Crisp Museum Announces Plein Air Painting Events, Artist Talk


The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus is hosting two events highlighting the art of plein air painting.

The events will include a painting workshop and artist talk with a painting demonstration. Plein air painting is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors.

The “Plein Air Painting Workshop” is a three-day event occurring May 23-25. Teaching artist Marty Coulter will discuss his color palette and painting techniques. With his guidance, participants will learn how to apply his techniques in their own painting practices while on location near Southeast’s River Campus in downtown Cape Girardeau. This class requires a minimum of six participants.

A pre-registration fee of $200 is due May 16 for adults only. All skill levels are welcome. Participants are required to provide their own supplies. This workshop will occur in any weather.

An artist talk and painting demonstration with Coulter will be held May 24 at 7 p.m. Coulter will discuss how to decide on composition layout, what to leave out and what to emphasize, as he plans and creates on canvas what he sees in a scene. Participants will enjoy watching him work through his process of decision-making with color intensity, temperature and value.

Admission for the artist’s talk is $20 for the public, payable at the event. Current Southeast faculty, staff and students can use a valid Redhawks ID for admission.

To register, contact or (573) 651-2260. For more information, visit

The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, located at 518 S. Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.