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Continuing Education at PAFA

Watercolor, Gouache & Tempera

Plein Air in the Park (OUTDOOR) DR 605WP
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Plein Air in the Park (OUTDOOR) DR 605WP


with Keith Leitner

Calendar Current session started Jul 11, 2021 at 9 am, runs for 5 weeks

Capture the colors of summer 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:  July 7

Materials List: Leitner DR 605WP 2

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

The Art of Watercolor with James Toogood (ONLINE) PT 604AW_ON


with James Toogood

Calendar Current session started Jul 12, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Join James Toogood  AWS/NWS/AAA, PAFA CE faculty, renowned watercolorist, and author of Incredible Light and Texture in Watercolor for a discussion of what is needed to paint truly great and successful watercolors.  Referencing his own award-winning watercolor landscapes, cityscapes and portraits, James will present a thorough explanation of watercolor materials and techniques via Zoom.  Topics will include the proper selection and preparation of your paper, brushes, color palettes as well as a thorough discussion of paint and pigment.  James will take you through the development of a painting, from drawing and composition to opening washes to a completed piece.  He will talk about how to develop a sense of light and atmosphere, and how to achieve a range of textural effects from glass, metal, stone, grass and water and more!

Note:  This course is lecture-only but is interactive with plenty of time for student questions.  There are no required materials for this class.

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Image: James Toogood, Mixed Emotions, watercolor on paper, 22 x 30 in.

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