Plein Air Painters Chicago Presents


Plein Air

Saturday, March 7, 2020
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Newberry Library 

60 W. Walton, Chicago

8:30 a.m. Registration

9:00 Welcome and Introduction to the Day

9:30 The Masters and Plein Air
Jose Agustin Andreu.

From the seasoned artist to the beginner, Jose Andreu will inspire you. He’s bringing his passion and
expertise in art history, as well as his experience in facilitating the copyist program and plein air classes at
the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. You’ll leave with better understanding the wisdom of the masters
who came before us, and Jose will offer tips to get you ready to paint art in your own style for those who

10:30 Break

10:45 A Glimpse at the 2020 PAPC Season

Barbara Herring, Laurie Kennard, Mary Longe and Dee O’Hair,
The 2020 season is underway and it’s amazing! Learn about this year’s 38 paint out locations, 8 Guest
Artists, and several special member-only events, as well as what we’re doing to make the season a
success behind the scenes. Barbara Herring discusses membership benefits, Dee and Mary describe the
paint out locations and guest artists, Laurie tells us about the new website and marketing strategies for

11:15 The Art and Fun of a Successful Plein Air Season

Q&A Panel with Guest Artists
Learn from our PAPC Guest Artists. Share tips and hacks on equipment. Hear how to get the most from
your season, and how to improve your painting. Ask the questions that have been nagging you.

12:15 Lunch

12:45 Message from Eric Rhodes, Chairman. CEO. Streamline Publishing, Inc.

Publisher of Plein Air Magazine
What in the world is going on with Plein Air? Eric discusses trends in painting and you’ll learn about
painters who are making their mark in plein air painting today.

1:00 Plein Air Painting Demonstration

Brian Sindler
Award winning artist Brian Sindler demonstrates his tonalistic approach to painting en plein air. He’ll
discuss his transition from impressionism to tonalism, and his switch from oils to acrylics. Brian was
recently featured in Plein Air and Fine Art Connoisseur Magazines.
2:00 Strategy and Tactics for Marketing Your Plein Air Painting
Eric Steinhardt, John Strand and Nancie King Mertz
Eric Steinhardt lays the ground work for creating your personal strategy in promoting yourself and your
paintings. He’s explaining the role of your website, and what you need to do to make your social efforts
productive. John Strand provides tips on specific hashtags he’s employed to promote his work. And, Nancie
King Mertz describes how she’s built a career and following to make her an international wonder. Though it
can’t be exactly replicated, you’ll hear the hard and consistent work that’s behind her success. By the end
of this session, you’ll know what you want and need to do to create a presence for you and your art work.

3:00 Break

3:30 Strategy and Tactics for Exhibiting Your Art
Jerry Stevens, Jen Stanley, Alvino Perez Junior

Jen Stanley and Jerry Stevens from the PAPC exhibits team will tell you about this year’s 4 exhibits and
give you insights to plan your exhibiting strategy. Jerry and Junior will discuss wiring practices and how to
create and plan for a cohesive collection to increase the likelihood of sales.

3:45 Paint Large!

Part I – Demo and Discussion: Joe Gyurcsak, Artist in Residence, Blick Art Materials
Joe received the Grand Prize at Plein Air Easton (PA) 2017 painting large. He’ll share his experience and
10 tips…
1) Materials you will need
2) Working from small studies and location
3) Canvas prep
4) Repeat light conditions
5) Location set up
6) Recapturing the splendor and liveliness of the original study
7) Keys to remixing color piles
8) Looking for additional elements that can enhance the larger work
9) Working from a greater easel distance
10) Knowing when and how to complete the larger format painting
Part II – Easels and Gear Ray Vlcek and Jen Stanley
Large scale plein air paintings will be included in the Annual Show, but must be completely plein air. Ray
Vlcek and Jen Stanley show easels, gear and ways to secure your easel against the wind and elements.

4:50 Q&A and Wrap Up

5:00 Adjourn