Interested in hosting a Paint Out? Need some guidance on how or when? Contact our Paint Out Coordinator, Carol Cosgrove.

“1920s Tudor Mansion Paint Out” – Canton, OH

Date and time –Saturday April 28, 9:30-3:30, Show and tell/critique at 3:30
Location – Carriage Hill Apartments Club House, 5228 Everhard Rd NW, Canton OH 44718
OPAS Host:Bob Maurer, 330-316-8697
Becca Gustavel 330-633-1725

Paint Out: 1920s Tudor mansion (includes self guided interior tours), formal garden, formal entrance gate, English cottage in the woods– and even a woods– and more.
Show and tell/critique at 3:30
Becca and Bob will provide coffee, tea, water and a snack.
Bring your lunch or there are several fast foods and a grocery/deli within a mile and lots of delivery options.
Kitchen facilities available on site.

Restrooms available on site.

OPTIONAL SPECIAL FEATURE: includes the use of the indoor pool and hot tub, so come prepared for that if you wish to indulge. The facilities are available until 5:00pm.

More info to come

“Pleasant Hill Lake Park Paint Out” – Tiffin, OH

Date and time –Saturday, June 2, 2018
Time – Paint from 9 am – 2 pm, wet paint sale 2-3 pm
Location – Pleasant Hill Lake Park and Marina, 3431 OH-95, Perrysville, OH 44864
OPAS Host: Robin Roberts, 419-606-1620, email for questions or to RSVP

You can set up in several locations in the park, beach, marina, etc. In case of rain we could setup on the covered deck or inside the welcome center bldg. bathrooms are available at a couple locations. Wet paint sale will be held near the welcome center. Please bring your own easels to display your work. Sales are on your own.

More info to come

“Paint Out in Tiffin” – Tiffin, OH

Sunday, June 23, 2018

Date and time – Sunday, June 23, 2018
Location – Bailiwicks Coffee Shop, 62 S Washington St, Tiffin, OH 44883
OPAS Host: Doug Kelley, Dkelley81717@gmail.com567-224-1116

In collaboration with the City of Tiffin, OH; Ohio Plein Air Society, Tiffin Art Guild & Bailiwick’s Coffee Company
Free to paint in the competition for the day.
$10.00 participation entry fee applied to the Quick Draw.  100% of the collected entry fees will be applied to the Quick Draw award.
Make payment to “Tiffin Art Guild”
Awards and prize money to be announced soon.
One framed and wired painting from each Artist made on June 23rd can be entered for judging.
Award totals: $ TBD -Best In Show, $TBD – 1st, $TBD – 2nd, $TBD – 3rd, Mayor’s Pick – $TBD and Quick Draw award would be the entry pot.
OUR GOAL IS TO RAISE AN AWARD PURSE BETWEEN $1500 AND $2000.  Sales are to be expected at this event.  Please don’t feel I am trying to over sell the day.  It should be a good one and well attended as this is happening during the Tiffin Farmers Market that usually draws hundreds of people.
Wet paint sale will conclude at 7:00 pm.  Max 3 framed and wired paintings per Artist.
Surface stamping will be held at Bailiwick’s between 7:30 am and 9:30 am
3:00 pm Completed paintings are due for judging
3:30 to 5:30 Judging and Quick Draw contest
6:00 pm to 6:45 pm award presentation
With Support from the Following:
I am not particapating in the competition.  As the host I feel it could be a conflict of interest…
All money raised beyond the needed purse total will be used to fund youth and developmentally disabled art programs at the Tiffin Art Guild.
Hope to see you all there.

Doug Kelley

More info to come

“Ballet @ the Brickyard” – Mansfield, OH

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Date and time – Saturday, August 4, 2018
Location – The Brickyard is located behind Phoenix Brewing Company. 21 W Temple Ct, Mansfield, OH 44902
Times – Paint anytime throughout the day
Event – The actual event is from 6-10 PM.
OPAS Host: Robin Roberts

Note: If you plan to stay and display and/or sell your work in the provided tent area during the event, you have to let me know so I know how many people to plan on. DO NOT plan to leave your painting without staying. I will not be taking responsibility for the paintings.

However, come and paint anytime throughout the day as you wish.

This day of plein air painting will be advertised with the event.

The NEOs Dance Group has invited OPAS to this event. The plan is to paint around the carousel district in downtown Mansfield throughout the day and then display and sell our work in a tent at the actual event. The actual event begins at 6:00 pm and runs until 10:00 pm and includes outdoor gallery space featuring local artists, live visual artists, live music, cigars, and cognac. A VIP area (which costs extra) with wine, and wonderful cuisine is available. The General Population (us) is treated to food and drink provided by local food trucks and the Phoenix Brewing Company. Ticket price to get in as general population is $25. We get in free. 

