Plein Air Watercolor Painting on the Central Coast

Date: Oct 8 2020 - Oct 11 2020


with Carolyn Lord

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The portability of watercolor makes it an ideal medium for plein air painting and early Fall is the perfect time of year to paint in and near San Luis Obispo. This 4-day workshop will include demonstrations of drawing, painting, how to interpret complex motifs, the importance of silhouettes, the division between light and shadow, organizing the watercolor palette, and working outdoors. Lord’s experience painting in oils and drawing at ateliers means that she is prepared to explain her painting concepts to artists who are new to watercolor.

This class will incorporate in-studio instruction at SLOMA and plein air painting at Shell Beach.

About the Instructor

Trained in the “California Watercolor Style,” Carolyn Lord’s artwork reflects her interest in gardens, landscape, and vernacular architecture.  Lord exhibits her watercolor and oil paintings in galleries, juried shows, and is a Signature member of the California Art Club, National Watercolor Society, California Watercolor association. Locally, Lord participated in SLOMA’s inaugural Plein Air Festival in 2002 and won “Best of Show” in 2011.  She was in “Gems of the Gold Coast,” a group show in 2011 that was coordinated by the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo and the California Art Club.  Lord has exhibited and has served as juror and workshop instructor for the Central Coast Watercolor Society. She had a solo show in SLOMA’s First Gallery in 2014, Cloudy With A Chance Of Persimmons. Lord participated in the SLOMA’s Point Buchon Plein Air Festival in 2017, and exhibited in the 2017 and 2019 Brushstrokes biennials.


October 8–11, 2020. 9 AM — 4 PM with breaks.

Registration $425 members, $450 general. Materials list online.

In consideration of our instructors, please review our cancelation policy: Students must pay in full at time of enrollment. Refunds may be requested up to 30 days prior to the workshop date and will be processed minus a $100 cancelation fee. No refunds or transfers will be granted after the 30 day mark. If the Museum of Art cancels the workshop, students will receive a full refund.

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