Winter Park Paint Out

The Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens (Facebook Website) will be hosting their eleventh annual Winter Park Paint Out from April 21 to 27, 2019.

The gallery and sculpture gardens will be free to the public during the week-long event which will feature twenty-five professional plein air artists will paint at the Polasek Museum and locations nearby with art lovers invited to watch the artists at work, view their recently completed paintings in the gallery and attend free painting demonstrations.

Artwork created during the Winter Park Paint Out will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds going to support the museum. All artwork may also be viewed online as it is created at

Saturday, April 20, 8-10 a.m. (Pre-event)

Oil Painting Demonstration with Bill Farnsworth 
“Local Color” at the Winter Park Farmer’s Market

The Winter Park Paint Out kicks off early with a special pre-event demonstration at the bustling Winter Park Farmer’s Market. Artist Bill Farnsworth will capture the vendors, colorful flowers, fresh produce, food trucks, and early bird crowd at this local hotspot. He will demonstrate the basics of selecting a composition amongst the colorful chaos and show how to deal with the constant activity of the scene. Attendees are welcome to bring their own chairs to watch or come early and enjoy limited seating. The demo will take place at the entrance to the Winter Park History Museum located at 200 W. New England Avenue in Winter Park.

Sunday, April 21, 1-4 p.m.


Free Public Open House with Family-Friendly Activities 
“Student Chalk Walk” with Cory Wright at the Polasek Museum 
Performance by Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras

The Winter Park Paint Out officially starts with this Easter Sunday open house where festival artists will paint in the picturesque sculpture gardens. Artist Cory Wright will lead registered teams in the Student Chalk Walk competition by creating a chalk design on one of the garden’s sidewalk squares and then giving participants two hours to create their own designs. All K-12 students are invited to register in teams for the competition by e-mailing Complimentary art activities for all ages will be available in the gardens throughout the afternoon as well as a free lakeside performance by the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs; limited seating will be provided.

Sunday, April 21, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Oil Painting Demonstration with Elisabeth Ferber
“Classical Copper Canvases” at the Polasek Museum

Artist Elisabeth Ferber will demonstrate the classical technique of using copper as a canvas. The subject of her painting will be a classical arrangement of instruments provided by the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras, whose music will provide the backdrop for this demonstration. Ferber will show how copper can have extraordinary benefits such as increased color saturation, warm tonality, and how its sturdy properties are good for minimizing stress-induced cracking. Ferber is known for her “reductive” painting style on copper in which she finishes her composition by removing delicate lines of paint on the wet surface to show off the reddish glow of exposed copper.

Monday, April 22, 10 a.m.-Noon

Watercolor Painting Demonstration with John Gilbert
“Setting the Mood with Atmosphere” at the Polasek Museum

Plein air painters need to create interesting and pleasing compositions quickly, even during rapidly changing weather conditions. Paint Out artist John Gilbert will instruct the audience how to interpret the sky, light, clouds, and shadows to create an appropriate mood for the overall composition. He will also demonstrate how to set up a watercolor pallet based on the warm or cool color temperatures found within current atmospheric conditions.

Tuesday, April 23, 10 a.m.-Noon

Oil Painting Demonstration with Kathleen Denis
“The Power of a Limited Pallet” at the Polasek Museum

Less is more in this illuminating demonstration that restricts the pallet to just a few values. Paint Out artist Kathleen Denis, known for her expressive floral compositions, will show attendees how to simplify a scene using only three colors. Artists are often overwhelmed by the variety of color options; this minimalist technique shows how artists can free themselves up to concentrate on the basics of form and value. The audience will learn how to see objects in their simplest shapes and how they react to the most crucial plein air element of all—light!

Tuesday, April 23, 6-8 p.m.

Oil Painting Demonstration with Natalia Andreeva
“The Shape of Harmony” at the Winter Park Health Foundation’s Crosby Wellness Center

This demo will take place at near the main entrance of the newly-opened Crosby Wellness Center just minutes away from the Polasek Museum. Attendees will witness the dramatic architecture of this new wellness/fitness building along with its exterior sensory-themed gardens. Paint Out artist Natalia Andreeva will capture the essence of serenity in this space with its modern bamboo courtyard, fresh atmosphere, and water feature. Attendees will see how Andreeva chooses the elements of her composition and references harmonious design to create a well-balanced painting. This is a free public event; membership is NOT required. Limited seating available; free parking. The Crosby Wellness Center is located at 2005 Mizell Avenue in Winter Park.