The NEOs Dance group will put on a show starting around 8:00.

NEOs will provide a tent and tables for us to display wet paintings. Only paintings done during this day can be displayed. Depending on how many people stay, we may need to come up with a wall system for the tent.
You do not have to stay for the event in order to come and paint for the day. But your paintings can only be displayed if you stay there with them. They would appreciate having some people paint during the event as well.
Rough day schedule:
Show up and paint anytime throughout the day. Please stay within the Carousel District. You will be able to tell what that is. I will stay near the Brickyard.
I will likely make a day of it and do 2-3 paintings, but you can plan to come and paint whenever you want.
Return to the Brickyard by 5:30 with your painting(s), framed and wired to hang. 
The event runs from 6-10 pm. If you are showing and selling your work, please plan to stay the whole time.

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2018 Juried Show at Group Ten Gallery in Kent, OH

The Best of Ohio Plein Air Society II Show
Juror: Charles Basham

Show dates: May 19-June 22, 2018
The opening reception will be Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 6-8:30 pm with a quick paint beforehand.

Group Ten Gallery website:
Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00 and Saturdays 12:00-5:00

Click here to download the Prospectus as a PDF.

Entry Deadline is March 29, 2018 – Click ENTER below to go to the submission page at


­­­­­The Ohio Plein Air Society Show: The Best of OPAS II
At Group Ten Gallery in Kent, Ohio
A Juried, Plein Air Gallery Exhibition
Saturday, May 19th – Friday, June 22nd, 2018
Entry Deadline: March 29, 2018
Images – Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
This juried event will celebrate the plein air tradition by exhibiting, promoting, and selling an exclusive group
of works painted outdoors in the true spirit of plein air painting. Our juror will select the finest plein air works
from members of the Ohio Plein Air Society. We will celebrate at an opening on Saturday, May 19, 2018,
6:00 – 8:30 PM.
 We will hold a Quick-Paint prior to the reception. More info to come at a later date.There is no theme for this show. Please submit your very best plein air work.ENTRY DEADLINE:
· All entries must be submitted via Online Juried Shows ( by March 29, 2018. An entry start date has not been determined
· Artists MUST be members of the Ohio Plein Air Society to submit their works. Go to or call 419-606-1620 for membership informationENTRIES AND FEES:
· A non-refundable application fee of $25 will be collected from each artist submitting their works.
· This fee is payable online only by credit card via Online Juried Shows (
· Each artist may submit a maximum of 3 painting images
· This is strictly a juried showCONDITIONS OF ELIGIBILITY:
• All submissions MUST BE ORIGINAL PLEIN AIR PAINTINGS (at least 90% done on location)
· Paintings should be completed within the last two years
· Our juror will be choosing works they feel best represent the spirit of PLEIN AIR
· Please submit your best PLEIN AIR work only, no studio work
· All artwork MUST BE framed, and wired securely for hanging in a fine art gallery setting, no gallery-wraps please
· Works on paper and mediums susceptible to smearing/smudging MUST BE protected under glass or plexiglas
· Group Ten Gallery reserves the right to reject any artwork deemed improperly framed or improperly prepared for hanging
· Any work accepted to the juried show MUST BE present for the duration of the scheduled exhibition
· All work must be for saleJURYING PROCESS:
· Juror, Charles Basham

Charles Basham received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from Kent State University in his native state of Ohio, where he still resides on the family farm where he grew up. He has been making art for over forty years, and, as a result, has enjoyed much acclaim for his visually stimulating and emotionally charged landscapes.Throughout his career, Basham has become more and more attuned to the subtle changes in weather and atmosphere. In his pastels and oil paintings, the energy and impact of light is realized in harmonized color whose saturation and temperature have been pushed and raised beyond previous limits. In doing so, he has captured dramatic and compelling moments of morning and evening light over the farmlands of the Midwest and the marshes and beaches of the low country in South Carolina.
Mr. Basham is represented by Jerald Melberg Gallery Charlotte, NC

· All paintings submitted for judging will be reviewed by our juror between the dates of April 1, 2018 and April 8, 2018
· Each artist member may submit up to 3 paintings to be judged
· Each artist accepted will have a minimum of one painting in the show and a max of two paintings
· Each painting is judged on an individual basis and, therefore, considered on an individual basis for exhibition as well, not as a group
· Selections will be announced to ALL ARTISTS, regarding paintings selected or not, via Online Juried Shows by April 16, 2018 

