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Plein Air in the Park (Lemon Hill - Outdoor)


with Keith Leitner

Calendar Current session started Sep 18, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Sundays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Capture the colors of fall 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.   

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. 

Registration open through course start date.

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The Pennsylvania Landscape Tradition (New Hope, PA - Outdoor)


with Joseph Sweeney

Calendar Current session started Sep 20, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Learn the essentials of landscape painting in the New Hope/Lambertville countryside, the area made famous by Daniel Garber, Edward Redfield, Fern Coppedge, and other masters of Pennsylvania Impressionism. Locations will include Daniel Garber’s historic farmstead, Cuttalossa Farm! Veteran plein air artist Joe Sweeney will guide newcomers and artists of all levels through both the artistic concerns and practical matters of open air painting. Topics include color mixing to achieve a sense of light and air, capturing time of day, compositional fundamentals, and sound drawing and painting practices. Instruction is geared toward oil/acrylic painting and pastel drawing/painting.

Learning Objectives: 

Students will -- 

  • 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 one’s car. 
  • Identify the working properties of different surfaces to paint on including linen, canvas, paper, wood, prepared panel, and masonite. 
  • Learn how to select paint colors and related materials for successful outdoor painting. 
  • Gain skills in drawing and proportion in the composition of a landscape. 
  • Become expert in finding locations suitable for painting, including how to orient oneself to the sun and how to find shelter from wind and rain. 
  • Learn to assess the time of day and how much time is left before the sun continues its course across the sky. 
  • Make quick field sketches and bring them to full completion, to develop a sense of place. 
  • Learn to mix color to portray the season, atmosphere, and temperature.

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $575. Select credit option when registering. 

Image: Joseph Sweeney, Farm on New Road, pastel (cropped).

Registration open through course start date. Wait list registration available after course is full. 

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CE Policy Guide Fall 2022

Autumn in Acrylic Workshop (Outdoor)
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Autumn in Acrylic Workshop (Outdoor)


with Michelle Oosterbaan

Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Acrylic paint is the perfect medium for landscape painting in the open air! Explore acrylic’s vibrant color and versatile application and layering methods as you portray the beauty of autumn in Philadelphia’s Bartram Gardens. Learn techniques for choosing a composition, mixing color, and working efficiently outdoors as you complete works that capture the immediacy of the season’s color and light. Fast-drying and easy to clean-up, acrylics will allow you to easily transport your finished work home after each day’s painting. Open to all levels. Shade, restrooms, and other amenities available on site. Note: Students are responsible for their own transportation to painting locations.  

Image:  Helen Lloyd Horter, Autumn in Rockport, ca. 1934, Oil on canvas, 20 1/16 x 22 1/8 in. (51.0 x 56.2 cm.), Accession #1935.7, John Lambert Fund.

Rain dates: October 8 & 9

Register by: September 23

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Line Drawing: The Landscape (Online)


with Michelle Oosterbaan

Calendar Next available session starts Nov 5, 2022 at 10:30 am, runs for 6 weeks

Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Line is the fundamental element in drawing, capable of a wide range of aesthetic possibilities, from describing shape to creating space and atmospheric effects.  Capture the landscape though descriptive and expressive drawn line in this live Zoom class.  Make quick studies from your own photographs and window views, and develop them into finished pieces through impressionistic, calligraphic, cross-hatched, and linear mark-making.  Learn to achieve a variety of effects by using different papers and drawing implements, including pencil, pen, ink and brush, and color pencil.  Find inspiration in references to contemporary and historical artists such as Mondrian, Van Gogh, and Andrew Wyeth. 

Image: James David Smillie, The Lightening Bolt, 1870, Charcoal and chalk on paper, 21 1/2 x 18 1/4 in. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Temple Purchase Fund, 1981.18 

Register by: October 28 

No classes during Thanksgiving Break, November 24 – 27.

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