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Plein Air Oil Painting Workshop

  • Big East Fork Retreat 5375 Big East Fork Road Franklin, TN, 37064 United States (map)

We are all artists on a creative journey. One of the most memorable mile markers is the realization that we are painting light, not objects. Join me and leave the comfort of indoors to learn the lessons painting outdoors can teach. 

My plein air painting class will focus on the essential challenges of painting outdoors: the ability to see light, to simplify and organize the subject matter, and to present it in a simple and straightforward manner. 

The class is open to artists of all levels. The goal for the class is to teach the fundamentals of plein air painting, put the student on a path that is self-sustaining, meet other creative spirits, and to have fun.

Easels and painting supplies are provided in your class fee of $149. We will be using water-soluble oil paints. 

Wear comfortable painting clothes and shoes. A hat or visor is recommended. Bring a sack lunch. 

Beginners are welcomed and encouraged.

Reservations are required, 615-599-4006 or

Instructor: Susan Jones
Susan is a very active art instructor, teaching both children and adults in a variety of settings; on-going classes, evening or afternoon paint-along parties, private lessons, and one- and two-day workshops. Most of her classes benefit worthy non-profits in her home town of Columbia, Tennessee, including Friends of Maury County Parks, Spring Hill Parks, Pet Pals of Maury County, The Family Center, The Athenaeum Rectory, and aMuse’um Children’s Museum, just to name a few. A portion of the fees for her commissioned pet portraits benefit three local animal rescues: Pet Pals of Maury County, Snooty Giggles Dog Rescue, and Russell Rescue.

Event is sponsored by the Center for Sustainable Stewardship.  

Earlier Event: October 13
Palette Knife Paint-Along Class "Barn"