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Continuing Education at PAFA

Landscape Courses (In-Person)

The Pennsylvania Landscape Tradition (IN-PERSON) PT 605EB


with Joseph Sweeney

Calendar Current session started Sep 30, 2020 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Paint outdoors this autumn!  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. Topics include color mixing to achieve a sense of light and air, capturing time of day, compositional fundamentals, and sound painting practices. The beautiful grounds of the David Library of the American Revolution will be our home base and main location.  Painting outdoors can be a daunting experience for the newcomer. When learning the intricacies of this art it pays to learn from someone who has 20 years experience in the field. In this class Joseph Sweeney will be your guide.

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:  September 25

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