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Continuing Education at PAFA

Plein Air Pastel and Watercolor (OUTDOOR) DR 605WP

with Keith Leitner


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:  April 16

Materials List: Leitner DR 605WP Spring

CE Policy Guide Spring 2021


William Trost Richards (1833-1905), Near Beverly, Massachusetts, 1877, watercolor on paper, 3 5/8 x 4 15/16 in., Collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, accession # 2008.5.20, Gift of Dorrance H. Hamilton in memory of Samuel M. V. Hamilton

  • Session 1: Apr 18 - May 23rd, 2021
    Sun for 6 weeks from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Will run


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