The historic Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville is hosting an outdoors workshop, “En Plein Air,” for beginners from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday taught by Tennessee artist Susan Elizabeth Jones.
No experience is necessary for participants who will experience a leisurely day painting outdoors.
Cost is $125 and includes supplies, instruction, lunch and tour of the mansion. A portion of the proceeds will go toward restoration projects at the Myrtles to ensure its beauty and history are preserved for the enjoyment and education of future generations, owner Teeda Moss said.
“Painting en plein air simply means painting outside,” Jones said.
“Even if you can’t draw a straight line, your creative spirit is alive and waiting for your invitation to evolve, and where is a more beautiful setting to paint outside like the French Impressionists than during springtime in beautiful St. Francisville under the century-old shade trees of the antebellum Myrtles Plantation?”
Students will meet at 9 a.m. on the patio for a comprehensive lecture on the fundamentals of outdoor painting and required equipment.
From 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., participants will be free to roam the grounds to paint everything from magnolias, azaleas and live oaks to garden statuary to the home itself, Jones said.
A boxed lunch will be provided by the Carriage House restaurant, and in the afternoon, students will be invited to tour the home.
All levels of painting skills are welcome, but the class will be taught assuming students are new to painting en plein air.
Class size is limited and reservations are required.
Call Jones at (615) 216-5907 to reserve your easel or Moss at (225) 635-6277 for information about the Myrtles, 7747 U.S. 61.