En-Plein-Air Painting Workshop at Whittemore


This workshop is a 4 session immersion into painting en plein air or literally, painting outdoors. We will take our french box easels and oil paints out onto the grounds of Whittemore and beyond and learn techniques for painting the landscape. Our goal will be one painting per session but we will remain flexible in how we approach this. We will consider size and scale, texture and color, brushwork and stylistic differences as well as surfaces and how to prepare them. Class time will consist of short talks and demonstrations and painting in the field with individual support from the instructor. Pack a lunch or pick up something at Whittemore to take along. Join for the instruction or for the community of painters working outdoors this summer. You will need the supplies listed on the supply list. You may already have these or wish to purchase them for this class. There is also a kit available with everything you need for purchase.


About the Instructor:

Todd Lambrix is currently the artist in residence at the Whittemore CCC, a full time professor of Fine Arts at Parsons School of Design in New York, has taught drawing in Paris, and is a life-long resident of Hunterdon County. He has a Masters Degree in Sculpture from The Rhode Island School of Design and a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting from Rutgers University. He works across a variety of media and has been plein air painting for more than 10 years. 


     Workshop Session 3                                                   Workshop Session 4

       August 25th: 11:00am-3:00pm                                             September 29th: 11:00am-3:00pm

       September 1st: 11:00am-3:00pm                                   October 6th: 11:00am-3:00pm

       September 8th: 11:00am-3:00pm                                   October 13th: 11:00am-3:00pm

       September 15th: 11:00am-3:00pm                                   October 20th: 11:00am-3:00pm

     Tuition: $400.00                                                      Tuition: $400.00




Supply List

The Kit includes everything you would need to not only take the class, but continue on with this style of painting beyond the class. 

  • Julian French Box Easel: $99.00

  • Sennelier Plein air paint kit: $100.17

  • DaVinci Brush Set: $51.73

  • 2 Palette knives : $16.00

  • Single Palette cup: $8.00

  • Guerilla brush cleaner: $17.00

  • Mineral Spirits $10

  • Linseed Oil $10

Total Kit price: $312.00

Order the Kit by September 17th in order to avoid special shipping charges.


If you have already painted and have supplies, you can purchase items individually as per your needs.

Easel | Here are some recommendations (Choose one)

Blick French Box Easel: $102.99

Julian French Box Easel: $99.00




Paints |

Sennelier Plein air oil painting set (landscape): $100.17


Brushes | A variety of sizes and styles for painting with oils. Choose natural or synthetic and have rounds, brights and flats available. Utrecht, Dick Blick, Princeton and DaVinci are all good brands. Sizes 3/0-6 are a good range too.

Here is a great starter pack: $51.73

Palette Knives | Your choice here. Something compact and flexible as well as something smaller. Go with metal and avoid the cheap plastic ones. The metal ones hold the edge better. I use these to not only mix paint but to “draw” into the painting as well. Think of them as versatile tools. These are nice:


Palette |

The box easels above come with palettes although I prefer a cut piece of plexi-glass or glass (with taped edges for safety). There are a variety of palettes out there that can suit every taste. You should consider portability and whether your paints are protected when not in use. If you are unsure, secure a piece of wax paper to a piece of cardboard using binder clips for your first go. 

Palette cups |

Guerilla Painter palette cups | Single is fine, double is the better value


Brush Cleaner Container |

Guerilla Cleaner | $15-$17

Holbein | $60-70 My favorite! Very well made and completely leak proof but very pricey. Get the small or medium.

Mineral Spirits | I use different spirits for cleaning brushes than I use for thinning paints. The can of spirits from home depot or the hardware store is great for cleaning brushes. I will have some on hand the first day for those in need. 

For thinning paint, you need this:


Linseed Oil |

I prefer the alkali refined linseed oil. It is cleaner and yellows less over time. There are many opinions on this and you may have your own preferences. You won’t need much for this class for the size we will be working. 


Canvas or Panel |

Your first panel is included in the price of the class and I will provide these on the first day. Subsequent paintings will need to have a surface which I will have for sale, or you can acquire your own. We will be talking about the different types of surfaces to use and how to prep them so you will be able to make informed choices going forward. 


Miscellaneous things to bring |

Rags for clean up. These can be old cotton tshirts that are torn up or shop towels. Something absorbent works best.