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

Fri, Mar 08


Morgan Hill

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.

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Time & Location

Mar 08, 2024, 9:00 AM – Mar 09, 2024, 4:00 PM

Morgan Hill, 17505 Monterey Hwy, Morgan Hill, CA 95037, USA

About the Event

Dates: Fri. March 8, 2024 - Sat. March 9, 2024

*Sunday: 3/10 will serve as a back up day in case of bad weather Saturday.

Time: 9 am - 4pm 


Day 1  [Friday, 3/8] will held indoors at Colibri Gallery | 17505 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill, CA 95037

Day 2  [Sat, 3/9] will be held outdoor. Location to be determined one week prior to workshop.

Price: $300, some materials provided

Student Capacity: Min: 6 | Max: 10, this workshop requires pre-registration by March 4th

Have you wanted to try painting landscapes on location, but didn’t know how to start? Have you been outside to paint before, but want to learn more? This class is for you! “Plein Air” is the French term for painting in the open air, directly observing the light and shadows of elements in nature. This course is geared towards people who have painted a little before as well as a lot!

In this 2-day workshop, students will start indoors at Colibri Gallery to learn about the essential gear, what to look for in a scene, and tools and methods to put the scene on canvas. Nancy will demonstrate and then everyone will paint starting with black and white thumbnail compositions and working our way to a limited palette using just the 3 primary colors and white. More experienced painters can try some of these steps, and move more quickly to a “split primary” palette (a warm and cool of each primary plus white)

The second day, we will go outdoors (location to be announced). Nancy 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" which means 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 directly from the source.

Materials: Nancy Takaichi Material's List

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.

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