Plein Air Painting in the Park with Tom Soltesz

Plein Air Painting in the Park with Tom Soltesz

Sat, June 8
This will be a plein air class with individual instruction and demonstration.

First we will discuss materials and basic approaches to location painting.

Then we will then proceed to the Morgan ranch for our first demonstration and to begin painting. I will give individual instruction based on each artist’s strengths and challenges.

There will be a one-on-one critique, but I do not suggest a group critique for this class. Focus will be more on individual learning with my support rather than critiques by other students.

Experience with location painting is highly suggested.

Tom Soltesz has been teaching the art of Plein air painting for over 25 years in the bay area and has shown and competed in many shows throughout California.

Image Credit: Tom Soltesz, portion of the painting Sea Ranch from his Plein Air collection


-We will be meeting at the Bear Valley Visitor Center

– Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to check in

– Refunds available for all classes 7 days in advance of the start date, after 7 days and before 2 days, participants can credit their class for a future date. All requests before 48 hours in advance will be declined. For COVID cancellation policy, see below.

– Please follow the parking instructions for the facility used that day

– Please provide an email you check regularly for updates and reminders about your class

– Registration is required online prior to the event in order to maintain class sizes

– Sales end 48 hours before the start date.

– Waitlists are available when the class sells out

What to Bring

Painting Supplies

  • field easel either a pochade box with tripod for painting on panels or a French easel that can be carried.
  • 9 X 12 canvas panels 2 or more per day
  • hogs bristle flat brushes for oils sizes 1-10 can be every other size. Rubber surgical gloves.
  • paper towels, plastic bags, container for paint thinner, can be cheap hardware brand odorless preferred.
  • oil paint medium windsor newton non toxic. Pallet knife and pallet for mixing.
  • oil paints, titanium white, yellow lemon, yellow ochre, cadmium yellow med. Cadmium red, cadmium orange, alizarin crimson , ultramarine blue, cerulean blue, and transparent red oxide.
  • hat, water, sun block, and insect spray. Bring a black apron if you have one. NO bright colors should be worn.
  • Umbrella if you have one. Feel free to call me if you have any further questions. 415-383-2222
  • Pallet either paper or wood and some mixing or pallet knifes size 1003 works for me.

Day Pack


Warm Variable Weather Clothing

Walking Shoes

Water Bottle

Eventbrite Confirmation Email

Binoculars (Optional)

Camera (Optional)

About the PRNSA Field Institute

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COVID-19 Field Institute Guidelines

Please respect the following COVID-19 procedures:

· Perform a health self-check before coming to class using the CDC Symptoms of Coronavirus as a guide

· Do not attend class if you are experiencing COVID symptoms, know that you have had a close exposure, or are suffering from any flu-like or respiratory illness

· Contact the Field Institute if you will not be able to attend due to COVID. You may be eligible to receive a full or partial refund

· Participants exhibiting signs of respiratory illness may be asked to leave class

· Masks are optional at your discretion

· Please bring your own food and water

All guidelines are subject to change pursuant to State or County Health order updates.

Thank you for your cooperation in following these guidelines to help keep everyone safe.