"Cottonwood Glory",  by Dan Young

“Cottonwood Glory”,
by Dan Young

Dan Young

Plein Air Painting Workshop

Dates: October 3 and 4, 2014

9 am – 4 pm

non-credit class cost: $120

Two day workshop class description

The emphasis of the class will be painting from life. There will be a short lecture the first morning. The remainder of the class will be out in the field. We will spend a lot time discussing the fundamentals of creating strong paintings on location. How you start the painting is such an important part of the process. We will work on getting a solid start on your paintings, so we spend less time correcting mistakes. Learning to see and editing are other important parts of the process that we will cover. We will discuss the importance of your field work and how it relates to your studio work. Come prepared to paint two small paintings a day. There will be demos, critiques and hopefully a few laughs.

Workshop location

Silt River Open Space Park, County Road 331

Supply List

Paint Colors

The following colors are the palette Dan uses. Any brand of professional grade paint you prefer is fine. It’s not required that you purchase all of them, but preferred you bring at least the first five colors:

  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Cadmium Orange
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Titanium White
  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Cadmium Lemon Yellow
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Cobalt Blu
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Sap Green
  • Cadmium Red Light
  • Viridian

Paint Panels:

  • A variety of boards or canvas panels‐ small sizes, 8×10, 10×12, 12×16, etc.
  • Dan works on linen panels; gessoed masonite panels are more affordable and work fine.


  • Assorted bristle brushes. Dan uses brights and flats. Bring your preference.
  • Recommend sizes #6, #8, and #10

Miscellaneous items

  • French Easel or portable outdoor easel
  • Paper towels or paint rags, trash bags
  • Turpentine or other odorless thinner and a container
  • Paint Palette
  • Palette knives
  • Sketch pad and drawing implement
  • Hat or visor, sunscreen
  • WATER and a sandwich just in case