Paint the Town
Alpharetta Plein Air
May 18 - 22, 2021 (rain or shine)
A multi-day painting invitational culminating in an awards ceremony and exhibition at the Alpharetta Arts Center.
Hosted by Arts Alpharetta in partnership with the City of Alpharetta and the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau.
CALL FOR ARTISTS!
Arts Alpharetta is hosting the 1st annual plein air painting competition, Paint the Town, Tuesday – Saturday, May 18 – 22, 2021.
Entrants need to submit up to two (2) images and a $35 nonrefundable entry fee for consideration for acceptance into the competition via the "Entrythingy" online platform by March 12.
Over $3,000 in cash awards will be given in 3 categories: Professional, Novice, and Quick Draw/Paint. You may select your own category. Typically, the Professional category will include artists who have exhibited and received payment for their plein air artworks, who have worked or taught in the plein air style or who have belonged to an organized group or society of plein air artists. Novice category includes artists who have never participated in a plein air event or sold artworks which were created in the plein air manner. While Quick Draw/Paint competition is included in full registration, artists may enter only the Quick Draw/Paint event held on May 22 for $25.
Acceptable media conducive to painting en plein air includes: oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, gouache and charcoal on varied surfaces.
Painting en plein air with Jill McGannon
Tuesday, May 18th, 9AM-4PM
Location: Alpharetta Arts Center
238 Canton Street, Alpharetta, GA 30009
Registration Information Coming Soon!
Oils or acrylics, for all skill levels, however a working knowledge of your chosen medium is recommended. Jill will take students through the creation of a plein air painting, from selecting what to paint, creating a strong and dynamic composition, to the block in and then painting. Veteran painters will build upon their skillsets working with an award-winning artist. She'll demonstrate working from large shapes to small, dark to light, and thin to thick paint. Starting with a 2-color block in, then mixing secondary colors from a palette of a warm and a cool of each primary color to create color harmony in the final painting. Jill will do a 1-hour demo, then students will start blocking in their paintings. After lunch, Jill will quickly go back over her approach to plein air, then students will continue to paint. Jill will be walking around during the class to offer suggestions, tips and critiques as everyone paints.