Alabama Plein Air Artists

Painting the Great Outdoors

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Think “College Level Class” with a focus on Painting from Life; Composition; and Concept. Including Monthly Themes supported by Painting Demonstrations and brief Power-Point presentations in Art History & Design. Regular Drawing exercises. Third Wed of each month is typically “Artist Choice” Day, so students can bring material from home to work on with individual guidance from Amy. Occasionally, Last Wed of each month is “Plein Air Day”. Throughout this course, students will learn how abstract concepts influence Amy’s work; look at composition; value structure; the ‘good bones’ that make up a painting, be it representational or abstract. Amy revisits basic concepts regularly, to lay down a strong foundation so your more expressive qualities, unique to your own creative voice and style, can really flourish! 
Amy works and demonstrates primarily in oil paint. Students may work in the media of their choice. Currently, various students are working in oil, acrylic, gouache and watercolor.

Instructor: Amy Peterson —Instructor’s Website

Location: Forstall Art Center, 215 20th Street N., Birmingham, AL 35203

Dates and Times: Wednesdays, 9:30am-12:30pm.
Fee: $125 for 4 weeks.

Registration: Call Forstall Art Center at (205) 870-0480 to reserve class spots.


Amy will share her approach to painting flowers and bouquets from photographs. All Participants will paint from the same floral image (bring your laptop or tablet) with individual and group guidance from Amy. Includes Painting Demonstration and tips for using “Procreate” App (not a requirement to have this app!). Workshop will address key questions to consider BEFORE and DURING the Painting: How to begin? How to go about cropping? Is an undertone necessary? How to handle the background? How to make flowers look soft and natural? How to avoid “chalky” whites? How to use particular brushes and pigments effectively. Limited to 9 students. Lunch provided–Level 2: Intermediate – Assumes the student has some experience in the medium. Reviews basic techniques and offers individual assistance but moves at a faster pace. ​

Instructor: Amy Peterson Instructor’s Website

Location: Forstall Art Center, 215 20th Street N., Birmingham, AL 35203

Dates & Times: Saturday, May 9, 2020. 10am – 4pm. Space limited to 9

Fee: $125, supplies needed. $50 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit required to hold your place.

Registration: Call Forstall Art Center at (205) 870-0480