his talent to connect people across from the globe. He believes that art has the power to inspire, connect, and even transform people. He is a personable artist who is passionate about hearing the stories of others and sharing his own. He welcomes the opportunity to connect with collectors and fans and would love to invite you to his art studio in Portland, Oregon or visit you anywhere in the world!
- Easel (French or foldable, or matchbox, or a table easel if you prefer to sit at a picnic table).
- Paints Your choice of oils or acrylics.
- 3 primary colors (choose ones you’re drawn to).
- I recommend a maximum of 5 colors, such as the 3 primaries plus 2 secondary colors of your liking.
- Paint brushes for acrylics or oils. A palette knife if you like.
- Palette (or whatever you like to place/mix your paint on).
- If painting in oils: Thinner (odorless mineral spirits of water jug (must bring water in and take dirty water out) and a jar to clean brushes.
- If painting in acrylics: container of water.
- Sketchpad & pencil
- If painting in oils: Disposable gloves
- Paper towels or rags
- Painting surface: Canvas or wood panel (or whatever surface you want to paint on, I recommend always bringing 3). Work as large as you are comfortable working.
- Trash bag
- Drinking water
- Sun screen
- Baby wipes