Sanchi Leibach

Plein Air Workshops

sketching with charcoal

“Plein air painting”

En plein air (French pronunciation: [ɑ̃ plɛn ɛʁ]) is a French expression which means “in the open air,” and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, which is also called peinture sur le motif (“painting on the ground”) in French.

Plein air painting weekends:

If you are interested in joining me, please check this page or contact me so I can keep you informed of future dates.

Painting Sessions:

Consist of  2 ½ – 3 hours sessions

During a workshop I will explain and demonstrate various mediums and techniques that are used in ‘plein air’ painting. Thereafter each participant will find a spot and practice doing their own work. I will then give guidance to each participant with their chosen medium and technique. I will send you a material list and advise you on your setup to paint outdoors.

I look forward to spending time with you in nature.

A material list for the Plein air workshop will be provided when you have booked a spot.

Various mediums can be used, I will provided guidance as to what would suit you best.

Here are some comments from previous weekend participants:

“Dit is ‘n humbling ondervinding om in die varsheid en skoonheid en grootheid van die skepping van God jou esel staan te maak en jou gereedskap uit te pak. Daar is niks wat vergelyk met die adrennalien rush wat jy beleef met die eerste hale van jou verfkwas nie. Wat vir my uitstaan is die skaduwees van die natuur, en die belewenis om te sien hoe skaduwees ‘n landskap verander. Dis ‘n belewenis wat elkeen van ons moet meemaak. Jou ingesteldheid op elke skildery in die studio is ook meer intens. Dit is ‘n lekker belewenis om jou selfvertroue te voel groei van een klas tot die volgende.” – Elsabe Grobbelaar

“Sanchi has an extraordinary skill level and shares her technical know how easily and readily. The generosity of her spirit is infectious. The choice of location provides an endless choice of views to paint, and Sanchi picked and suggested beautiful spots for the morning and afternoon sessions. I feel that my observation skills and brush techniques received a boost due to the almost individual attention. The cross learning and sharing of experiences gave my confidence a boost. I tackled a medium I had dreamed of using, watercolours, my progress was too slow for the workshop, but I have the opportunity to finish my painting off back at The Art Centre, under Sanchi’s guidance. I so enjoyed meeting new artists and the company was delightful.” – Daryl Tytherleigh Wearne

Plein Air Painting Experience

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