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May 18, 2021

ART - Painting En Plein Air with Jill McGannon

Alpharetta Art Center • 238 Canton Street AlpharettaGA  30009 Organized by Alpharetta Recreation Parks & Cultural Services Department
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We're sorry, but this activity is over. The last meeting was Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

As part of the Paint The Town plein air event, artist Jill McGannon will be offering an Oils or acrylics workshop for all skill levels. Jill will take students through the creation of a plein air painting, from selecting what to paint, creating a strong and dynamic composition, to the block in and then painting. Veteran painters will build upon their skillsets working with an award-winning artist. She'll demonstrate working from large shapes to small, dark to light, and thin to thick paint. Starting with a 2-color block in, then mixing secondary colors from a palette of a warm and a cool of each primary color to create color harmony in the final painting. Jill will do a 1-hour demo, then students will start blocking in their paintings. After lunch break, Jill will quickly go back over her approach to plein air, then students will continue to paint. Jill will be walking around during the class to offer suggestions, tips and critiques as everyone paints

Ages: 16+

Cost: $125 Residents - $187.5 Non-Residents

Dates Day Time

May 18 Tue 9:00an - 4:00pm

Supply List

Paint: oil, acrylic, water mixable oils

Color suggestions: Cadmium yellow pale hue, Yellow Ochre, Naples Yellow, Cadmium Orange hue, Cadmium Red hue, Burnt Umber, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Pthalo Blue, Ivory Black, Titanium White. Optional: Naples yellow and Yellow Ochre

2-4 Canvases or panels (9”x12”, 11”x14”, or 12”x16”’s) Needs to fit onto your easel and into your wet paint carrier

Bristle Brushes: 6 brushes that are ¾” wide (size 10), 6 that are ½” wide plus a few other smaller and larger brushes. Filberts and flats in shape

12”x16” palette or larger

Plein Air Easel with tray for paints (example:https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MYAYGBH/?tag=artmag65-20) Painting easels are available at arts center for use at arts center but participants will need a small folding table or snack table to hold supplies

Sketch pad and pencil

Vinyl or plastic gloves

T-square for straight lines

Wet paint carrier, pizza box, or a plastic bin to transport your wet paintings back home. (ex: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=wet+canvas+carrier&hvadid=78546413362990&hvbmt=bb&hvdev=c&hvqmt=b&tag=mh0b-20&ref=pd_sl_rm8vp434j_b)

Plastic bags for your wet brushes to transport home.

Paper towels

Water container

Gamsol or turpenoid for oils

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Front Terrace at Alpharetta Art Center


Jill McGannon


May 18, 2021

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM


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Ages 16-99 · Co-Ed


Alpharetta Art Center

238 Canton Street AlpharettaGA  30009

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