Plein Air Days
Plein Air days has been a commitment since the DAC organization began. They are enjoyed by members who wish to experience the outdoors and relish the social aspect of painting together. Plein Air days are hosted by The Plein Air Painters of the Desert Art Center at various locations in and around the Coachella Valley. They are free to all DAC members and one or two of our instructors are on hand to give advice.
En plein air is a French expression that means “in the open air.” It is used by artists to describe the art of outdoor painting, capturing landscapes and views in natural light. These plein air painting techniques apply to both plein air oil painting and plein air watercolor.
Plein Air Days Schedule for 2018-2019 Season
Desert Art Center Sponsored Days
October 6, 2018 Tewanet
November 17, 2018 San Jacinto Santa Rosa Monument Center
January 19, 2019 Whitewater Preserve
February 16, 2019 Coachella Preserve
March 2, 2019 Ironwood Park
April 6, 2019 Arabey Wash (no restrooms)
May 4, 2019 Indian Canyons
California Art Club Sponsored Days
November 3, 2018 Joshua Tree Monument
December 1, 2018 Indian Canyons
January 5, 2019 White Water Preserve
February 2, 2019 Coachella Preserve
For precise directions or equipment needed and to RSVP contact Elaine Mathews.
The outings usually last from 8:30 am - 2:00 pm.
Bring water and a sack lunch. Plan on eating together. Help and critiques offered if requested.
Please be sure to include which Plein Air days you would like to attend.