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The Scout Plein Air Box

Rated 4.9 stars
61 Reviews

$600.00 - $666.00

The Scout Plein Air Box was inspired by our endeavor to make art every day.

This pochade box compactly secures all of your essential art supplies for painting outdoors. Fill your box with your favorite colors, paintbrushes, and sketchbook. Find your spot and quickly transform the box into a mini studio. Set it on a flat surface or mount it on a tripod, snap the liquid jars, brush holder, and easel in place, clip on your canvas and you are ready to paint!

When stepping outside, perspective changes and we discover unknown parts of ourselves. By making plein air painting a ritual, we are able to better consider our world and our relationship with it. We begin to observe more closely, to better see color, and to hone memory whilst striving to capture fleeting moments.

Sling your Scout Plein Air Box over your shoulder and set out on a painting adventure—you might just find something!

“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something… You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”

–from The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Watch Walter’s video walkthrough of the features of the Scout.

Read our blog post about developing the Scout.

- FSC-Certified Walnut or Maple from south-eastern USA
- Vegetable-tanned leather
- Brass rivets and button studs
- Steel snaps and buckle
- 1 exterior pocket and 1 interior pocket
- 4 slots for drying canvases (4″ × 6″)
- Threaded tripod mount (standard 1/4 in camera socket. We use a Peak Design tripod)

Parts Included with All Options
- 1 adjustable and removable shoulder strap
- 2 magnetic drawers
- 1 wooden easel
- 2 snap-on jars (1 oz. / 30 ml)
- 1 snap-on brush holder (holds 8 brushes)
- 2 binder clips for holding the canvas

Additional Parts Included with the Oil / Acrylic Option
- 1 laminated glass palette with white bottom
- 4 Ampersand Gessobord canvas boards (4″ × 6″)
- 8 empty paint tubes (22 ml)

Additional Parts Included with the Watercolor Option
- 1 wooden watercolor palette with 12 paint wells and 1 mixing well sealed with EcoPoxy
- 4 Ampersand Aquabord canvas boards (4″ × 6″)

About the Canvas Boards – Ampersand’s Description

Gessobord: Museum Series Gessobord is the most trusted pre-gessoed wood panel by artists for their work. The superior quality acrylic gesso ground does not dull colors and the lightly sanded surface provides exceptional brush control. This makes Gessobord the perfect art panel for all painting styles with oil paints, acrylics and mixed media.

Aquabord: Museum Series Aquabord is an acid-free textured clay surface that absorbs watercolors like a fine paper. Colors retain their purity and vibrancy in a way that even the finest of watercolor papers can’t match.

Only Ampersand uses true high-density hardboard made from US grown and renewable Aspen wood fibers. Made with Ampersand’s 1/8" True Artist Hardbord, the surface is acid-free and non-yellowing. Read more about the hardboard we use and why we’ve found it to be a better substrate.

Read more about Gessobord and Aquabord on the Ampersand website.

Purchase more Gessobord and Aquabord canvases here.

Replacement Parts Available

- Jars

Removable bioplastic paint pans that fit our the watercolor palette are available from Poems About You.



Approximately 5 lbs. 8 oz.


Box Only
Inches: 8.5″ tall by 6.625″ wide by 4.75″ deep
Metric: 21.6 cm tall by 16.8 cm wide by 12.1 cm deep

Box with Leather Cover
Inches: 8.75″ tall by 6.625″ wide by 5.25″ deep
Metric: 22.2 cm tall by 16.8 cm wide by 13.3 cm deep

Drawer Inside
Inches: 4.875″ long by 3.5″ wide by 1.625″ deep; 0.25″ rounded corners
Metric: 12.4 cm long by 8.9 cm by 4.1 cm deep; 0.6 cm rounded corners

Outside Pouch
Inches: 6.5″ tall by 5.5″ wide
Metric: 16.5 cm tall by 14 cm wide

Inside Pouch
Inches: 7.5″ tall by 5″ wide
Metric: 19.1 cm tall by 12.7 cm wide

Shoulder Strap
Inches: Adjustable from 34.5″ to 46.5″ long; approximately 16″ to 22″ shoulder drop
Metric: Adjustable from 87.6 cm to 118.1 cm long; approximately 40.6 cm to 55.9 cm shoulder drop

Ampersand Canvases
Inches: 6″ wide by 4″ tall by 0.25″ thick
Metric: 15.2 cm wide by 10.2 cm by 0.6 cm thick

Glass Palette
Inches: 6″ wide by 4″ tall by 0.25″ thick
Metric: 15.2 cm wide by 10.2 cm tall by 0.6 cm thick

Wooden Watercolor Palette
Inches: 6″ wide by 4″ tall by 0.5″ thick
Metric: 15.2 cm wide by 10.2 cm tall by 1.3 cm thick
Paint Wells (×12)
Inches: 0.875″ long by 0.5″ wide by 0.25″ deep
Metric: 2.2 cm long by 1.3 cm wide by 0.6 cm deep
Mixing Well
Inches: 3.438″ long by 2″ wide by 0.25″ deep
Metric: 8.7 cm long by 5.1 cm wide by 0.6 cm deep

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  • PF
    Paul F.
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    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 stars
    5 months ago
    A wonderful birthday gift. Easy

    A wonderful birthday gift. Easy to set up and use. I have the watercolor version and it has more than enough room for my paints, brushes and pencils/ ink.

  • BW
    Ben W.
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    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 stars
    8 months ago
    a lovely, versatile painting studio

    This is such a wonderful, well-crafted, inspiring little painting studio. I opted for both palette styles, so I’m using it for watercolors and oils. I love being able to quickly swap out and rearrange the components, and the attachable jars and brush holder are very convenient. The quality and attention to detail are top notch. I love it and am so glad I decided to pick it up.

  • JA
    Janah A.
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    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 stars
    10 months ago
    Paint more!

    This is a beautiful piece of studio equipment. It makes me WANT to use it. It looks gorgeous, and holds everything you need neatly so you aren’t juggling when you just want to paint.

  • MJ
    Maribeth J.
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    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 stars
    1 year ago
    I love this little mini-studio!

    I love this little mini-studio! It's actually pretty lightweight and holds what I need while I'm plein air painting!

  • NZ
    Nancy Z.
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    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 stars
    1 year ago
    Painting near a slave Cemetery

    Dear Peg and Awl,

    My sweet wife bought the maple field box for my birthday and I received it two weeks ago. This past Saturday I painted near a stream in the Shenandoah valley. The workmanship of the box and functionality is well thought out. I had such a joyous time. I use a viewfinder and grid my watercolor paper. It worked very well!

    Tony Z

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