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Paint Out Gear Up: Preparing to Paint Outdoors

June 25 @ 5:30 pm 7:30 pm

Date: Tuesday, June 25th
 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Total Sessions:
 Michael Bartlett
Location: Room 208, Print Studio
Adults, 18+
Skill Level:
 All Levels
Sliding Scale:
 $15 / $25 / $35

About the class

Painting outdoors on location is a wonderful way to connect with nature and keep you in the moment. If you’d like to start plein air painting, here is your chance to learn what equipment and supplies are needed. What is a pochade box and do you need one? Michael Bartlett will share his considerable knowledge to help you get started – and spare you from lugging too much up a mountain or out to the beach. Bring a notebook to write down valuable tips. Though this workshop is oriented for oil painters it also applies to other outdoor mediums such as watercolor, gouache, and pastel. This workshop is the perfect lead-in to Michael’s eight-week class Summer Evenings & Sunsets in Oil, which starts on July 9th.

Please share any special considerations (medical, physical, learning) that will help your instructor make your class accessible and accommodating for you. You can share these considerations when registering or by emailing Sean at

When you register for a class, you’ll be offered three price tiers. The middle tier comes closest to what our registration fees used to be, and covers about 50% of the full cost of your participation in the class – with the other 50% covered by community donations. The first tier creates accessibility for people with limited income, while the third tier covers the full cost of participation – so that we can use community donations to support other people’s registration costs. When you choose to register at the third tier, you directly help support the Center’s efforts to remove financial barriers for others.

The Sonoma Community Center (the Center) strives to create an inclusive, safe community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Center is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the fullest potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to creating a community of belonging. In order to ensure a positive, safe, and welcoming experience for everyone, all program participants are asked to abide by the following policies, community agreements, and restorative safety protocol.

About the instructor

Michael E. Bartlett

Instructor / Artist

Michael E. Bartlett – an artist of the west. Has practiced fine and commercial arts for over 50 years. An award-winning oil painter of landscapes and coastal scenes, master craftsman and innovator, from Montana, working now in Northern California, lives paints and teaches in Sonoma, California. Member of the California Art Club and Oil Painters of America.

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