Plein air painting is about leaving the four walls of the studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. The practice was made into an art form by the French Impressionists. Their desire to paint light and its changing, ephemeral qualities, coupled with the creation of transportable paint tubes and the box easel, allowed artists the freedom to paint “en plein air” (“in the open air” en français).
More than 20 painters will be spread throughout the gardens painting en plein air. Wander along the paths and watch as they work.