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July 15, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Plein Air Watercolor Painting on Sauvie Island: Raccoon Point

*This is an in-person art class for intermediate and ambitious beginners.

Summer is here! Let’s head out to Sauvie Island. Come prepared with all your painting gear, and we’ll have some fun adventure watercolor painting at Raccoon Point. A beloved spot on Sauvie for bird watchers and plein air painters. We will set up an easel or a lawn chair and paint this glorious landscape!

One of the best ways to truly see and understand the beauty of the landscape is to paint outside (plein air). We will spend the day studying the landscape with watercolor as students learn the basics of setting up outdoors, simplifying compositions, mixing colors, and expressive brush strokes.

Location: Raccoon Point on Sauvie Island. Google directions. Take US-30 W/NW St Helens Rd to NW Sauvie Island Rd/NW Sauvie Island Bridge. Turn right onto NW Sauvie Island Rd/NW Sauvie Island Bridge. Continue to follow NW Sauvie Island Rd for 2.2 mi. Turn right onto NW Reeder Rd for 3.2 mi. The destination will be on the left.

Please dress appropriately for the weather and sun. Bring plenty of water, snacks, and lunch.

Limited to 10 participants.


Public transit: Not available.
Rest stops: You will be seated for this class, sitting in what you bring to make you comfortable: a folding chair, blanket, easel, and folding tv table, for example.
Bathrooms: Portapotty. Google map of Sauvie Island Public Toilets
Parking: Parking lot. Participants need an ODFW Wildlife Area parking permit.

Do you have an access need that isn’t listed here? Please reach out to classes@birdallianceoregon.org with any additional questions or concerns.


Distance: 300 feet from the parking lot
Elevation changes: Small hill from the parking lot to the dike.
Trail: The Raccoon Point path is short and well-maintained and takes walkers atop a dike for excellent viewing
Sun exposure: Full. Bring a sun umbrella.

Photo is of a plein air watercolor painting in the foreground with the landscape subject in the background.
Plein Air Watercolor Painting on Sauvie Island, photo by Ronna Fujisawa

Paint with Ronna on beautiful Sauvie Island at Raccoon Point!

For intermediate and ambitious beginners. Painting the landscape in the open air is one of the best ways to connect with the landscape and paint in real-time. Learn how to see and create beautiful watercolor paintings outside with in-person instruction.


In-person Class Details


July 15, 2023
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Tara Lemezis