· Drop-Off date is Saturday, May 12, 2018, from 12-5 pm
· Group Ten Gallery, 201 East Erie Street, Kent, OH 44240
· No shipping of paintings. We encourage group collaboration for delivery 

· A predetermined sales price MUST BE provided by the artist for each painting submitted to the show via Online Juried Shows
· Prior to receiving the money from a sale, the artist must complete a 2018 W9 form for tax purposes
· Group Ten Gallery will receive 30% commission for each sale, with the artist receiving 70% of sales and it will be paid at the show’s completion via check and mailed to the address provided in the artist’s application

· The exhibition officially ends Friday, June 22, 2018
· Pick-up date is: Saturday, June 23, 2018, 12-5 pm
· We encourage group collaboration for pickup

3/29/18 – All entries are due via Online Juried
4/1-8/18 – Juror reviews submissions
4/16/18 – Selections announced via Online Juried
5/12/18 – Selected paintings MUST BE dropped off at Group Ten Gallery between 12-5 pm
5/19/18 – Opening show reception from 6:00-8:30 pm at Group Ten Gallery
6/22/18 – Show concludes
6/23/18 – Pick up unsold Art at Group Ten Gallery between 12-5 pm

• Address for Group Ten Gallery, 201 East Erie Street, Kent, OH 44240
• The OPAS chair for this show is Doreen St. John with support from Jody CrowFuture Shows:
– The Riffe Gallery curated show: July 26, 2018 – Oct. 13, 2018
– OPAS Member Show at Springfield Museum of Art: Dec. 8, 2018 – March 9, 2019

2018 Curated Show at the Riffe Gallery and Southern Ohio Museum

The Ohio Plein Air Society Show: Creating Identity from Place
At The Riffe Gallery in Columbus, then traveling to the Southern Ohio Museum in Portsmouth

A curated, Plein Air Gallery Exhibition

Show dates:
At the Riffe Gallery: July 26 – October 13, 2018
At the SOM: January 26 – April (?), 2019

These are the artists representing OPAS for this curated show

Jon Browning              Ray Hassard                  Martha Carmody                  Cody Heichel
Ed Charney                  Karen LaValley              Thomas Cole                         Chris Leeper
Nora Daniel                 Michael McEwan          Debra Joyce Dawson           Robin Roberts
Edie Dean                    Doreen St. John            Ann Ferguson Kah                Bridgette Turner
Jim Glover                   Michelle Walker            Larry Golba                            Mary Jane Ward

Early July 2018- (Exact date TBA) paintings due at the Riffe Gallery
July 26, 2018- opening reception Riffe Gallery
July 27, 2018, 12:00 noon-1:00- lunchtime gallery talk with the Curator
October 13, 2018- closing of the Riffe Gallery
January 26, 2019- Exhibition opens at Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center
April, 2019- (Date TBA) Exhibition closing reception with paint-out in Portsmouth

2018 OPAS Member Show at Springfield Museum of Art

“Farms en Plein Air”
Juror: Dan Knepper

Show dates: Dec. 8, 2018 – March 9, 2019
The opening reception will be Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 from 5-7:30 pm. Lots more info to come.

Get out there and start painting those farms.

The 15th Annual Ohio Plein Air Competition is in Cincinnati, Ohio, Sept. 27-30, 2018

Hamilton County is 413 square miles of painting opportunities. Boasting a great series of parks and nature preserves (, the major urban center of Cincinnati, three major rivers, farms and great hilltop vistas, everything you would ever want to paint is here! Explore pure nature scenes, both contemporary or historic architecture, bustling urban markets and public spaces, and more. In the village of Mariemont, less than 10 miles east of downtown Cincinnati, the Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center will be our headquarters for the weekend. In order the include the interesting town of Milford, the painting area will be extended on the east side to include the strip inside the 275 loop.

