“Plein Air” Workshop with Chris Willey

"Riverfront" by Chris Willey

“Riverfront” by Chris Willey

Join the ranks of Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Vincent Van Gogh and many more artists who have painted many of their masterpieces outdoors.  Artist and art professor Chris Willey is conducting a  two-day “Plein Air’ workshop on Friday and Saturday, June 3-4, 2016, for artists at all levels.

“Have you been intimidated about working outside ‘plein air?'” asks Willey. “I will break it down into steps so that you know what materials to bring, how to begin, how to finish.”

The classes will meet 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 3-4, at Images Art Gallery, 7320 W. 80th St., Overland Park, Kansas.  The workshop is for all student levels.

"Broomweed" by Chris Willey.

“Broomweed” by Chris Willey.

“Day one we will be working inside to begin. We will discuss what materials you need, and discuss how to begin,” Willey said.  “We will then head outside to a park nearby.  I will do a demo in oil, and we will all do some small studies.”

On the second day, the class will begin in the park, where Willey will do another demonstration. Students will build on one of the studies and finish one or two paintings.

“Plein air is based on light and weather,” Willey said. “The light changes so quickly that one only has a couple of hours to really work on a painting. We will bring them back to the studio for a final critique and wrap up.

Plein air can work in a variety of mediums.  Oils, acrylics and pastels are all welcome in this workshop.  The same principles apply to all three mediums, and I am fluent in all of them.”

Willey is a retired art professor from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri.  Willey taught plein air as a class for many years and has also taken artists to Great Britain, France and the Netherlands for workshops.

When: Friday-Saturday, June 3-4, 2016, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

"Osage Point Sky" by Chris Willey

“Osage Point Sky” by Chris Willey

Location: Images Art Gallery, 7320 W. 80th St., Overland Park, Kansas, 66204; telephone: 913-232-7113

Cost: $175.00 Workshop fee is refundable, less $40, up to May 27.  After that date, the fee will be refunded only if someone takes your place. Make sure to include your telephone number and email address when you register. Pay with credit card or check payable to Images Art Gallery.  Drop off check or mail to Images Art Gallery, 7320 W. 80th St., Overland Park, Kansas, 66204. You can call in your credit card number or pay by credit card at the gallery: telephone: 913-232-7113

Supplies: A supply list will be given after registration.  Class size is limited. Sign up soon!

"Rush Creek" by Chris Willey

“Rush Creek” by Chris Willey