This four day course will focus on painting on location (plein air) as a form of study and not as performance art. Working on location started hundreds of years ago as a way of studying the mutable effects of weather and atmosphere and to help painters develop a closer, truer, and more intimate relationship with nature. The practice is intended to heighten the artist’s knowledge of nature and to elevate their artistic sensibility to it. We will discuss and examine not only “how” to create work outdoors, but also the all important “why”. This conceptual aspect of painting is something that many artists pass by and it is the very essence of artistic intent.