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Taught by esteemed presenters, the Harvey Dunn Plain Air workshops are a draw for experienced and novice artists alike. See Workshop descriptions below. Schedule is subject to change, please contact us to ensure offerings. 

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Youth Workshop

Artist Leader:  Karen Kinder
Date/Time:  Saturday, 8/10 @ 1 PM
Location:  Ingalls' Homestead Porch

  • Our ever-popular Kids' Workshop is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on young artists! Ages 6-14 are welcome.

  • FREE. No registration fee. All materials will be provided. 

  • Pre-registration preferred.  

  • Ages 6-14 are welcome to join in.  Class size will be limited to 12 but depending on number of youth registering, there may be two classes offered. 


Quick Draw

This is a new event for us this year and we're so excited! 
Pre-registration encouraged. 
Date:         Friday, August 9
Time:         10 AM - noon.
                 Come early for final instructions and coffee!
Downtown De Smet "headquarters" at the library.
                The library will open early for us at 9:30


  • Gathering: Bring everything you'll need to our gathering spot on the grounds of the library. If not pre-registered, you can do this here. Get your canvas or sketch paper stamped. Plot your strategy with fellow artists over a cup of coffee. Check out the 5 original Dunn paintings within the library!  

  • Painting:  With the sound of the airhorn take off for your chosen site and start painting/sketching! This Quick Draw event ends with the noon whistle. Head back to the library with art work ready to display.  

  • Display:  Informal display and fun back at the library and then works to be transferred to a store front for public display through Saturday evening. 

  •  Artists: Be sure that your completed work is framed and ready to be hung on display by the noon deadline!

  • Award:  All works will be transferred by the HDS board to the Event Center for display.  A People's Choice award will be awarded in this Quick Draw category with cash prize. 


Period Model Painting - en Plein Air

Artist Moderators: Steve Randall, Charlene Fleming 
Date:                   Saturday, August 10
Time:                   10 AM-Noon
Location:              TBD

Hone your painting or sketching skills of live models.   We will host  individuals wearing pioneer and native clothing.  They will be "staged" in an appropriate outdoor setting. Models will be available over a 2 hour time frame with intermittent breaks. 

Setting (s) and sites will be determined and this site updated. 


Group Painting- en Plein Air

Date:       Thursday, 8/8. 6pm - ?
Time:       Car pool from parking lot of De Smet Event Center or meet us on site.  

Stone bathhouse area of Lake Osceola

Memory Gardens of De Smet Cemetery

Relax!  Join fellow artists of all levels. Learn from each other and enjoy the camaraderie that comes from sharing a common interest. 

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Workshop Presenters

Workshp Presenters

Presenters each have years of experience and expertise in the art of Plein Air. This year's presenters also have knowledge and history painting in the unique landscape offered at the Harvey Dunn Painting on the Prairie.  Be prepared to come eager and leave inspired after a session with any of these talented artists! 

Steve Randall

"Steve" is a South Dakota artist who thoroughly enjoys plein air style. He was an inspiration for this Harvey Dunn event and has served on the Board as artist advisor for many years. He is a regular workshop presenter for this event including an on line presentation for the 2020 Zoom version of the paint out. He notes that the broad variety of South Dakota lanscapes and weather conditions are more than enough challenge and inspiration for him to sketch, draw, and paint. His art is characterized by an impressionist style with broad brush strokes,high contrast, and brighter colors. His paintings are in private and public collections and have been inclded in shows at multiple large venues in Sioux Falls and other cities including the Pierre Cultural Heritage Center, Rapid City Dahl Fine Art Center, the Brookings Art Center, the South Dakota Art Museum, and the Indianapolis Art Museum. His photographs, sketches, and paintings from his military service as a soldier artist are included in the Army Art ollection at the Center for Military History.

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Charlene Fleming

A very talented artist and teacher, Charlene ...

Karen Kinder

Karen's resume also includes a career in the teaching field ...

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