En plein air is a French expression that means “in the open air” and refers to painting outdoors with the artist’s subject in full view.
Animal Care Sanctuary (ACS) will be hosting a special “plein air” art workshop titled “Anyone Can Paint” on Saturday, July 25 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. This event will be held at the sanctuary’s East Smithfield location. A fee of $45 includes materials and lunch. Martha Campbell will be teaching the course.
Currently a professor at Mansfield University (MU), Campbell has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from SUNY, Empire State College and a Masters of Fine Arts from Goddard College in Vermont.
Campbell does more than just painting. In addition to watercolors, oils, and acrylics, she does graphic design, digital photography, three-dimensional design, and even creative book making by hand.
Sara Hamburger, who has a Master’s Degree in art from MU, will be assisting Campbell at the sanctuary.
Hamburger remembers the first art class she took from Campbell at MU. It was a watercolor class. Campbell asked Hamburger if she would like to have her plein air easel. Campbell had it during her college days. She had a new one and wanted to give her old one to someone she felt would appreciate it and use it to further his or her artistic endeavors. Hamburger was honored that Campbell had asked her and accepted the gift.
That was not the only thing Hamburger remembers about Campbell.
“She always inspired her students,” said Hamburger. “Not only to make great art, but to believe in their own abilities as artists; to reach beyond their own artistic boundaries.”
According to Hamburger, Campbell’s expectations about what you as an artist create are not rigid, but allow for differences in expression, style, approach, and end result.
“She was the type of teacher who helped you grow in your own direction,” said Hamburger. “But didn’t tell you what specifically to grow into.”
In Hamburger’s opinion, Campbell is a great artist, as well as an inspiring instructor.
“I don’t like it when I’m told what art is, and what art isn’t,” said Hamburger. “Martha Campbell is truly an artist who lets the artist in me, be me.”
Hamburger is the Director of Enrichment and Behavior for the Canine Care Department at ACS. She wanted to combine the community’s love for art with the beauty of the sanctuary’s surroundings. And what more beautiful place is there to paint en plein air than right here in the hills of Bradford County?
“Come and experience Animal Care Sanctuary like you never have before,” said Hamburger. “To fully understand the beauty that encapsulates the sanctuary, one must see it from all perspectives.”
As an added bonus, animal lovers who take this special workshop will not only gain an incredible painting experience, but will know that they are also helping the animals in the sanctuary.
The workshop will be held rain or shine. If it rains, painting will be indoors using photographs in place of plein air. If it is sunny, don’t forget your hat and sunscreen. For more information or to make a reservation please call Sara Hamburger at (570) 596-2200, extension 151, or email email@example.com
“We invite you to enjoy a day of painting that is without the pressures of worrying whether you are the next Monet or not,” said Sara Hamburger. “This event is for those who have always wanted to venture into the world of painting, but never thought they could.”