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Plein Air Oil Painting with Nancy Takaichi
Plein Air Oil Painting with Nancy Takaichi

Thu, Mar 07


Location will be shared 1 week before class

Plein Air Oil Painting with Nancy Takaichi

An in-depth two-day Plein Air Oil Painting Workshop led by Award-Winning Plein Air Painter, Nancy Takaichi.

Time & Location

Mar 07, 2024, 9:00 AM – Mar 08, 2024, 4:00 PM

Location will be shared 1 week before class

About the Event

You know how to paint in your studio, but have you wondered what it would be like to paint outside on location? This workshop is perfect for you!    

Plein Air A French term for painting outdoors in the open air and capturing the spirit of the environment with natural light and movement.

In this workshop, students will be guided through the process of painting outdoors including learning about essential gear and choosing the best composition. Instructor Nancy Takaichi will demonstrate her technique of finding composition, blocking in shapes, and simplifying to get to the essence of the scene. She will touch on value, temperature and how to get a painting done, "alla prima"- all at once.

Students will paint on their own with one-on-one feedback from Nancy. The goal of this course is set you up to be confident painting outside. You will learn a process and as you do, you'll discover a connection with nature, fellow artists, and the unparalleled inspiration of painting directily from the source.  

Dates: Thurs. March 7- Fri. March 8, 2024

(In case of bad weather, Saturday, March 9th will be a back up day)

Time: 9 am - 4pm 

Fee: $325

Early Bird Fee: $300

Register by Tuesday, February 27, 2024 to take advantage of the Early Bird Rate.

Student Capacity:

Min: 5    |  Max: 10

This Workshop Requires Pre-Registration. If the minimum required attendance is not met by Sat. March 2, 2024, class will be cancelled and/or rescheduled. Walk-ins are Prohibited.

Skill Level:

This workshop is an Intermediate to Advanced course.  

- An Intermediate student has experience working with oil paints, mixing color, and has an understanding of composition.

- An Advanced student is one that paints proficiently and wants to learn more about painting on location or outside.

Materials: Nancy Takaichi Material's List

Location:  To be published One Week prior to workshop.

About the Artist:

Nancy Takaichi is a plein air painter based in San Jose, California. She holds a BA in painting from DePauw University in Indiana. She spent a semester in New York City as an apprentice to Jack Beal and Jane Frelicher in the late 70s. Upon graduating, she traveled cross-country to San Jose, CA, with the hopes of getting her MFA, and teach art while also maintaining her robust painting practice. However, life happened, where she found herself needing a job and made a 30-year career in event planning and marketing in Silicon Valley, while raising a family. In 2012, she returned to painting. 

Nancy has participated and won many awards in local plein air painting events, including, Lake Tahoe Plein Air, Frank Bette Plein Air Paint Out, Los Gatos Plein Air, Carmel Art Festival and The Morgan Hill Plein Air Paint Out with Colibri Gallery.

In 2022, Nancy received an Honorable Mention for her painting, Before the Tasting, by honorable judge and pastellist, Kim Lordier at the 2nd Annual Morgan Hill Plein Air Paint Out hosted by Colibri Gallery.


In the case that minimum class enrollment is not met 4 days prior to the workshop, Colibri Gallery will cancel the workshop and issue you a full refund. We will also let you know if the class is rescheduled for a future date.


We know plans change! For a full refund, please contact the gallery at least 2 weeks before the workshop.


  • 2024 Plein Air Oil Painting




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