Wednesday, April 24, 10 a.m.-Noon

Oil Painting Demonstration with Manon Sander
“Luminous Underpainting” at the Polasek Museum

In this demo, Paint Out artist Manon Sander will illuminate the technique of underpainting that many plein air artists employ, especially old master painters. Underpainting is the first layer of paint applied to a canvas which functions as the base for other layers. This foundation is a great way to begin a painting and build tonal and contrasting values. Sander will teach attendees how to make paintings more luminous by working with a very colorful underpainting. This is a colorists’ technique that will make the subsequent layering hues glow in an alla prima, or wet-on-wet, painting. This is a perfect demo for anyone who struggles with a blank white canvas.

Wednesday, April 24, 6-9 p.m.


Sunset “Paint-In” at the Winter Park Racquet Club

Winter Park Paint Out artists gather on the shore of Lake Maitland to capture a beautiful Florida sunset. A cash bar and light appetizers will be available. The public is welcome to attend this event. The Winter Park Racquet Club is located at 2111 Via Tuscany in Winter Park.

Thursday, April 25, 1-3 p.m.

Oil Painting Demo with Michelle Held featuring the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey 
“Feathered Friends of Spring” at Polasek Museum

Known for her stunning bird portraits, artist Michelle Held will show the audience how to paint a real-life bird with a live model provided by the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey. Attendees will see Held’s creative interpretation unfold and learn her secret to feathery brushstrokes and textures. A representative from the Birds of Prey Center will be onsite to answer questions and ensure the safety of the animals as well as give an informal presentation directly flowing the demo. Attendees will learn about their important environmental mission, which focuses on the rescue, medical treatment, rehabilitation, and release of Florida’s raptors while Held, the 2019 Winter Park Paint Out poster winner, captures these magnificent creatures on canvas.

Friday, April 26, 10 a.m.-Noon

Oil Painting Demonstration with Morgan Samuel Price 
“Figures in the Landscape” at the Polasek Museum

Nationally-acclaimed artist Morgan Samuel Price will demonstrate the difficult task of adding figures to a landscape painting. Utilizing the human form in plein air painting has many benefits – figures can suggest movement in the painting, add scale and perspective, add color or a focal point, and help tell a story. Price will demonstrate and explain how to use these attributes as she creates a painting with visual interest and her signature touches of dappled light.

Friday, April 26, 5-8 p.m.

Happy Hour and Mixed Media Painting Demonstration 
Thomas Thorspecken and the Kerouac Project of Orlando 
“Digital Poetic License” at the Polasek Museum

Two local historic studios, the Albin Polasek Museum and the Kerouac Project of Orlando, will join forces to present this night of live art. Local poets will showcase the work of the Winter Park Paint Out’s live poetry contest on and read their own work while artist Thomas Thorspecken, known locally as Thor from Analog Artist Digital World blog, demonstrates the art of the rapid sketch. Plein air requires the ability to adapt and capture the subject matter quickly while conveying the energy and emotion of the subject. True to Thor’s digital following, the artist’s sketch and progress will be projected onto a large screen so viewers can enjoy the developing picture while they contemplate the diverse poetry selections. Beer, wine, and appetizers will be available for happy hour beginning at 5 p.m. The demo will begin at 6 p.m.

Saturday, April 27, 6 to 9 p.m.

Garden Party at the Albin Polasek Museum

The week closes with the Winter Park Paint Out Garden Party on Saturday, April 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Polasek Museum. At this ticketed event, guests can meet the artists, purchase their work, and see the entire exhibition of more than 200 paintings while enjoying excellent food and drinks. Tickets are $100 in advance or $125 at the door. Each general admission ticket includes $50 off the purchase of a painting during the Garden Party. Visit to purchase tickets.

Sunday, April 28, 2 to 4 p.m. (Post-event)

Oil Painting Demonstration with Stacy Barter 
“Keep it Simple” at the Winter Park Health Foundation Crosby Wellness Center

Join us at the newly-opened Center for Health & Wellbeing, just minutes from the Polasek Museum, for its Community Open House celebration and the site of our last demo for Paint Out 2019. At the Center, visitors will witness the dramatic architecture of the wholeness-fitness-medicine facility along with its six-exterior sensory-themed gardens. Paint Out artist Stacy Barter strives to make simple evocative paintings, but the challenge is to also make them visually interesting. At this demo, Barter’s challenge will be to capture and focus on just a few aspects of the design and landscape and not be overwhelmed by the Center’s stunning modern architecture and surroundings. All visitors are welcome in the building’s main Commons, the entrance garden will be the location for this demonstration. This is a free public event with no membership required. Limited seating available and free parking. The Center for Health & Wellbeing is located at 2005 Mizell Ave, Winter Park. Please note, the Albin Polasek Museum will be CLOSEDon this date, Sunday, April 28, and the Paint Out event officially ends on Saturday, April 27, 2019.

For more information on the Winter Park Paint Out, visit or find the festival on Facebook, and Instagram. The Polasek Museum is proud to be a part of #wpinspires, arts and culture in the City of Winter Park.