Plein Air

Meeting once a month (except in rain and uncomfortable heat) on Tuesdays 9:30 to 12:30, generally from October through May, except for February due to Splash. Non-members are welcome.


To meet in a non-classroom setting; encourage spontaneous drawing, painting, reference photography, etc. of a variety of subjects; meet and learn from other artists; get helpful input on your work; inspire artists who have never tried painting outdoors; or just enjoy the fresh air and watch other artists until such time as your are inspired to participate.

Suggested items to bring:

  • Lawn chair
  • Hard surface on which to paint
  • Containers of water to use/drink
  • Paper towels, brushes, paint, pencil
  • Snack
  • Camera
  • Hat, sunscreen and bug repellent
  • Trash bag
  • Keep in mind having to carry it to location of chosen spot to paint


A variety of beach, woods, marsh, quaint buildings, downtown villages, marinas, parks. Suggestions for locations are encouraged. Specific meeting places and maps will be emailed at least a week in advance.


All of the above is subject to change based on input from those interested in participating and on weather conditions (hard rain, heat). Those who wish to be notified of last minute cancellations must provide Jan Faerber or Rose Allen with phone number. The specific meeting place will be manned each date until 9:15am. Feel free to scatter from the meeting place to stake out your “spot”.


Jan Faerber, cell 989-295-5451 or (Jan – Apr only) or

Plein Air  Co-Chair – Rose Allen

Plein Air Painters Video Links

The following are links to an actual Plein Aire Session held on April 24th with   Jan Faerber and the BWS Plein Air painters.  Jan used Sap Green, Yellow Ochre, Cerulean and Cobalt Blue among other palette staples but bring your favorite colors.

Here’s the link to the first video:

Here’s the link to Jan’s demo:

Part II of the video: