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Plein Air Acrylics in the Garden

Valencia Carroll


($194.00 members)


Adult (16+)


All levels


July 13 - August 10, 2022




5:00 PM - 8:00 PM



5 sessions


Kruckeberg Botanic Garden

20312 15th Ave NW, Shoreline, WA 98177, USA

Registration Deadline:

July 5, 2022

Before enrolling, please read the workshop/class Policies and Waivers.


This class is all about visually exploring nature and painting from observation. By the end of this course, you will be able to head out into the field with the confidence that you need to complete a plein air painting. You will learn what kind of equipment to use in the field, what materials you will need for plein air painting, how to choose a subject and compose the scene, how to analyze the scene in 3-4 values, and how to use visual vocabulary to capture the beauty of the great outdoors.

Both beginner and more advanced painters will benefit from this class and will enjoy learning with others in the natural beauty of Kruckeberg Botanic Garden. Some drawing experience can be helpful but is not required.


If you would like, you can purchase supplies online from Blick using this Blick U Course Supplies List. Please allow for shipping and processing time. If you would prefer to purchase supplies in person at a retailer, we suggest Artist & Craftsman Supply in the University District or the Dick Blick Art Materials on Capitol Hill.

  • Sketchbook

  • Pencil 4B or 6B

  • Palette or Palette Paper

  • Canvas Panels (bring 5-10 to practice on) - range in size according to personal preference from 5"x7" to 12"x16"

  • Hog Bristle Brushes (like Winsor & Newton), filbert, round, and/or flat, depending on preference - sizes 2 , 6 , 8 , and optional larger.

  • Palette Knife

  • Acrylic Paints (see below). Professional grades by Golden or Utrecht are preferable, but student grades like Blick Studio Acrylics will work just fine for this class.

  • Titanium White, 30 ml

  • Burnt Sienna, 30 ml

  • Ultramarine Blue, 30 ml

  • Cadmium Yellow Medium, 30 ml

  • Ivory Black (optional), 30 ml

  • Any other colors already on hand

  • Acrylic Retarder

  • Water Container with lid (like an old pickle jar or mason jar with tight-fitting lid)

Recommended items:

  • Easel for outdoor painting or Pochade. ShoreLake Arts will provide table top easels, but if you prefer to use your own standing easel or pochade, we encourage you to do so.

  • StayWet Palette (like the Masterson Premier Palette - 16" x 12" x 1 3/4")

  • Bug Repellent

  • Camera or Camera on Phone

  • Sunscreen

  • Hat

  • Water Bottle

  • Snacks


Plein Air Acrylics in the Garden

Valencia Carroll


Valencia Carroll is a classically trained oil painter. She has exhibited, presented and taught art workshops throughout western WA. She has also served as Art Docent Program Coordinator in the Northshore School District for multiple years. Her latest artwork explores the subject of play while enjoying drawing and experimenting with composition throughout her process.

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