Plein air

The MAA Plein Air Program will be starting On Thursday, June 1, 2023.

As usual, you most be an MAA member to participate. The group meets at 9:30 am until 12:00 noon at a designated location each Thursday from June until the end of September. An email will be sent each week to all those on the Plein Air list, describing the next outing. The locations vary from parks to villages, all less than an hour’s drive from Manotick.

There is no commitment to attend. Everyone is responsible for their own transportation. We usually have 10 and more artists attending, depending on the weather. It’s up to each participant to decide if they will attend or not.

There is no art instruction offered. Everyone is responsible for their own painting equipment and to work independently. However, many of the participants are knowledgeable and happy to offer advice and assistance.

The benefits offered by plein air painting are plentiful. First, there is the enjoyment of sharing the outdoors with other like-minded artists. Secondly, and more to the point, the constant efforts to compare and contrast shadow and colours and create compositions is excellent training for all types of art.

At 12 o’clock artists like to show their painting/drawing efforts to the others. It is not obligatory. Join in if you like. Some bring a lunch and carry on, others may join up at a restaurant for lunch. Have fun.

To sign up or for more information simply email me at:

Charlie Spratt OSA CSPWC SCA

Charles Spratt, artist, teacher, has been painting professionally for 40 years. He has painted the landscape and given painting workshops from the BC West Coast to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

Supporting the visual arts in the surrounding Rideau Area

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