2017 Competition Winners

2017 list of winners:

Best of Show – Marianne Miller $1,000
1st Place – Cody Heichel – $750
2nd Place – Robin Roberts – $500
3rd Place – Jeff A Evans – $350
Artist Choice – Robin Roberts – $300
Michael Harding Award of Excellence ($300) – Chuck Marshall
LDA Architects Award of Excellence ($250) – Kari Ganoung-Ruiz
Ampersand/Golden Award of Excllence ($250) – Christopher Leeper
JFM Award of Excellence ($250) – Mary Ann Sedivy
SourceTek/Richeson Award ($250) – Joseph Lombardo
Judson/Richeson Award of Excellence – Ken Marshall, Judson ($120) Richeson ($125)
Richeson/Judson Award of Excellence  – Fran Mangino, Richeson ($150) Judson ($80)
Honorable Mention – Dominick Durante Jr – $150
Honorable Mention – Tom Cole – $150
Honorable Mention – Nancy Thompson – $150
Quickdraw – Kari Ganoung-Ruiz – Pot

Workshop Number 2 with Artist, Joshua Been is now Open
Workshop Number 1 is full, Demo on Wed. March 28, 2018 is also open

WHEN? 1/2 Day on Wed. March 28 (Demo), 2018 from 8:30 am – 12:30pm, then 9-5, March 29-31, 2018
WHERE? First 1/2 day at Peggy R. McConnell Art Center, 777 Evening Street Worthington, OH
March 29-31 is at the Worthington Community Center, 345 E Wilson Bridge Rd, Worthington, OH 43085
HOW MUCH? Members $495: Non-members $540

Joshua Been is one of the premiere plein air painters in the United States today.  His plein air work has won countless awards, and as a result of his frequent plein air trips and prolific output he really knows what artists need in terms of equipment, leading to the development of his signature “Prolific Painter” line of easels and other items specifically designed to make life simpler for the plein air painter (  On top of that, Joshua is very generous with his tips on how to create better paintings, whether out in the field or in the studio.  If you follow him on Facebook, you will notice he shares not only ‘in-progress’ photos but also gives tips on light/shadow, values, edges, shapes, and countless other information.  When the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Plein Air Society thought about which artist we wanted to invite to present at our Annual Meeting on March 24, Joshua Been’s name was at the top of the list, and we are delighted he agreed to come to give a short talk and demo at the Annual Meeting on March 24 and also to conduct a second 3 ½ day workshop from March 28-31.

The final half day of the first workshop, and the first day of the second workshop, will be a demonstration that is open to the public for a fee of $50.  You can get more information and can sign up online below.  Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Joshua and see him in action!

Using the links below you can register to attend Joshua’s Demo on Wednesday morning for $50 or be added to the second workshop. The 2nd workshop is 3.5 days and is from Wed., March 28 (1/2 day) – Sat., March 31.

CLICK HERE to download a PDF of info and registration form.

Demo Registration


Workshop Registration

In this workshop, through clearly explaining concepts in the translation process from a three dimensional environment to a two dimensional surface, I will clear up the mystery, and strengthen your knowledge of the process and visual language of painting, from the source (plein air) to the studio. I teach a 4 pronged visual language approach (Value, Shapes, Edges, and Texture) that is both easy to remember and an effective way of breaking down difficult subject matter into manageable information.

A 4 pronged approach to learning Visual Language:
1. VALUE: I will help you comprehend the relationships in your VALUES which includes all of the color discussion.
2. SHAPE: We will talk about the importance of SHAPE to design, viewer recognition, readability, and linear perspective.
3. EDGES: We’ll explore how to see and understand EDGES, both tangible and intangible, and their relative importance.
4. TEXTURE: I will demonstrate how different ways of applying paint enhances the viewer experience. This refers to both brushwork, and paint quality.

Incorporating the 4 Visual Language elements into design and composition will be an enormous focus in creating strong visual statements. It is through this understanding that good painting ideas become great painting ideas, and keep an artist fully engaged in the process. We’ll start each painting session with pre-sketches where the four elements are contemplated, and arranged in a visually pleasing way. Each day I will demonstrate the pre-sketch to color sketch process, working small and quickly to allow a lot of time for students to explore the process on their own with me engaging each student with one on one, effective help.
Day Planner:
Sunday, March 25th or Thursday, March 29
9:00 Meeting at McConnell Art Center of Worthington, 777 Evening St., Worthington, OH 43085
9-10:30 Overview of SHAPES, VALUES, EDGES, and TEXTURE as well as discussion of the various art definitions, relationships, etc. Also a color mixing demonstration.
10:30-11:00 Carpool/convoy to a destination.
11:00-12:30 Pre-sketch and color sketch painting demonstration. (Focus on accuracy, translating what you see)
12:30-1:00 lunch break
1:00-5:00 Group painting session, I will be helping individually.

Monday, March 26th or Friday, March 30
9:00am meet.
9-9:30 carpool/convoy to a destination.
9:30-10:00 Pre-sketch and color sketch painting demonstration. (Focus on varying the idea, moving things around, linear perspective, viewpoint, lighting)
10:00-12:30 Group painting sessions with and me walking around helping individually.
12:30-1:00 lunch break
1:00-2:30 Another pre-sketch and color sketch painting demonstration.
2:30-5:00 Another group painting session.

