Plein Air Pop-ups with Michelle Reid

Wednesday, September 7: 9AM–12PM + 1:30–4:30PM
Tett Centre lawn (lakeside)
Michelle Reid
Join Michelle Reid for a series of plein air (outdoor) painting sessions at the Tett Centre and other locations around town. Michelle will provide a brief history of the practice and explanation of traditional equipment. After a quick demonstration to help navigate any challenges, attendees start on their own projects for the day. Michelle will be available throughout the event for one-on-one coaching. The class will wrap up with a group critique.


Pop-up dates are announced 5 days before the events when the appropriate weather is forecast. Sessions 3 + 4 will be the final sessions of this series.


SESSION 1: Sunday, July 31, 9AM–12PM

SESSION 2: Sunday, July 31, 1:30–4:30PM

SESSION 3: Wednesday, September 7, 9AM–12PM

SESSION 4: Wednesday, September 7, 1:30–4:30PM

 ***Register for sessions 3 + 4 here***


All ages and skill levels are welcome. The demonstration will be presented in oil paint, but participants are welcome to work in any media. Materials will not be provided, however, participants are welcome to borrow a French easel from Michelle Reid's easel lending library on a first-come, first-served basis.


This program is offered free of charge. Donations are encouraged + greatly appreciated to support community programming at the Tett Centre!


Suggested Supply List:

1. Standing or lap easel*

2. Lawn chair

3. Paint + palette + brushes (or other media—pencil crayons, pastels, etc.)

4. Canvas, paper, canvas board, or wood panel

5. Solvents in a sealed container

6. Sketch pad + pensil to take notes and create thumbnail sketches

7. Paint rags + waste bag

8. Phone camera or viewfinder

9. Sunscreen

10. A good hat with a wide brim to keep the sun out of your eyes and off your neck

11. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes

12. Windbreaker / light rain coat + extra layers in case the weather gets chilly

TIP: Remember to keep your supplies lightweight as you will be carrying your gear to and from the lawn.

*You can also borrow a French easel from Michelle Reid's easel lending library. French easels contain a sketchbox, easel, and a canvas carrier in a small package. The sketchbox holds paint supplies and a palette, and the legs and canvas arm collapse for ease of travel. These easels are available at the pop-ups on a first-come, first-served basis.


Artist Biography

Michelle Reid is a Resident Studio Artist at Kingston's Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning.  Her oil paintings are a contemporary approach to post-impressionism that will spark emotional memories of catching the perfect light in familiar places.  She deconstructs a scene into bold and confident brushstrokes grounded in the drama between light, shadow and saturated colours that shine so bright it will make you reach for your sunglasses. 

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