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Plein Air Painting at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

Painting outdoors can present many challenges. Learn how to find vistas and vignettes that capture the light of the day. We address color theory, design, and painting techniques, and work to increase your ability to paint quickly and confidently.

Class is held at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, 2220 N. Terrace Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202.

Bring a drawing tool and sketchbook. The class starts with drawing exercises to simplify and understand light and shadow.

All mediums and skill levels are welcome, making it difficult to write a definitive supply list. Theoretically, all you need are red, blue, yellow, white, and a dark.

Suggested supplies for beginners:

  • A place to put your paint – palette
  • Brushes
  • Surface – depends on medium used – paper, canvas board or hard board, etc.
  • Medium – Paint – acrylic, watercolor, or oils
    • 2 Yellows
    • 2 Reds
    • 2 Blues
    • White
    • An earth tone, usually Burnt Umber

Suggested list of warm and cool colors:
Cool Yellows: Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Light (or Cad Yellow Lemon), Cad Yellow Lt. Hue.
Warm Yellows: Yellow Ochre, Hansa Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Deep and Medium, Lemon Yellow
Cool Reds: Alizarin, Cadmium Red Light
Warm Red: Naphthol Red, Cadmium Red Deep
Cool Blues: Phthalo Blue, Prussian Blue
Warm Blues: Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue



Jennifer Anderson

Jenny Anderson paints using natural minerals and pigments. She is passionate about using pure pigments, and her rich color palette extends into handmade pastels, oil paints, watercolor, egg tempera and black walnut ink. For 12 years she has been exploring the ... read more

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