Tuesday, March 27th or Saturday, March 31
9:00am meet.
9-9:30 carpool/convoy to a destination.
9:30-10:00 Pre-sketch and color sketch painting demonstration. (Focus on edges, tangible vs. intangible, texture, and style)
10:00-12:30 Group painting session with me walking around helping individually.
12:30-1:00 lunch break
1:00-2:30 Pre-sketch and color sketch painting demonstration.
2:30-5:00 Another group painting session.

Wednesday, March 28th (for both workshops)
9:00am-1:00pm Demonstration open to the public (cost included in workshop tuition along with preferred seating). Sit back and relax after 3 long days of painting, while I demonstrate blowing up a plein air color sketch into a larger canvas. This demonstration will be a wonderful overview, and a great opportunity to review and re-take notes on effective studio practices incorporating every bit of knowledge gained through the plein air experience. Throughout this demonstration, I’ll be talking about crucial decisions in the process, and how to stay engaged, efficient, and deliberate in applying paint.

*A small drawing kit for doing pre-sketches (can be as simple as a pencil and paper, or I prefer a kit similar to the Sketchbox complete with a pencil, pen, and incremental value markers. Check one out HERE)
*Assortment of bristle/synthetic (flat) brushes (Rosemary long hangle, long flats) and a medium sized pallet knife.
*Paper towels (Viva brand works great)
*Brush cleaner jar with agitator (a jar needs something to scrub the bristles on, that’s the agitator).
*Odorless paint thinner (I recommend Gamsol brand)
*10  6×8 canvases or panels for the plein air color sketches.
*3  8x10s or 9x12s for longer color sketches (nothing larger please, I spend a lot of time walking around helping each student individually, if you paint larger, I will not be able to help you because it will take too much time)
*A Portable Easel (I have one available called the “Daytripper Easel”. To check it out click HERE)
*Brimmed Hat

Paint: (I prefer Utrecht Brand)
Titanium White
Cadmium Yellow Lemon or Light
Cadmium Orange
Burnt Sienna
Alizarin Crimson
Cerulean Blue (HUE)
Ultramarine Blue
Dioxizine Purple

A 3-day Plein Air to studio WORKSHOP with Artist, Michael Chesley Johnson

WHEN? Monday, Oct. 1 through Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018
WHERE? Home base will be at The Barn, Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Avenue, Mariemont, OH 45227
HOW MUCH? $325


There are two ways to register and pay below. You can register & pay online! We make it easy to register and pay in full online with any major credit card or with PayPal. You can also register or pay a deposit by printing and filling out the registration form by clicking on the “Download Form” button and mail your check or money order, payable to OPAS  to: OPAS Treasurer, P.O. Box 14926, Columbus, OH 43214

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In this workshop, we’ll explore the process of taking our plein air sketches to the next level. We’ll learn to gather reference material en plein air — pencil sketches, color sketches and, yes, even photos if necessary — and then return with this to the studio to create finished works. In the studio, where we aren’t affected by the pressures of changing light and fickle weather, we’ll work out the best composition, color harmony and technique for our studio paintings.

Each day, you can expect helpful critiques, lectures and demonstrations. You’ll learn the best way to gather reference material; explore ways of turning this material into finished paintings—or of creating entirely new works based on it; as well as reviewing plein air fundamentals and Michael’s way of “capturing the moment” without sacrificing mood or magic.

Michael will be working in oil and pastel, but all media are welcome.

About Michael Chesley Johnson
One of the country’s top plein air painters, Michael works in oil and pastel in the American Southwest, coastal Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. He has been an invited artist to many national plein air painting events over the years and has competed in challenging locations such as the Grand Canyon.

Elected a Master Pastellist by Pastel Artists Canada in 2008, he is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and the Pastel Society of America. He is the author of many books and videos, including Outdoor Study to Studio: Take Your Plein Air Paintings to the Next Level and Backpacker Painting: Outdoors with Oil & Pastel. A long-time contributor to Pastel Journal and The Artist’s Magazine.

Supply List for “Study to Studio” Workshop
For this workshop, we’ll be gathering reference material in the field and then heading back to the studio to do more finished paintings.

