Calling All Plein-Air Painters: WAS-H Outdoor Painting Opportunities

WAS-H offers organized outdoor painting opportunities with our Weekday Plein Air group.

Weekday Plein Air is a group that meets at pre-selected spots in Houston on Thursday mornings. Paint for two hours and then convene with the group for a gentle half hour critique and sharing opportunity.  Register for this event each season to receive emails with locations and updates. Then come when you can, it is an informal group meant to share the commardarie of painting "en plein air!"

Outdoor Painting Events

    • September 19, 2019
    • December 19, 2019
    • 13 sessions
    • TBA
    • 17

    Plein Air Painting 

    Louise Bateman, Facilitator,

    Contact Louise directly for specific questions.

    Do you love painting outdoors, in "plein air?"  Or would you like to give it a try? WAS-H is excited to announce a new weekday Plein Air program.  Painters will meet Thursdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and paint at pre-selected locations in Houston, with an optional opportunity to share your painting with the group for a gentle critique from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Simply register to receive notice about weekly locations and updates. There is no fee or instruction.  Come to as many of these weekday paint-outs as you wish -- no obligation.


    Sept 19 - CANCELLED  

    Sept 26 - Reinzi Museum grounds - Kirby Ave.  

    Oct 3 - Reinzi Museum interior - Kirby Ave.

    Check back for future dates/locations. If a change is made in the schedule, registered members will be notified via email.   

    In case of inclement weather, we will meet at Empire Cafe, 1732 Westheimer between Shepherd and Montrose. Empire has a wonderful covered patio area and only requires that we each purchase a drink or food item.


    Bring the supplies you can comfortably carry, and a lightweight stool. Some like to paint in their laps on a block or in a sketchbook. Check out suggested supplies from these seasoned plein air painters.

    Brenda Swenson: Brenda's Supplies

    Stephanie Bower: Stephanie's Supplies 

    April 16 - Menil Drawing Institute   Click Here - Map
    April 23 - Hermann Park - McGovern Gardens.    Meet in front of the Cherie Flores Pavilion -- Building 1 on the map Click Here - Map.  Free Parking available in Lot C
    Click Here - Parking Map .  Entries to parking lot off Hermann Drive at Crawford and Jackson Streets.  

Upcoming events

What do I Bring to a Paint Out?

The short answer is whatever you need to paint. Here is a suggested list to get you started on packing your plein-air painting kit.

  • Folding stool or chair to sit on
  • Easel, stool or chair for board
  • Board, clips or tape and paper or a watercolor block
  • Favorite paints and portable palette
  • Brushes
  • Water and container for painting
  • Paper towels or tissues
  • Rolling, folding metal cart to tote
  • Sketchbook and pencils and erasers
  • Camera or cell phone camera
  • Ruler or straight edge
  • Lunch or snack and drinks
  • Insect repellant
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Large umbrella for shade

TIP: Take lots of photos for reference, especially as lighting changes. The photos may be as important as the painting as they allow you to complete the paint- ing at home if necessary, or start over with lots of fresh material for future paintings.

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