Plein Air Painting in Oil: Getting the Process Down

August 19-20-21, 2013 Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday

Ann Tristani

Painting on location is challenging and exhilarating. It forces you to sort through all

the information around you and simplify it. This three-day workshop provides structure

to the sometimes daunting task of capturing a fleeting moment in time on canvas.

Ann will begin the workshop with a demonstration of her painting process, showing

you how she creates a painting from beginning to end, sharing her thoughts and the

decisions she makes along the way. Plenty of individual instruction will be provided as

you paint outdoors amongst the natural beauty of this scenic, rural bluff country.

This workshop is for all who have the desire to paint classic landscapes in the

plein air tradition. Ann still remembers what its like to be a beginning painter. She will provide lots of one-on-one

encouragement, guidance and enthusiasm on this painting adventure. The workshop will include a group critique,

providing the opportunity to learn from each other.

Ann’s website: - See the Cottage Series to view some of Ann’s paintings done at Full Circle Retreat.

Three-Day Workshop: $330 (*$300 for repeat/returning painters) for registrations postmarked by August 3, $350 thereafter 

Workshop begins Monday 9am through Wednesday 4pm (9am-4pm each day) Paint early mornings and evenings on your own.

On-site lodging is available. See: LODGING for information. Lodgers arrive Sunday night.


To reserve your space in this workshop contact

To confirm your reservation and hold your space, mail this Registration Form along with your payment.

See Registration Information for our policies. *Please read our cancellation policy.

About Lodging and Meals: LODGING





French easel or pochade box (or any portable easel/box set up)


Oil Paints (see below if you do not already have paints)




Palette Knife


Solvent (mineral spirits or gamsol)


6—9 Small canvas panels 12” x 16” or smaller


Paper towels 


Plastic bags for used paper towels


Wet panel carrier or pushpins and plastic bags to get your paintings home


View finder


Sketch pad and pencil


Sun Hat







Bug repellant


Water bottle


Rain gear



OIL PAINTS - A recommended Starter Kit:


Titanium White


Cadmium Yellow Light


Cadmium Yellow Medium


Cadmium Orange


Transparent Red Oxide or Burnt Sienna


Cadmium Red Medium


Alizarin Crimson


Ultramarine Blue



Some TWIN CITIES resources for Plein Air products:

Ultrecht Art Supply -

1601 Hennepin Ave

Minneapolis, MN  55403

612 339-3400

Wet Paint: Artists' Materials & Framing -

1684 W Grand Ave

St Paul, MN  55105

651 698-6431

Dick Blicks Art Materials – 2 Twin Cities Locations -

3867 Gallagher Drive

Edina, MN 55435

952 831-6061


2389 Fairview Avenue

Roseville, MN 55113

651 636-2818

Internet Resources



Ann Tristani

Becoming an oil painter is Ann’s response to a lifetime of exploring and appreciating creation.

After a childhood of romping in a ravine and climbing trees, a college career majoring in art and

biology, marriage and four children, it was at last time for Ann to paint! And so Ann painted

and painted and painted some more!

Over the years, Ann has studied with many nationally recognized oil painting Masters. She is

represented by several galleries throughout the Midwest and teaches ongoing oil painting

classes and workshops at the White Bear Center for the Arts where, “Slam in those darks!” is

a favorite phrase Ann hopes her students will come to understand and apply. She is a fun and

encouraging teacher who remembers what it’s like to be a beginning painter.

More about Ann and to view her paintings, visit:



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