For Gathering Reference Materials

  • Small sketchbook (9×12 or similar) plus 6B graphite pencil and eraser. Because we will do a lot of pencil sketching (in addition to color sketching) you might want to bring a new sketchbook.
  • View finder ( is a good one)
  • Color sketching materials of your choice in a small format (5×7 up to 9×12) – materials can be anything you choose, such as oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, etc., and also include a good supply of inexpensive matboard, gessoed paper, etc., to sketch on
  • If your medium won’t allow you to sketch in your lap, you will need a field easel
  • Digital Camera. This is not a photography class.  If you don’t know how to use your camera, learn before the workshop.  Basically, you will want to know how to:  take a decent snapshot, review the image on-screen, and zoom in on the image you’re reviewing. We won’t plan on printing out photos; if you need a physical photo, that will be your responsibility.  A tablet would be most useful for viewing images on.

Miscellaneous Outdoor Gear

  • Easel: For oil, I use the 9×12 Guerrilla Painter Box; for pastel, the Heilman “backpacker” box with easel; plus a tripod for each.  An old standby is the trusty French Easel.  Whatever you use, it should be portable and lightweight and above all stable. You may also use this in the studio.
  • Umbrella: Not necessary, but helpful in intense sunlight.
  • Stool: Not necessary, but if you must sit to paint, I strongly suggest a camp stool or collapsible chair, since not all locations have picnic tables.
  • Paper towels and small garbage bags
  • Hat, sunblock and water bottle
  • “Baby Wipes” for cleaning fingers. Most locations will not have running water.
  • Appropriate clothing and shoewear.
  • Photos and Color Studies to work from. In the event of inclement weather and we are unable to gather reference material, we will work in the studio from these.  They can be of anything that appeals to you.
  • Bring a bag lunch, because if we’re out in the field, we may not have dining facilities or a deli nearby.  We may dine out at lunch.

For Studio Work
I work in two mediums, oil and pastel.  What follows is a list of what I recommend for these.  If you are painting in some other medium, please bring what you normally use.  If you’ve not used a split-primary oil palette before, or aren’t familiar with using Ampersand Gessoboard or hog bristle flat brushes, or any of the other materials, bring whatever you’re comfortable with.  (Some people are used to canvas and not Gessobord, some are used to Canson paper and not sanded paper.)

The following are for making value sketches in preparation for creating studio paintings.

  • Vine Charcoal
  • 6B pencil
  • Grey Pastels: Cretacolor Set of 8 Greys
  • Sketchpaper pad (9×12 or bigger)

For Oil Painters

  • Paints: Hansa Yellow Light, Hansa Yellow Deep, Naphthol Red, Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Green (or Viridian), Titanium-Zinc White, Raw Umber, Burnt Sienna, Yellow OchreYou may use cadmium colors instead of the hansa and napthol if you wish.
  • Thinner: Gamsol
  • Medium: Gamblin Solvent-Free Gel (optional)
  • Panels: Ampersand Gessobord (9×12 up to 12×16 – plan on 1 finished painting per day) or homemade panels (I prefer to make my own)
  • Brushes: Hog Bristle Flats (#10, #8, #4)
  • Also: Wet panel carrier, container for thinner

For Pastel Painters

  • Pastels: Full set (96-pc) of Prismacolor Nupastels or the equivalent; plus a good selection of softer pastels (Mount Vision has a 25-pc “plein air supplement” but Unision or Richeson works well, too)
  • Paper: UART sanded pastel paper (9×12 up to 12×16.) Art Spectrum paper also works
  • Backboard to tape paper to
  • Masking tape
  • Solvent (optional): either rubbing alcohol or Gamsol. If you plan to use solvent for a wash, also bring an old bristle brush and a container for the solvent.

Remember:  Part of the day we will be working outdoors! What this means is:

  • Everything should be portable. You should be able to carry everything in ONE trip.
  • Think ahead to what you might need in the field, such as drinking water, snacks, baby wipes for your hands, sun hat, sunblock, etc. But remember — you still have to carry whatever you bring in ONE trip. (Most likely, we’ll be walking very little distance from the car, but you never know!)
  • Restrooms may not be immediately available. The nature of plein air requires a certain amount of flexibility on the part of both instructor and student, and although we will try to find locations that have restrooms, you may have to use the facilities the Great Outdoors provides.
  • Be flexible! Some locations may be better at certain times than others depending on weather and time of day.  Be prepared to carpool, as some locations may not have parking for everyone.

Suggested Reading
My books, Outdoor Studio to Study: Take Your Plein air Paintings to the Next Level and Backpacker Painting: Outdoors with Oil & Pastel have lots of information plus demonstrations.  (Order from my website, or from

The “Bibles” of Outdoor Painting:
Guide to Landscape Painting by John F. Carlson.
Composition of Outdoor Painting by Edgar Payne.


