Landscape Painting En Plein Air: Expressing the Spirit of Place

Saturday, April 27 through Sunday, April 28, 2019
12pm – 12pm

Meet at the Bechtel House
$150 per participant ($130 for members)
Ages 13 and up welcome

Artists and scientists have more in common than you might think. Both are committed to deepening observation skills, documenting and protect our open spaces for future generations, and sharing the joys and solace of nature.

Spend an exciting weekend painting on location in the midst of Pepperwood’s iconic Sonoma County landscapes with Santa Rosa Junior College instructor Marsha Connell. Engage your senses and the kinesthetic body to awaken an energetic connection with the landscape. This weekend retreat offers the opportunity to capture the drama of different light conditions throughout the day. Beginning painters will learn basics of working in the field.  Experienced painters will practice and expand your repertoire.  Explore aspects of realism, impressionism, expressionism, or abstraction. Marsha will provide demonstrations in oil and pastel, but you may paint in any medium you choose. Marsha is also practiced in watercolor and acrylic. Enjoy support for finding your own painting voice to express the spirit of this special place.

Participants are invited to stay overnight at the Bechtel House or set up a tent. There are four bunk beds available in a shared room at the Bechtel House, which can be reserved for an additional fee ($25, non-refundable). The retreat includes easy walks of less than a mile at a slow pace with long stops. A catered dinner Saturday night and continental breakfast on Sunday are included. Saturday’s schedule includes evening sunset painting. A materials list and instructions will be sent to participants in advance.

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Register for this class using the secure form below.

For all questions about this event, please contact Holland Gistelli, Education Specialist, at or (707) 591-9310 x 124.

Early bird registration for Pepperwood members begins at 9am on Monday, December 3, 2018. Enter the code you received when you became a member to access early registration and to receive your discount. If you’re not sure about your membership status or don’t know the code, contact Sloane Shinn, Community Associate, at or (707) 591-9310 x 133. Click here to become a member today!

Registration for the general public begins at 9am on Monday, December 10, 2018.

Refund Policy: A full refund will be given for cancellations 30 days or more before the start of this event. For cancellations within 29 to 8 days before the event, a 50% refund will be given. Refunds will not be given for cancellations within 7 days of this event.