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Plein Air Days

Plein Air days has been a commitment since the DAC organization began. They are enjoyed by members who wish to experience the outdoors and relish the social aspect of painting together. Plein Air days are hosted by The Plein Air Painters of the Desert Art Center at various locations in and around the Coachella Valley. They are free to all DAC members and one or two of our instructors are on hand to give advice.

En plein air is a French expression that means “in the open air.” It is used by artists to describe the art of outdoor painting, capturing landscapes and views in natural light. These plein air painting techniques apply to both plein air oil painting and plein air watercolor. 


Plein Air Days Schedule for 2018-2019 Season

Desert Art Center Sponsored Days

October 6, 2018 Tewanet

November 17, 2018 San Jacinto Santa Rosa Monument Center

January 19, 2019  Whitewater Preserve

February 16, 2019 Coachella Preserve

March 2, 2019 Ironwood Park

April 6, 2019  Arabey Wash (no restrooms)

May 4, 2019 Indian Canyons

California Art Club Sponsored Days

November 3, 2018 Joshua Tree Monument

December 1, 2018 Indian Canyons

January 5, 2019 White Water Preserve

February 2, 2019 Coachella Preserve

For precise directions or equipment needed and to RSVP contact Elaine Mathews.

The outings usually last from 8:30 am - 2:00 pm.

Bring water and a sack lunch. Plan on eating together. Help and critiques offered if requested.


Please be sure to include which Plein Air days you would like to attend.

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