The following OPAS members teach classes, workshops and / or demos. Please contact these OPAS members directly to be added to their mailing lists.

Mary Ann Davis
Phone: 317-254-1286
Carolyn E. Lewis
Phone: 330-929-4509
Debra Joyce Dawson
Phone: 740-927-3078
Jack Irwin Liberman
Phone: 330-666-1141
Mark Gingerich
Phone: 614-879-9347
Fran Mangino
Phone: 614-891-6558
Larry Golba
Phone: 419-891-1988
Chuck Marshall
Phone: 513-404-3161
Ray Hassard
Phone: 513-941-1116
Dino Massaroni
Phone: 330-388-9024
Chris Leeper
Phone: 330-718-0517
Vivian Ripley
Phone: 614-451-6254

Jim Effler – Landscapes, 2-Day Oil Painting Workshop
Friday & Saturday, April 6&7, 2018 | 9am – 4pm

$200 Woman’s Art Club Members; $225 Non-Members

Jim will teach his approach to landscape painting in oils, plein air, and using photos. He will explain how to quickly establish the composition, lighting, and values, then progress to color and details.

Supplies: 16×20 canvas, basic set of oil paints, palette, odorless thinner (Gamsol is best), basic set of brushes, rags or paper towels, ruler. A 20 step gray scale, and a few additional materials will be provided.

Visit Jim’s website – Click Here

Class size is limited – Reserve Now $50 deposit holds your spot until March 16, when remainder will be due. Registration Form – Click Here

Contact Laine Stoker for details about workshop and payment

Link To PDF – Click Here

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Join us in Historic Dublin, OH.

$600+ in prizes. All entries will be exhibited at Dick Blick on Sawmill Road until May 30.
Juror: Christopher Leeper
Reception: Thursday, May 3 at 6 pm

April 28: registration + canvas stamping from 9 am – noon at the DAAL tent at 55 S. High St. Rain or Shine. $15 entry fee. Open to all artists age 16+ using any medium. Entries must be framed and wired for hanging.

See lots more information and register online at

Anyone is welcome to come out and draw/paint from 9 AM – 3 PM.

1st Annual Columbus Sunrise Rotary Plein Air Paint Out
Saturday and Sunday, May 12th to 13th, 2018

The Factory 12 Event Loft – 1235 Jackson St, Columbus, IN 47201

Columbus Sunrise Rotary Plein Air Paintout

The Columbus Sunrise Rotary is planning the 1st Annual Columbus Sunrise Rotary Plein Air Paintout.
The paint out will be Saturday and Sunday May 12th to 13th. The city of Columbus is nationally known for its art and architecture. Historical buildings combined with modern architecture, beautiful parks and walking trails will provide numerous opportunities for plein air painting. The recent movie “Columbus” and the “Exhibit Columbus” event have sparked national interest to Columbus and its art and architecture. The Columbus Sunrise Rotary Plein Air Paintout is set to become an annual arts competition organized by Columbus Sunrise Rotary. All plein air painters are invited to take part in this event.

The paint out is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday May 12th and 13th with the judging, awards, display and sale of the paintings to be held at The Factory 12 Event Loft 1235 Jackson St, Columbus, IN 47201 on Sunday May 12th. For more information and registration email or call 812-372-0762. Registration deadline for the Plein Air Paintout is April 30, 2018.

Decatur, IN Sculpture Tour Plein Air Paint Out

Friday, June 8, 2018

In and around downtown Decatur, Indiana

Cash awards:  1st place – $250      2nd place – $150      3rd place – $100

Decatur has a beautiful downtown area with many interesting buildings, streets, and homes just waiting to be painted. The “Paint Out” will be held in conjunction with the Decatur Sculpture Tour unveiling and activities.

Registration fee is $10, which includes lunch. Registrations must be postmarked no later than May 25, 2018.  The event will be held rain or shine. Click here for full registration.

Paint Out Schedule

8-9 am

  • Check-in at the information table in front of the Adams County Courthouse on
    2nd Street in downtown Decatur.
  • Have your canvas stamped by a “Paint Out” representative. Only stamped work completed on Friday will be judged. A maximum of two paintings may be submitted for judging.
  • Artists must provide their own canvas and easel.


3:30-4:30 pm

  • Return to the Artist Loft building (118 N. 2nd Street) to submit your painting/s for judging. After judging, art must be displayed in the Artist Loft building until 7 p.m. Artwork sold while on display must also remain on display until 7 p.m. As a courtesy, if you paint a downtown building or home, please offer it to the owner before you offer it to the public.

