Plein Air Workshop Features Full View Outdoors

Plein air is the act of painting in the outdoors with a full, open view of your landscape or structure.

TUSCUMBIA – The Tennessee Valley Art Association welcomes noted Birmingham artist and Notre Dame graduate, Amy R. Peterson, for an all-day plein air workshop on Saturday, May 1 from 8:30–4 at the  Tennessee Valley Museum of Art in Tuscumbia.

 The outdoor workshop will feature two live demonstrations, one on one instruction, and group critique at the end of day.   Lunch and snacks will be included.  The cost is $300 for general public and $275 for TVAA members.   Non-members  can choose to include a TVAA membership.  The workshop is limited to ten students, and they will need to furnish their own supplies. Students can choose any paint medium, although Pederson’s instruction will be geared toward oil.  

Peterson is a full time, professional artist residing near her native Birmingham.  She instructs weekly art classes at Forstall Art Center in Birmingham, regional workshops, and online Zoom Workshop series.  She is known for her Birmingham city scenes and historic interiors; plein air and still life work; and private commissions including pet portraits and wedding bouquets.

The 2005 University of Notre Dame graduate is a member of the Oil Painters of America; the American Impressionist Society; the Alabama Plein Air Artists; the Mountain Brook Art Association; and the Cahawba Art Association.

“As an outdoor enthusiast and conservationist, I value plein air painting as an opportunity to document a place in time, on canvas, immersed in the weather, the season, and the uniqueness of each location. I rely greatly on my plein air experience to infuse my studio paintings with light, life, and confident brush work. While I often paint from my own photographic references, painting from life remains my greatest teacher. Plein air is at the heart of my approach to teaching.“

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