Workshop + Cabin 9: Oregon Outback Plein Air




This package includes a 6-night stay in Cabin #9, registration for Outback Plein Air with Jordan Walker and a Group Dinner.

Choose “single” for one workshop registration and single cabin occupancy.

Choose “double” for two workshop registrations and double cabin occupancy.

This studio cabin has an open concept with a shared living & bedroom space. This cabin is part of the northern trio of cabins that faces the pond. It has a queen bed, a kitchen with an apartment-sized range and a small dorm-sized refrigerator,  a dining area with table and chairs and a bathroom with shower. Includes a large writing/work desk in the main living area. View the wild life on the pond from your private deck.

This package includes a reserved camping spot for 6 nights in the PLAYA garden, registration for Outback Plein Air with Jordan Walker, and a Group Dinner. Price listed is per camper plus registration for the workshop regardless of individual or shared tent. Two maximum campers for this workshop. TENT camping only.

The garden campsites are only steps away from the Garden House and the main Commons lodge. You will have full access to the large kitchen, dining area, living room and bathroom with the other campers and single room renters of the Garden House. This low-cost option creates more affordability for folks on a budget. We have 2 spots available in the garden.  No pets or outdoor campfires allowed.

Workshop Description:  During this intensive 5 day workshop we will explore the principles of landscape painting; including composition, value, depth, and color. We will paint directly from life in the incredible wild spaces around the Summer Lake region. We will paint together through 4 days of exciting demonstration and instruction, and the final class day will be open to exploration. We’ll spend our first day on the Playa campus, concentrating on fundamentals with thumbnail drawings and monochromatic paintings. During the following days, we’ll work with a split primary palette and learn to record some of the subtleties of nature while altering what we see to create compelling images. This class will also touch on essential techniques of oil painting such as paint application, edge control, and color mixing. While oil is my medium of choice, students are welcome to bring any other painting mediums that they have experience working in and would like to try in the field. Prior painting experience is preferred, but beginners are also welcome.

Materials list (writing items you recommend that they bring):

  • Please Bring; 
  • Sketchbook – Inexpensive sketchbook or drawing pad 6” x 8” or larger (feel free to bring a sketchbook you’ve already started)
  • Drawing Pencil – HB  (I recommend Tombow Mono pencils, but any brand will do! You may also want to bring a portable pencil sharpener)
  • Oil Paint Essentials- I prefer M. Graham brand Paint, but feel free to bring paint you may have in other brands.  This is a split primary palette of colors that will allow you to mix nearly every color in nature.
    • Titanium While
    • Azo Yellow
    • Indian Yellow
    • Pyrrol Red
    • Alizarin Crimson
    • Burnt Umber
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Prussian Blue
  • Palette – Paper or glass Palette (9” x 12” or larger)
  • Palette Knife – Either RGM #1, #24, #22, or similar
  • Brushes – synthetic or hog bristle (Princeton Aspen brand recommended) Flat #0, Flat #6 or #8, and Flat #10. Please feel free to bring any brushes you may already have.
  • Solvent – Gamsol (4 oz bottle or more), Silicoil jar, or other container with lid.
  • Rags – Soft Polishing cloths (found in many hardware stores) or paper towels. Old t-shirts also work .
  • Panels – (Ampersand gessoboard, Oil or Acrylic primed linen panels, or hardboard  that you’ve gessoed yourself) 8 or more panels, 6” x 8”, 8” x 10”, or 9” x 12”.
  • Easel – Portable standing easel or pochade box. (a google search for ‘plein air setup’ will give you a good idea of some available options.)
  • Chair (Optional) – you may want to bring a lightweight folding chair if you’re not using a standing easel.
  • Table (Optional) – if your easel or pochade box does not have resting space for your paint and palette, you may want to bring a small collapsible table to set up beside you that can hold these.
  • Gloves (Optional) – I like to use Nitrile gloves to keep paint off my hands.
  • Cleanup – Masters Brush Cleaner and Preserver – plastic zip-lock or trash bags to hold used paint rags and other trash – baby wipes to clean hands in the field if not using gloves
  • Food – These class sessions will be long, and you may want to bring lunch or snacks to eat during bre


Tuesday, Sept. 24– arrival may begin after 2:00 pm- (Suggestion-PLAYA provided arrival happy hour 6-7pm)

Wednesday, Sept. 25; – Fundamentals at PLAYA Classroom

    • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Indoor session with demos and working time for fundamentals and thumbnail drawings – based on photo reference
    • 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm- Outdoor instructor demo for monochrome painting
    • 3:00 PM – 5:00 pm – Participants work on monochrome painting

Thursday, Sept. 26 – Split Primary Plein Air (Location TBD) – Focus on distance

    • 9:00 am – meet at location (somewhere directly around the playa or other large open expanse)
    • 9:10 am – 11:00 am – Instructor demo split primary and atmospheric perspective
    • 12:00 PM – 3:00 pm – Participants work on atmospheric paintings

Friday Sept. 27 – Focus on Closer Elements in a Scene (Location TBD)

    •   9:00 am – Meet at location
    •   9:10 am – 11:00 am – Instructor demo painting trees/rocks – emphasis on reflected light and solid form vs soft elements
    •   12:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Participants paint trees/rocks

Saturday,  Sept. 28 – Putting It All Together (Location TBD)

      •   9:00 am – Meet at location
    •   9:10 am – 11:00 am – Instructor demo painting a complex scene with many elements
    •   12:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Participants paint a complex scene

Sunday, Sept. 29 – Open Exploration

    •   Participants work to create at least 1 painting in a location of their choice.
    • Group share to review all the work made during the week


Additional information

Single | Double

Single, Double