2018 Paint Out, Aug. 9, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., UCCS Heller Center for the Arts and Humanities, 1250 N. Campus Heights, free, uccs.edu.
ecause it sounds fancy, the term “en plein air” might put off beginning or amateur painters. But the only requirement for painting en plein air is to be outside, and to take inspiration from the natural world as you paint. That means the Heller Center
’s Paint Out is a perfect opportunity for artists of all levels to leave the studio and take advantage of the nice weather while we have it. This free event welcomes artists to explore the 36-acre property with their easels, canvases and palettes, but offers some structure around the practice, too. Beginning with coffee and bagels, and including lunch in the afternoon with wine and cheese in the evening, artists will start the day by setting a goal or intention for their work. Featured artist Karen Storm, who will lead the group critique at the end of the day, says: “It [the intention] could be as specific as gathering color notes, expressing the light, playing with edges, or capturing shapes … among other things. Or the intention could simply be to revel in the beauty of nature and express it joyfully! The critique then becomes a thought-provoking dialogue about the fulfillment of the intention, which is unique to each painter.”