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Alla Prima – all at once or in one session

Plein Air – outside in the open air

Still life – a collection of objects arranged or selected with purpose

Come paint a lovely outdoor still life in this one day plein air painting workshop!

Award winning painter and our current exhibition artist Bethann Moran Handzlik will begin the workshop with a short demonstration and then help you get started on your own painting.  Bethann knows each participant is on their own artistic journey and she will give you individualized support and feedback to help you enjoy the process and improve your skill set.

The workshop will be outside but you will have access to the building and bathrooms.  Bring a bag lunch to snack on as you please.  Bethann will conclude the workshop by gathering all the paintings together to view and provide brief group critique.  The workshop is for all levels and is sure to be fun as it is informative.

For more information about Bethann please see her website: bethannmoran.com and Instagram @pasmeche. Bethann is represented by Tory Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee Wi and Edgewood Orchard Galleries in Door County Wi

Recommended Materials

Beth will be using oil paint but if you wish to bring a medium other than oil she will help you in the field.

Oil Paint
I tend to use a mixture of brands including: Willamsburg, Windsor & Newton, Gamblin, Holbien, Michael Harding.  If you have other colors on your palette you are welcome to use those.

Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Light (or hue), Yellow Ochre or Golden Ochre

Cadmium Orange (or hue) Transparent Red Oxide, Cadmium Red Light (or hue), Alizarin

Ivory Black, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Viridian, Raw Umber

Medium refined linseed oil

Solvent Gamsol

Palette cups  2 with lids

Brush cleaning container  I will be using Guerrilla Painter Plein Air 10oz stainless steel brush washer with removable screen insert.

Brushes Bring a selection of 6-8 brushes – flats, brights, rounds,– bristle, sable or synthetic if you prefer

Brushes I use routinely on small studies:

Blick Egbert #6 or Rosemary & Co Egbert #4 they have long bristles and nice spring to them.

#8 Flat Royal Sabletek Langnickel

#5 Flat Blick Masterstroke Red Sable

#4 Escoda classic bristle round

Sketchbook and pencil for sketching and taking notes

Easel   Portable plein air easel and contained palette or tripod mounted pochade box.

I will be using my Open M box and a tripod.  Bring what you feel comfortable working with.


Ampersand panel, canvas, or a hand primed panel is fine.

Paper Towels or paint rags

Optional materials / helpful items for plein air sessions – Hat, water bottle, make-up wipes with mineral oil, baggie for garbage, folding chair or stool, phone for black screen, clip-on umbrella and a way to get your work home safely, also because it is November, bring layers of warm clothes and a plastic bag with a rock or something heavy to weight your gear down.


CLICK HERE to register online

By Mail or In person – Monroe Arts Center (1315 11th Street, P.O. Box 472, Monroe, WI 53566)

CLICK HERE for Registration Form.


Scholarships are available for all classes at MAC. CLICK HERE for information!

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