Outdoor Painting Program Coming to Hendricks County Parks

Hendricks County Parks & Recreation and local artist Rachel Davis are bringing a new outdoor painting program to McCloud Nature Park and Sodalis Nature Park this summer, beginning May 20, combining popular step-by-step canvas painting events with the great outdoors.

Plein Air Painting offers aspiring artists of all skill levels the unique opportunity to come out to McCloud or Sodalis to paint beautiful landscapes and historic structures under the guidance and instruction of Davis, who owns and operates The Purple Palette.

Davis will bring all necessary art supplies out to each park and then provide step-by-step guidance specific to each participant’s skill level. A Hendricks County Park Naturalist will be there to provide some background and education to painters about what they’re painting while they work. Participants will be able to take their unique artwork and conversation piece home with them at the end of the program.

The term “plein air” comes from the French phrase en plein air, meaning “in open air.” The new Plein Air Painting program invites participants to immerse themselves in the therapeutic benefits of fresh air and natural beauty of Hendricks County parks while creating a masterpiece on canvas outdoors.

Plein Air Painting will be held on May 20 and June 17 at McCloud Nature Park. Additional programs will be held on July 15 and August 19 at Sodalis Nature Park. All programs begin at 10 a.m. and last about two hours. Each program is $30 per person.

Plein Air Painting is recommended for ages 6+ and advance registration is required. To learn more about this program, including how to register, click here. Space in each program is limited, so early registration is encouraged.