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Plein Air Painting at Andalusia (OUTDOOR) PT 605AA


with Joseph Sweeney

Calendar Current session started Jun 3, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 4 weeks

Learn the essentials of landscape painting this summer with master plein air painter, Joseph Sweeney, on the grounds of Andalusia, Historic House, Gardens and Arboretum.  Located on a wooded promontory overlooking the Delaware River, Andalusia has been a stately presence on this stretch of water, just north of Philadelphia, for more than two hundred years. The ancestral home of the Biddle family, Andalusia is also a natural paradise of native woodlands and spectacular gardens that have evolved over time.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity, made by special arrangement!  Health-safety measures, including masking and physical-distancing, will be practiced.  Learn more about Andalusia.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the basics of working outdoors
  • Learn how to set up, use and care for a field easel
  • Learn how to transport wet paintings to and from home without damaging your car
  • Learn about the working properties of different surfaces to paint on including linen, canvas, paper, wood, prepared panel, masonite all have different working properties
  • Learn how to select paint colors and related materials for successful outdoor painting
  • Drawing and proportion in composition of a landscape will be explained and demonstrated
  • Students will become expert in finding locations suitable for painting. Finding flat surface to stand on is a simple but important part of learning to paint outdoors
  • Learn how to orient themselves to the sun and how to find shelter form wind and rain
  • Students will learn to assess the time of day and how much time is left before the sun continues its course across the sky; Students will learn to make quick field sketches and how to bring them to full completion, and develop a sense of place
  • Students will learn to mix color to portray the season, atmosphere and temperature
  • Students will learn to properly present, photograph and frame a plein air work.

Register by:  May 28

Materials List: Sweeney PT 605AA

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021

Plein Air in the Park (OUTDOOR) DR 605WP


with Keith Leitner

Calendar Current session started Jun 6, 2021 at 9 am, runs for 4 weeks

Capture the colors of spring en plein air through vibrant watercolor and pastel. Become comfortable and confident with the practice of working outdoors, using either or both mediums, at picturesque Lemon Hill and other select locations around the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Fairmount Park. Instruction will cover means of accurately and expressively depicting outdoor sites, pastel drawing and layering methods, watercolor painting techniques, mixed media applications, color mixing, and the history and capabilities of each medium. All levels welcome. Health-safety measures, including masking and social-distancing, will be practiced.  Learning Objectives:  Learn to observe and depict landscape and cityscape en plein air with attendant materials and set up; Learn color mixing and application of each medium; Study of pigment history and development; Learn about watercolor/pastel history via short discussions of painters and their motifs.  

Register by:  May 19 

Materials List: Leitner DR 605WP

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements


Thomas P. Anshutz (1851-1912) Landscape with Trees, n.d., Watercolor on paper, 6 5/8 x 10 in., collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, accession # 1971.8.58, Gift of Mrs. Edward R. Anshutz

Group Critique with James Toogood (ONLINE) IN 747JT


with James Toogood

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 25, 2021 at 9 am

Feeling isolated in your studio? Unsure of your next step? A group critique is an excellent means of both relieving artistic uncertainty and finding inspiration in the ideas and artwork of others in a supportive environment. Join noted artist and PAFA faculty James Toogood for supportive, non-judgmental feedback on your artwork while helping you to dispel feelings of self-criticism or discouragement. Learn to perceive doubt as a tantalizing entry for creative investigation rather than a destructive force.

NOTE: Each critique session will begin at 9 a.m.  Each student will receive a 30-minute critique minimum.

Session 2 register by:  June 11

Session 3 register by:  June 18

Image: James Toogood with students

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