Plein Air Painting with Intention

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Plein Air Painting with Intention
with Manon Sander
October 31 – November 2, 2021


Juggling all the elements a beautiful painting consists of can feel like being the ringmaster in a three-ring circus, even more so when time is limited while painting en plein air. Help is on the way: Manon will guide you through the steps to simplify a complex scene in order to translate it into a painting filled with light and exciting, vibrant color. Manon strongly believes that every brushstroke should have a purpose and needs to be executed with intention, and so she will demo her technique while pointing out the many decisions you have to make while building your painting. Understanding the intention behind those decisions will make the painting process more pleasurable, manageable, and fun for you. With Manon’s help you will dive into composition, shape making, value, using contrast for maximum impact, brushwork, how to avoid making mud or chalky colors, and, Manon’s favorite, how to mix beautiful, vibrant colors with the intention to fill your painting with light.

Every day we will be painting in beautiful outdoor locations. Manon will inject demos and lectures but will also make sure that you will have ample painting time under her guidance. We will end the day with daily group critiques.

Oil preferred, acrylics acceptable. Working knowledge of your medium beneficial.”

In-Person Classes
COVID Health and Safety Protocols

The health and safety of our Patrons, Students, Volunteers, and Staff are a top priority. Since COVID-19 first surfaced, our staff continues to monitor the situation closely, taking every precaution to keep our Patrons, Students, Volunteers, Staff, and our community safe.

  • We require that masks be worn at all times while inside our buildings.
  • Enrollment in classes and workshops is limited to ensure social distancing is possible.
  • Staff perform a rigorous sanitation protocol throughout the day.
  • Thermometers are available in the Gallery and Studios for self-checking of temperature upon entrance.
  • Sanitation stations are available at each entrance to the Center. Paper masks are available for no charge.

21 1031 MS

Manon Sander

Manon Sander

Manon considers herself a contemporary impressionist, aiming to communicate her joie
de vivre through paintings that reflect the color, light, and joy she feels surrounded by
and is ever so grateful for. Her focus is to capture the effects of light on a subject and the
feeling it evokes, expressing it through interesting patterns, luminous color, and juicy
brush strokes.

Manon participates in plein air competitions and juried shows of national organizations
like the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society and American Impressionist Society.
Manon’s award winning work has been included in publications like Southwest Art
Magazine and Plein Air Magazine. She is a sought-after painting instructor and made her
debut as invited faculty member of Plein Air South in 2020. Manon maintains a studio at
the Village Art Studios in Tequesta, FL. Her work is represented by Arsenault Gallery in
Naples, FL, Sea Spirit Gallery and Lost Art Gallery in St. Augustine, FL.

Manon ‘s Material List

• Titanium White
• Fast Matte White by Gamblin (small tube)
• Lemon Yellow
• Cadmium Yellow Medium (Gamblin preferred)
• Indian Yellow
• Cadmium Orange or Permanent Orange
• Gold Ochre (Yellow Ochre is ok)
• Naphtol Scarlett (Gamblin) (Cad Red is ok)
• Quinacredone Red
• Phtalo Blue or Cerulean Blue
• Ultramarine Blue
• Viridian or Pthalo Green
• Transparent Earth Red
• Black (any kind)

In general, as long as you have a warm and a cool version of yellow, blue, and red you should be good to go and we can decide together what else you might want to get for better results.

Medium: Gamblin solvent-free fluid or gel or Liquin Original or Neo-Megilp

Thinner: Gamsol (for oil painters). !Please note that no turpentine or any smelly solvent will be allowed in class!


Long handled natural bristle brushes such as hog hair or synthetic bristles like Rosemary’s long-handled long flats. I use Rosemary’s “Ivory” and “Shiraz” style which can be ordered through
• Size 1 round.
Size 2,4, 6, 8 long-bristled flats or filberts. Please no short stubby brushes or old stiff paint-encrusted brushes.

• 2” diamond shaped palette knife.

Canvasses (I prefer canvas/linen boards over stretched canvas.)
• Two canvases per day in small sizes like 8 x 10, 9 x 12, or 11 x 14”. For the less seasoned painter I recommend to stick with 8 x 10”.
• Two tiny canvases per day for value studies, 5 x 7” or 6 x 8” are perfect.


• Garbage receptacle such a plastic bag
• Paper towels (blue shop towels from Home Depot are great)
• Clips
• View finder
• Easel and Tripod
• Possibly umbrella for protection from the sun
• Palette
• Small sketch pad and pencil
• Hat or visor
• Sunscreen
• Bug Spray
• Water/Snack/Lunch
• Stool if you wish to sit

If you have any questions in regards to the supplies please don’t hesitate to call Manon at 415-606-7685 or email at

Cancellation Policy


  • Each student must enroll individually
  • Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices in the Art Barn, toll-free at 888-954-4442 or locally at 928-282-3809
  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours at the Art Barn

In-Person and Online Workshops

  • A student may pay in full or place a $125 non-refundable deposit to save a space in the workshop
  • Any unpaid balance is due at least 30 days prior to first day of class
  • If a student cancels before the 30-day cut-off, the balance is refunded (or cancelled if not already paid) – the deposit is non-refundable
  • If a student cancels within the 30-days prior to class, no refund is given and both deposit and balance are forfeited
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full

Important Message

The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. There are absolutely no refunds after the cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all fees paid will be refunded in full.

Covid-19 Update for In-Person Classes and Workshops: 

As long as SAC is able to provide an environment that adheres to the CDC guidelines for social gatherings, and assuming all other normal criteria are met and the workshop or class goes forward, the above cancellation policies are in effect.

"Thanks Manon for all of your great teaching of colors, temperature values, etc. I have not had anyone do it as well as you instruct so I thank you very much." Al H.

" I am thankful for you and the many new friends that I have made in your classes . I still have a lot to learn, but I feel that I have come a long way under your tutoring…and, I am having a great time. It doesn’t get better than that !" Connie K.

"Just a note to thank you for a wonderful training! You “exchanged in abundance!” meaning I got much, much more for my money than expected! You not only are a wonderful artist, you are an exceptional teacher. You have enormous patience, no matter what the student’s skill level is and always made me feel like I was good. (which is debatable! Haha) You make each person feel like they are special…and always pointed out the right things they did while gently correcting any area that needed to be corrected. That is NOT a common trait and congratulations on mastering it! I learned an enormous amount about temperature, values and color. And that you drilled us over and over on it, I feel like I actually “got it” and was able to make this information “my own” so I can use it naturally into the future. You are a true joy to watch…taking a blank canvas to a vibrant and alive painting…and we didn’t even do complete paintings…just exercises. But your display of certainty gave me confidence that I could do that as well…and often a skill comes from just changing your mind and deciding you can do it!" Claire T.

"Thank you for another wonderful session! Slow but sure, I feel things getting into my head with repetition and you always bring some new skill to each painting- you are not only a fabulous artist but also an amazing teacher! " Connie R.