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"Impressionist Painting in Plein Air with Oils or Pastels" with Carol Iglesias (June 2024)

with Instructor Carol Iglesias

2 Half-Days
Tuesday & Wednesday (9am to 12:30pm)
June 11, 12, 2024
The Exclusive Dolphin Head
inside of Hilton Head Plantation

(Dolphin Head Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC) 

Spend two lovely mornings outside learning how to paint with oils or pastels in Plein Air! The first morning, the class will start with painting demonstrations and information. Carol will share how she quickly captures the landscape in Plein Air.  

You will learn how to focus in on a composition, define the values, identify the light source, establish a point of focus and how to see and use colors effectively in your Plein Air paintings. You will learn the importance of painting light, shadows and colors from life.

There will be personalized teaching and individualized feedback.

This class is designed for beginner students, intermediate students and advanced students. This all-levels class focuses a lot on individual assistance from the instructor, who can adjust accordingly to each student.

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Materials Included: No materials are included in this class

The following is a list of items that I like to use. These are suggestions. You may use whatever materials that you have or prefer.

The items in bold are the most important supplies needed.


(I primarily use Gamblin with a limited palette of Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Light, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red Light, Alizarin Crimson, Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Sap Green, and Transparent Oxide Red). Depending on the location, I will add Cadmium Orange, Cerulean Blue, Manganese Blue Hue, Cobalt Blue, Cobalt Teal, Chromatic Black, or Rembrandt Prussian Blue. Also a Permalba White and Transparent Brown Oxide

Small Sketchbook
(I use 3.5" x 5" Strathmore Sketch.)

(x2) Oil Painting Panels or Canvas
11x14 or 12x16 are good sizes. (I use Centurion OP DLX Linen Panels for plein air and stretched canvas for studio. Please tone your panels or canvas ahead of class with Transparent Red Oxide. Many options available thru Amazon, Dick Blick or Jerry's Art-a-Rama.)

Long Handle (I use only Rosemary & Co. Evergreen or Ivory Filbert Brushes, numbers 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and Evergreen Long Flats in the same numbers and one old #2 bristle for drawing).

Gloves in a Bottle/Barrier Cream and/or Gloves
(I use VIPER x-small gloves.)

Baby Wipes and/or Paper Towels
(Viva or Shop Towels are best!)

Black Ultra Fine Tip Pen
(For Sketching. I like uni ball gel pens)

3 Values of Gray Markers
(I like the No. 1, 3 and 5 Cool Gray)

Gamblin Solvent-Free Gel

(Odorless, Please. I use The Art Treehouse Biobased ARtist Thinner, in a small container)/span>

For Plein Air, a Portable Easel or Tripod with Box (I use a Sienna Tripod and Oil Pochade Box with a plexiglass Mixing Surface.)
NOTE: Art League Academy has plenty of standing aluminum easels and some table top easels students are welcome to use during class.

Photos Your own to use as reference.

The following is a list of items that I like to use. These are suggestions. You may use whatever materials that you have or prefer with the exception of a toned sanded paper (any color) which works best with my teaching techniques.

The items in bold are the most important supplies needed.

Soft Pastels

(I primarily use Sennelier Half Sticks, Jack Richeson, Blue Earth or Great American)

Hard Pastels
(I occasionally use a few Jack Richeson or Nupastel)

Vine Charcoal or graphite stick

Small Sketchbook
(I use 3.5" x 5" Strathmore Sketch)

Pastel Premier Two 12" x 16" size sheets, toned Pastel Premier sanded paper.
It can be mounted or an individual sheet from an assorted colors pack. Many options available thru Amazon,, Dick Blick or Jerry's Art-a-Rama.)

2" Painters tape for catching your pastel dust

Gloves in a bottle/Barrier Cream and/or Gloves

(I use VIPER x-small gloves)

Baby Wiipes and/or Paper Towels
(Viva are best!)

Black Ultra Fine Tip Pen
(for sketching)

3 Values of Gray Markers
(I like the No. 1, 3 and 5 Cool Gray)

1" White or Black Artists Tape
( or similar for mounting your paper)

Mounting Board
(I like lightweight black plastic corrugated board or foam core from Michaels)

(Your own to use as painting references)

Small Container with Corn Meal
(to hold your working colors and to clean your pastels)

Glassine Sheets
(wax paper can also work to temporarily protect your work)


A Hat

(I like a wide brim to shade my eyes)

Portable Tripod with Easel or Box
(I use the Sienna Plein Air System tripod with a Heilman box) NOTE: If you need to borrow an easel, contact the Academy!

View Catcher
(I like this adjustible size viewer) or EasyL (A small clear grid viewer, or Picture Perfect 3 in 1 View Finder (A value filter, viewer & grid,

Sun Umbrella
(I use a white


Sun Block

Garbage Bag

Visit Carol's Website HERE.

Instructor: Carol Iglesias
Instructor Bio:
CAROL IGLESIAS was born in Montreal, Canada. She grew up in the Pacific Northwest and currently lives on Hilton Head Island, SC. She is an award-winning artist, instructor, and juror who has exhibited her paintings extensively at galleries, museums, and shows.

She works with oils and the brilliant color and texture of soft pastels. Her background in traveling has a strong influence on her subject matter. Carol employs a contemporary impressionistic style and has painted plein air for more than 20 years.

In 2012, she was awarded a prestigious Artist Residency for one month at "Les Amis de la Grande Vigne" in Dinan, France, the former home and studio of the famous French artist Yvonne Jean-Haffen. One of Carol's paintings was selected for the Museum's permanent collection and was on exhibition in France during 2013 and again in 2019.

She is an award winning signature member of The Maryland Pastel Society, as well as current member of The American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, The Pastel Society of America, and the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. Her painting was selected as a semi-finalist for The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, LPAPA'S 17th Annual Best of Plein Air Show.

Some of her paintings are in public and private collections throughout the U.S. as well as in five international countries. Her work has been published in many newspapers, magazines and books including "The Freelance Star", "Le Petit Bleu des Cotes d' Amour", "Quest France", "Elan Magazine", "American Art Collector Magazine", "The Piedmont Virginian Magazine", "The Best of America Pastel Artists, Volume II", "The Best Medical Advertising and Graphics" and the "2017 American Art Collector Book".


"I've had you for a teacher in Virginia. I felt I learned more than the 4 years I spent in Art School." -Linda M.

"Thanks for the really great and fun class - you are an inspiration to all of us." - Ann S.

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