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Continuing Education at PAFA

Plein Air Painting in Gouache (Outdoor)

with Michelle Oosterbaan


Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Gouache (opaque watercolor paint) is the perfect medium for landscape painting in the open air! Painters of all levels will fall in love with it as a portable, fast-drying, and easy-to-clean-up alternative to oils. Explore gouache’s subtle but vibrant color and versatile application methods as you portray the beauty of Philadelphia’s parks in your own personal style. Learn techniques for choosing a composition, mixing color, and working efficiently outdoors as you complete a series of rapid sketches and at least one sustained painting. Open to all levels. Painting locations featuring shade, restrooms, and other amenities may include Wissahickon Park in Mt. Airy, Washington Square Park near Independence Hall, and Bartram's Garden in Southwest Philadelphia. Note: Students are responsible for their own transportation to painting locations. 

Image: Michelle Oosterbaan. 

Register by: June 2

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CE Policy Guide Summer 2023

  • Session 1: Jun 3 - Jul 1st, 2023
    Sat for 5 weeks from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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For directions, call us at (215) 972-7632

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