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FREE Plein Air Paint Out at the Upper Back Bay, Newport Beach CA

January 27 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

This FREE 4-hour event will focus on plein air painting for all levels,, with plenty of instruction and 1:1 tutoring This event is open to all abilities from beginners to advanced artists and all media.

Led by plein air watercolor artist & instructor Anne Kupillas, this event will meet at the entrance to the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center at the Upper Back Bay. Under full sun / rain or shine, Anne will show you her set up and discuss how to approach a scene “en plein air” – outside in the open air. Anne will give tips on how to compose a landscape, with clear foreground, middle and backgrounds. Anne will illustrate composition with thumbnail sketches, decide on value and color palette, and answer individual questions. With Anne’s guidance, artists will have a few hours to sketch the beautiful views across the Upper Back Bay, including the different channels, the footpath, and more — all of which are just asking to be painted!

Small Group Paint Out

A maxiumum of 10 participants will make up our party, including your leader. Price includes demo/casual instruction. Bring your favorite plein air sketching materials (watercolor, or other paint, pencils, pen, ink and sketchbooks etc) and paint from life as we enjoy the gorgeous scenery and fresh air of a morning at the beach in Long Beach!

For those new to sketching and watercolor painting, a basic watercolor supply kit can be purchased for an additional $18. It includes a travel watercolor palette with paint enough for the event, cup, pencil, eraser, two brushes and sketch paper, plus a support clipboard and clips. A suggested list of supplies, including travel easel and stool, will be provided upon registration.

For those who have painted outside before, bring your usual supply kit for watercolor painting or drawing outside; a suggested list of supplies will be provided upon registration. Please feel free to bring a towel, easel, stool and artist’s umbrella – as well as water receptacle, a hat or visor, and sunblock. There is no guaranteed seating or shade — the sun moves and the best views are out in the open! There is a drinking fountain to change out your painting water. Please refrain from bringing snacks or beverages that have plastic packaging.

* This event is not affiliated with the City of Newport Beach, OC Parks, the Muth Center or any other organization. Locations mentioned here are purely as landmarks for the meet up.

Please arrive on time and feel free to park on the street or in the parking lot. There is plenty of parking. Whether you are new to plein air painting or a seasoned outdoor artist using any medium, Anne welcomes you to paint with her in this location of stunning natural beauty


Upper Back Bay
2301 University Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660 United States
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