Artist Workshop: Plein Air Painting

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Paint like an early California Impressionist at CMATO's next Artist Workshop, inspired by our new exhibit, GIFTED!

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During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, California artists produced a unique style that combined several distinctive aspects of American and European art. This style—known as California Impressionism or California plein air painting, after the French term for “in the open air”—focused on capturing the special light and color of the state’s landscape and helped to define modern landscape painting.

Join CMATO on Saturday, Sept 25 at 2:00 PM for our Artist Workshop series as we paint our own plein-air paintings based on our upcoming exhibition GIFTED: Collecting the Art of California at Gardena High School, an extraordinary collection of California Impressionist paintings started by seniors at Gardena High School in 1919. For nearly 40 years, each senior class selected, purchased and donated works of art to the school, ultimately amassing an exceptional permanent collection of paintings in the Impressionist, figurative and landscape genres. Today, the Gardena High School Art Collection is widely considered one of the nation's greatest collections of early 20th century California art.

Previous painting experience is recommended but not required, and all ages are welcome. This session will be held via Zoom.


Photo reference of a personally significant location or paint outside if possible

9x 12 canvas panel, or size of your choice

Variety of paint brushes

Acrylic or oil paints



Pallet knife

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The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) is a cultural institution dedicated to engaging, educating and uplifting the human spirit through the palette of art. Established in 2008, the museum showcases established and emerging contemporary artists, with a unique focus on participatory art. As part of its mission to connect people to creativity, ideas and to each other, CMATO features rotating temporary exhibitions, artist lectures and educational programs that foster discussion, participation and an appreciation for the visual arts. To learn more or to become a museum member, visit

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