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joelie hicks
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PostSubject: Plein Aire Painting Fun   Fri Jun 11, 2010 2:35 pm

Saturday, June 12 at the BS Wildlife refuge.
JoAn Melchild will do a demo and then set us loose to create landscape masterpieces.
Seriously, it is an opportunity to learn how to tackle landscapes without fear. Quick sketches w/pen and ink and/or watercolor that you can enjoy as is or elaborate on later. For all skill levels.
Admission: Free.
Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
bring a bag lunch or eat at the Odessa Cafe.
If you want to attend, call JoAn Melchild (320-839-7190) to register and for a list of materials needed.
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PostSubject: Re: Plein Aire Painting Fun   Fri Jun 11, 2010 5:17 pm

Join us at the Big Stone Wildlife Refuge
on Saturday, June 12.


The Big Stone Arts Council is sponsoring a plein aire painting outing in the Refuge. (Plein aire just means painting or sketching outdoors, you don't need a lot of equipment or supplies or experience.)



Come to the Wildlife Refuge office (seven miles south of Ortonville on 75/7, then turn off on Hwy 19 to Odessa) promptly at 9 am Saturday to see a demonstration on painting outside by JoAn Melchild. Have a cup of coffee and a donut and then go off to discover the wonderful scenes to paint or sketch along the Auto Tour Road at the Refuge. You will be given a map of the Refuge. There are places to park, new viewing ramps, and toilet facilities. Share rides with friends to different sites.



The Plein Aire painting session is free, but you will be asked to bring your own supplies. And because you need to carry everything with you, travel light. You should bring a camera, a lightweight folding chair, a sketchbook and /or a watercolor block, two brushes, a pencil, a small palette with the basic primary colors of watercolors--blue, red, and yellow. If you plan to sketch, you should bring a permanent pen, pastels, colored pencils, or oil paint sticks. A jar of water, a few sheets of paper toweling, Kleenex, and several ziplock bags will take care of your supplies.



For your personal comfort, bring bug spray, sun tan lotion, a hat with a brim , and a light weight waterproof jacket in case of rain. Pack a lunch or eat at the small café in Odessa at noon. You can continue to paint until 4 pm if you wish. Then we will gather back at the Refuge office for "show and tell" to share the work you have done.



Call JoAn Melchild at 320-839-7190, or e-mail jmelchild@wat.midco.net so we know how many donuts to buy.
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PostSubject: Re: Plein Aire Painting Fun   Sun Jun 13, 2010 12:05 am

The rain scared some people away but six of us showed up at the refuge. JoAn did an informal demo, everyone shared materials and tips and painted away using the window or reference photos of the refuge.
It is so great to have a place like the refuge and the chance for a workshop.
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