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ART 241 — Plein Air Painting: Exploring the Environment

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Tues/Sat
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 7 weeks
Date(s): Jun 27—Aug 15
Time: See below
Drop Deadline: Jul 17
Units: 2
Tuition: $580
Instructor(s): Yvette Deas
Limit: 17
Status: Closed
Please Note: Full schedule: 7 Tuesdays, June 27 – August 15, 6:30 – 9:30 pm, no class on July 4; Saturday, August 12, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
On-campus course
See below
Jun 27—Aug 15
7 weeks
Drop By
Jul 17
2 Units
Yvette Deas
Please Note: Full schedule: 7 Tuesdays, June 27 – August 15, 6:30 – 9:30 pm, no class on July 4; Saturday, August 12, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
This course is the perfect choice for anyone seeking a mini-vacation, with a bit of adventure. Plein air (outdoor) painting is about taking painting out into the physical world. In this course, we explore different environments and approaches. We will do one painting in a different location each week, and those marks on paper or canvas will be the reflection of both your environment and how you feel in that moment. In the first class session, we will explore a variety of painting media along with basic color theory and setup. All following classes will begin with gathering as a group, then individual work and consultation with the instructor. The locations allow each person the choice of painting in relative solitude or near others. We will each make one painting per class, with the final class devoted to a full critique. Beginners may choose a path from water-soluble graphite crayons into watercolor, or oil pastel into oil or acrylic paint; or, they may dive into the painting medium of their choice. Advanced students may choose to push their current trajectory or switch media. Locations will range from the organic (cactus garden and ocean), to architecture and the human figure—both still (Rodin sculptures) and motion (a dive bar in the woods), and will result in a diverse portfolio, as well as a diverse practice.

This course is open to students of all levels, from beginners to advanced painters. Transportation to outdoor locations will be the responsibility of the student.

Students are encouraged to contact the instructor before class begins for advice regarding materials and personal paths of interest. Students must purchase their own art supplies for this course and can expect to spend an additional $300–$500 on these materials.

Yvette Deas, Lecturer, Art & Art History, Stanford

Yvette Deas has shown work regionally and nationally. Primarily a realist, figurative painter, she focuses on the idiosyncratic and personal. Deas received an MFA from Stanford, as well as the Centennial Teaching Award.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.