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Plein Air Landscapes in Oils with Jill Banks

April 16 - May 28


Plein Air Class for Spring will be postponed until July with a change in format. Check back for details by the end of April.

There’s nothing like painting on location to breathe life into your work. Students will learn about site selection, developing the compositional sketch, breaking down “things” into abstract BIG shapes, how to deal with architecture, moving objects, and working in direct color. Painting the Landscape classes will be taught in plein air in outdoor locations – including farms and nearby towns. Students will need their own portable easels.  Fees for admittance to certain locations and models (one session may be of the figure in the landscape) are additional. Painting locations will be emailed to students the day before each class (or sooner). You must pre-register so you’ll know where to show up on the first (and subsequent) days of class. Please email Jill at jill@jillbanks.com to find out about potential painting sites. We explore all sorts of treasures in the areas surrounding Great Falls VA and in the wider DC area. So much fun!

Suggestions for painting locations by students are encouraged including indoor or covered spaces in case of inclement weather. At each location we will work in a small area so that neighboring students benefit from at easel critiques and instruction.  In at least two classes we will have an end-of-day session critique.

Topics to be covered:
Selecting What to Paint/Finding You
What Are the Big Shapes?
How Do You Indicate Perspective?
Dealing with Elements that WILL Change
Value Assessment and Control
Painting Particular Subjects (boats on water, skies and clouds, architectural elements, gardens, animals)

Supply list

How to pack for a plein air outing including suggested supplies: https://jillbanks.com/page/4833/plein-air-painting-supply-list

About the instructor:  Jill Banks
Jill Banks has been juried or invited into many of the top plein air competitions in the country including En Plein Air Texas, the Sedona Plein Air Festival, Wayne Plein Air (PA), Bucks County Plein Air, Telluride Plein Air, Richmond Plein Air (VA),  and many more. In 2018, she won the Quick Draw and was the Top Seller at Telluride Plein Air, won Second Place and the President’s Award at the Falls Church “Scene in the City” Plein Air Competition and an Honorable Mention in the Bucks County Plein Air Quick Draw.

Top 9 Painting and Drawing Teacher in the DC area – Jill made the list!
Southwest Art Magazine, July 2017, “Artists To Watch” Editors’ Choice. Read the article here.


April 16
May 28


The Arts of Great Falls


The Arts of Great Falls School
756 Walker Road
Great Falls, VA 22066 United States
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