Is there an advantage to painting with watercolors versus oils?
Amanda: One advantage to painting with watercolor is the ability to dry quickly for travel. Fewer supplies are needed for watercolors, and the piece is dry within a short time. Oil takes longer to dry, and we’ll mail the finished pieces to the guest after they dry. Both processes are nice for re-working if you make an error. With watercolors, you simply rewet the paper and try again; with oils, you can continue to work the same area, as it has a slow dry time. Whether you are interested in a watercolor painting class for kids or adults or in an oil painting class, we offer a number of mediums and opportunities to take your art interests to the next level.
When painting, do we begin with a sketch?
Samantha: We start with a blank canvas. Through the class, we’ll walk through the steps that I personally take with plein air painting: We’ll tone the canvas, sketch, block the colors, and then add in all the details. While the hour-and-a-half class might be the extent of our time, it doesn’t mean that the painting must be finished. Many plein air painters view these “in-the-field works” as sketches for larger pieces, or they may simply begin a base layer that will become something more.
Can you share what’s rewarding in the creation of a piece of art with a novice painter or experienced artist through this class?
Samantha: It’s a joy of mine to share in creating with others and getting to share my love of landscape painting, teaching, and Nemacolin through a class. For novice painters, it’s wonderful to see someone do something they may not get to do at home while creating a unique and personalized memory that will last a lifetime. With other artists, I enjoy hearing about their experiences and artistic journey. Some guests haven’t painted in years, and when a class ignites or reignites their joy, it’s a motivating part of my day!
What else would you like to share about what someone can expect to find in this class?
Amanda: Small groups and couples will find the Plein Air Painting Class rewarding. Much like a massage, this experience is customizable: location, a glass of wine, birthday or memorable celebration, do they want food, etc. It’s a casual class that can really lead to something very relaxing and mindful. With it being outside, one truly gets to experience the visual beauty of the Laurel Highlands — and then capture it!
Reserve Your Getaway
To reserve your Plein Air Painting Class or getaway at Nemacolin, please contact a Resort Reservations Specialist at 866.344.6957. If you’ll be joining us for one of the upcoming holidays or happenings and wish to speak with a member of the Experience Team about specific dining, spa, golf, art, or activity reservations, please contact us at 724.780.2156.