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Guideline on how to host a paint-out

    • 292 posts
    October 31, 2013 8:25 PM EDT

    Hosting a Paint Out is fun and not difficult. You don't have to be a long-standing member, or on the executive. You don't need a great organizer or even a great painter. It simply takes a few steps followed, as your role is to communicate and coordinate.

    1. At the basic level you choose a place, date and time  for your paint out. (It doesn't have to be speical. If you were going there to paint anyway, why not call a paint-out and get others to join you?)
    2. As a paint out, you create your entry in the OPAS Events area.
      Click on OPAS Events in the main menu
      Click on Add
    3. Give the paint out a descriptive title and fill out all the steps in the online form
      Enter a brief description for the OPAS website. Make it appealing.
      It's important for you to enter a clear meeting place and time so that other members know where and when to show up.
    4. Depending upon where you decide to hold the paint out, you need to think about a few things
      If you want to paint on private property, contact any owners or managers of the property to get permission.
      Does your location have parking?
      Where are the nearest restrooms and coffee shop (always important) and gas station?
      If it's a controlled access space (park, gardens, etc.) what are the hours of access?
    5. Hosting a paint out doesn't need a great deal of advanced notice (although a week or two is great). If there's a break in the weather, and you know a great place, set it up even if your planned day is only a couple of days away.
    6. If you want, you can suggest that everyone gather for lunch part way through the day. You can even suggest an end of the day critique or even plan a pot luck social for afterwards. However, most paint outs are very simple. Meet, paint and leave.

    As the organizer, you should show up a little early and turn on your cell phone. Make up a sign on some cardboard so it's easy for members to find you when they arrive. Or sick your easel on top of your car so others can see you. During the day, take some pictures of the others painting. And have fun!

    When the day is over, post some pictures from the event and write up a comment of two about the event and post them in a new discussion page reporting on the event. (Make a new post as the Event post goes away once the event is over.)

    • 3 posts
    February 28, 2014 4:46 PM EST

    Hello Keith,
    I am a newcomer to ON, live in Mississauga, do not know much about Ontario's scenery,
    and at the moment have to rely on public transport. I would have helped if I could, but right now
    have very little confidence in doing a good job of any of what you are asking. So sorry about that.
    I can do something from home if you can use me at all.
    Regards,
    Helen Le Roux

    • 292 posts
    March 2, 2014 1:49 AM EST

    Hi Helen,

    As you get to know more members, I'm sure you'll find those who live near you who are willing to give you a lift to paint-outs.

    Cheers,

    Keith

    • 292 posts
    March 24, 2014 10:23 AM EDT

    I look forward to you calling a paint-out at Rockwood Conservation Area.

  • July 19, 2014 7:58 PM EDT

    good guidelines

    Has anyone organized a trip to Tews Falls in Dundas Ontario? I haven't been there and would like to go. I hope to find out all the details pertaining to an event.

    • 292 posts
    July 27, 2014 9:50 PM EDT

    Hi Caterina,

    If you want a paint-out in Tews Falls, then choose a date and post one. It's up to individual members to post most of the paint-outs. As that would be in the South West Chapter, you can contact the Chair, Tracy Butland and she will help you post the paint out. The more members who remember to post paint-outs, the more activity we all have to choose from.

    I look forward to seeing your post.

    Cheers,

    Keith