Painting the Great Outdoors with Larry DeGraff

thu06oct(oct 6)9:30 pmfri07(oct 7)4:00 pmPainting the Great Outdoors with Larry DeGraff9:30 pm - 4:00 pm (7)(GMT-05:00) View in my time

Event Details

In this two-day workshop will include live demos, discussions, and one-on-one instruction about the basics of mixing realistic colors and creating engaging compositions. This class is designed for artists who have a basic understanding of painting and are ready to go deeper.

Larry DeGraff made the leap to fine art after many years as a greeting card artist for Hallmark Cards. He studied illustration and figurative painting at the Kansas City Art Institute and has received training from some of the best oil painters in the country. Larry mostly paints landscapes but is also inspired to paint still life and figurative pieces. He paints both in the studio and outdoors and finds that painting from life is essential. Larry’s work has earned national awards and has been featured in Southwest Art and Plein Air Magazine. Find out more about Larry DeGraff here:

Larry is planning to paint outdoors at some point during this workshop, so bring an outdoor easel. Painting outdoors is not a requirement, but will be good experience for those looking to paint en plein air.

Lunch will be provided for all participants. Participants need to bring their own supplies.

How to Participate

October 6 and 7, 2022

9:30 am – 4:00 pm (lunch is included both days)

$220 for the full two-day workshop / $130 for first day only (Thursday)

Please select

Recommended Supply List for Oil and Acrylic Painters:

• Outdoor Easel (french easel or pochade box with tripod) including a palette.
Michaels has a French easel for $120. 
And a “bare minimum” field easel for $42:
Professional grade easels run $400-$500 and can be ordered online:
• Prolific Painter’s Day Tripper
• Soltek
• Artwork Esssential’s Easyl
• Strada Easel
• Guerilla Painter

• Brushes: Flat and filbert hog bristles or synthetic hog bristles in various sizes (2,4,6,8,10) plus a round rigger or script for certain situations.
• Palette Knife for mixing colors and as a painting tool.
• Canvases: I would recommend between 8″x10″ and 12″x16″. Smaller paintings are easier to finish in the time we have. Canvas panels or gessoed masonite work great.
• Paint Colors: You don’t need this exact list but should have enough range to mix most color:
Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow light or Cadmium Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red light, Burnt Sienna or Transparent Oxide Red, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Viridian Green and Ivory Black
• For oil painters: odorless Mineral Spirits or Gamsol. No turpentine please. For Acrylic painters: Several water containers.
• Paper Towels and a small trash bag.
• A brimmed hat, layered clothing, bug spray and sun block. Welcome to the outdoors!

For those using watercolor or pastel, use pigments that approximate the above list. Those using pastels will need a much broader range of colors.

If you have any questions about if this class is a good fit for you, or any other questions, please contact Alex Asher at (816) 233-7003 or



6 (Thursday) 9:30 pm - 7 (Friday) 4:00 pm(GMT-05:00) View in my time


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