Starting September 21, 2019 One Day, Saturday, September 21

Creating Moving and Evocative Plein Air Paintings

$110 members

$120 for non-members

Saturday, September 21, 10:00am-4:00pm 
Instructor: Steve Griggs

Course description: Plein Air is the French term for painting outside. The term originated with the French Impressionists who took their easels outdoors to capture the landscape before them. The best way to learn to paint a landscape is get outside and paint it! And what better time than on a beautiful autumn day in Evergreen.

In this one-day workshop you will be invited to try out a variety of watercolor painting strategies and techniques with an emphasis on developing moving and evocative brush strokes. You will learn about color mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness, and lost and found edges, while painting short, warm-up sketches as well as finished landscape paintings.

This plein air workshop is designed for all skill levels but minimal supplies and a painting surface or easel are required to paint outdoors. During the workshop there is sure to be a lot of laughter and camaraderie as participants move out of their comfort zones and encourage one another’s efforts.


About the Instructor
Steve’s love of art started early in life. While other children would lament field trips to the art museum, that was his favorite day of the school year! Steve’s mother bought his first ‘real’ watercolor set of six tubes of paint, when he was in elementary school and his love of watercolor was born. Growing up in a large family made finding time and space for painting difficult. Whenever possible Steve would steal away to the basement of his childhood home where he would paint but never show anyone what he had done. Steve remained a ‘closet artist’ until he attended Michigan State University and graduated with a degree in Studio Art. Steve later attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and studied Industrial Design. It wasn’t until 2005 that Steve began to paint professionally, showing his paintings in galleries and juried art exhibitions. He currently has signature membership with Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Society and Colorado Watercolor Society.

Steve’s earliest influences and inspirations came from the Great Lakes region where he grew up. Throughout his lifetime he has been enamored of boats. Sailing vessels, lake freighters, military frigates; any type of boat has captured his imagination. Although Steve has resided in Colorado for many years, his paintings often reflect his love of the Great Lakes, fostered by frequent trips to his hometown near Detroit, Northern Michigan, and Wisconsin.

In addition to boats, Steve also paints landscapes and cityscapes. Steve frequently displays and sells work in local, state, regional, national, and international exhibitions and galleries. He offers workshops, demonstrations, and salons, as well as individual and small group painting lessons to help other artists understand and learn his unique style. Steve’s students range from the very inexperienced artist to the professional painter. His paintings can be found on Facebook,Twitter, and Instagram.

Steve is currently represented by Mirada Fine Art Gallery in Indian Hills.


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Supply List

  • Brushes – the best quality watercolor brush(s) you have available
  • Paint – Ultamarine Blue, Cadmium Red, and Cadmium Yellow, Neutral Tint OR Paynes Grey watercolor paint. I prefer you use tube paints for this class, if possible.
  • Your own water supply for washing brushes as well as containers for your water
  • A mixing palette
  • A single sheet of 140# Arches Watercolor rough
  • Masking tape or blue painter’s tape for adhering the paper to your board (I will supply boards)
  • A box of inexpensive facial tissue (no lotions added)
  • A garbage bag to remove your garbage at the end of the class

This is not an exhaustive list, just the minimum. Please bring anything else you feel you’d like to have on site.