7-7:30 pm

  • Artists may pick up their unsold art. The Decatur Sculpture Tour will retain 25 percent of sale proceeds, so please price your paintings accordingly and within your current pricing structure. 

Paint Out Event Coordinator:  Cheri Scherry,, 260-223-7828

Tim Horn – See the Light, 3-Day Oil Painting Workshop
Thursday, Friday & Saturday, June 14,15,16, 2018 | 9am – 4pm

$500 Woman’s Art Club Members; $515 Non-Members

The primary focus of this workshop will be on how to convey the sense of strong sunlight in your paintings by identifying, clarifying and establishing proper value relationships. Exercises will be used to help strengthen these concepts. We will also work on achieving clean color in our paintings and utilize value patterns to aid in developing successful compositions. There will be discussions on materials, scene selection, and brushwork. There will be a painting demonstration each day and Tim will work with students individually on their paintings throughout the rest of the day.

At some point during the workshop Tim will give a slide show presentation and discuss some of his recent work.

The class will spend about half its time in the studio, and (weather permitting) the other half, painting outdoors nearby. Indoors work will include painting exercises and working from photos. When the class goes outside, students spread out in a given area to work on their paintings as Tim circulates among them.

Visit Tim’s website – Click Here

Class size is limited – Reserve Now $50 deposit holds your spot until May 18, when remainder will be due.

Registration Form – Click Here

Supply List – Click Here

Contact Laine Stoker for details about workshop and payment

Link To PDF – Click Here

11th Annual Art on the Beach 2018
Saturday and Sunday, June 23rd and 24th, 2018

Oldfield Beach at Indian Lake, Lakeview, Ohio

The Logan County Art League is making a call for fine artists and fine craftspeople to participate in Art on the Beach  (formally called “Art on the Harbor”).  The 11th annual art festival will be held on June 23-24, 2018, at Oldfield Beach, Lakeview, Ohio.  The well-publicized exhibit will be an opportunity for artists to display and sell their work to a large audience in a relaxed, resort setting.  The location can be reached by both car and boat. It is handicapped accessible.  Each year Art on the Beach draws hundreds of visitors, both locals and from around the state.  Not only will there be professional art and fine crafts for sell, there will be entertainment and food vendors.  Most artists provide their own white tent for their art display, but this year we are making a large tent available for a limited number of artists who are unable to provide their own tent. If you are interested in being a part of this growing arts festival, located at Indian Lake near Lakeview, Ohio, please contact Andrea Earick for an application at 937-602-3032 or via email at  . This is a juried show.



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The Ohio Plein Air Society is a collection of artists and art lovers sharing a common interest in outdoor painting. While we recognize that all art is important, as a group we focus on painting, drawing, and other art forms completed on site, from direct observation, and outdoors. Our admiration for the world around us gives us reason to explore through art the diversity and uniqueness of Ohio’s landscapes, cityscapes, lakes, rivers, and streams, and beyond.  As a non-profit organization, OPAS welcomes and supports artists, patrons, educators, and enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels, backgrounds and interests. We come together to paint and learn, to work in a supportive atmosphere, and to encourage each other by scheduling paint outs, workshops, competitions, critiques and group exhibitions. Each member may be as active as he or she chooses to be.

OPAS is proud to be at the forefront of the resurgent plein air movement in the United States. Our members now come from nearly every county in Ohio, and from each of the surrounding states.






For a full list of our entire member roster, please click here.


As an OPAS member, you will have access to our lending library!
Click here to see the titles available as a member of OPAS.

Ohio Plein Air Society Officers

Robin Roberts – President
Ann Grimaldi – Vice President
Bridgette Turner – Treasurer
Doreen St. John – Board Secretary
Tamar Rudavsky – Membership Secretary/Librarian
Carol Cosgrove – Paint Out Czar


Chuck Marshall, Robin Roberts, Tamar Rudavsky, Doreen St. John, Bridgette Turner, Jeff Stahler and Mary Jane Ward

Founding Members:

Richard Canfield, Kay Michelle Darling, Debra Joyce Dawson, Mark Gingerich, Tom Harbrecht and Richard Otten



These groups paint en plein air around Ohio on a regular basis. If you are looking for a group to paint with, try one of these:


Central Ohio Plein Air Painters (COPA)
– COPA Schedule

SouthWest Ohio Plein Air  (SWOPA) Painters

Plein Air Artists of the Western Reserve

If you are a leader of one of these groups in Ohio, or know who is, please contact me.



We really appreciate all of our generous sponsors. We’d like to send a HUGE thank you to each and every one of them!




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