Rodgers Naylor Workshop

Artist/Teacher: Rodgers Naylor

Workshop Title: Oil Painting en Plein Air

Date/Times: August 15-17, 9am to 3pm daily

Location: Evergreen Fine Art, 3042 Evergreen Pkwy, Evergreen, CO 80439

Cost: $270

Class Minimum / Maximum Size: 5 / 10

Workshop Description:


It’s summer and we are in Colorado, so let’s go out and paint!


Even for studio painters, plein air painting is usually an essential part of their development as artists, and keeps their skills sharp throughout their painting career. This plein air workshop is intended for all levels; some experience in drawing and painting is helpful but not required. In the workshop we will cover all of the major elements of making a painting, including design, placement of shapes, values, color and edges. We will pay special attention to the beginning stage, i.e. composition. The level of success here so often determines the success of the final painting. This is especially important outdoors, where limited time requires us to simplify and edit what nature has provided in order to make a strong and coherent visual statement.


The class will begin with a brief discussion and brief instructor demo, but most of the time will be painting time with individual guidance.


Important logistics notes:

1. We will run from 9 – 3 instead of the usual 10 – 4, since in Colorado summers best weather is usually in the morning.

2. If the weather DOES turn bad we will head back to Evergreen Fine Art and paint indoors, so please bring materials to help you do that. This may include your favorite reference photos, material for a still-life set up, or some problem paintings that need some help.

3. I’ll inform participants of painting locations as we get closer to the date…my 3 main requirements are: proximity to the gallery, some shade, and availability of restrooms.


Supplies -

-Portable easel
- Palette
- Palette knife
- Paper towels
- Odorless mineral spirits (e.g. Gamsol) No turpentine please!
- Several canvases or panels, recommended size range from 9x12 to 16x20.
- Brushes: a good range of sizes, including large ones! Flats and filberts, OK to include soft and bristle. It is recommended to have some bristles, especially large ones.
- Oil Paints: bring colors you are comfortable working with, or would like to become comfortable working with. Recommended colors: Titanium White
Cadmium Yellow medium or light
Cadmium Orange
Cadmium Red Light
Cadmium Red Medium, Napthol Red or similar
Quinacridone Rose
Ultramarine Blue
Cobalt Blue
A light (and slightly greenish) blue such as Cerulean, Phthalo, or “Manganese”


Bring other colors as you like, though I think it’s a good idea to keep the palette simple for working on site. There are painters who work only with a yellow, a red, a blue and white.


- A small sketchbook and pencils and/or pens

- Camera (optional) - Umbrella (optional)

- Bags for trash

- Hat

- Sunscreen

- Water

- Whatever else you need for spending the day outdoors.