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September 9, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Plein Air Watercolor Painting on Sauvie Island: Beaches

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

Let’s head out to Sauvie Island. Come prepared with all your painting gear. We’ll have some fun adventure watercolor painting at the local beaches.  Set up an easel or a lawn chair and paint the cool water on a hot summer day! 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. We will meet ahead of time at the Island Cove Market on Reeder Road, then head over to the beach.

Location: Meet at Island Cove Market, 31421 NW Reeder Road, Portland, OR 97231.  Once everyone has arrived, we will drive over to the beach and paint. 

You will need an ODFW Wildlife Area parking permit for the parking lot at the beach.
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: 5-minute walk from the parking area to the beach.
Elevation changes: slight slope.
Trail: Uneven dirt, walking on sand.
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

Learn how to paint with watercolor on the lovely beaches of Sauvie Island.

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


September 9, 2023
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Tara Lemezis