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Continuing Education at PAFA

Pochade Box Landscape Painting (In-Person/Outdoor)

with Roger Chavez


Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Pioneering landscape artists overcame many hurdles to facilitate the practice of painting in oils en plein air.  The invention of the pochade box, a compact box where artists can store their most used supplies and produce work on the inside of the lid, was a critical product that overcame some of these hurdles.  Learn how to simply build a pochade box in PAFA’s studios and then put both your new equipment and skills to the test outdoors in beautiful Laurel Hill Cemetery, on the banks of the Schuylkill River. Learn how to paint in oils efficiently outdoors, to capture the distinctive light, color, and forms of the landscape.  Come away from this short course with the equipment, skills, and experience to continue your plein air practice.  Note: Students are responsible for their own transportation to painting locations. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn a brief history of the pochade box 
  • Build a pochade box for personal use 
  • Learn to be portable and paint efficiently outdoors 

Please note:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and at least one additional booster upon registration. Registrations lacking vaccine documentation or approved medical exemption one week after submission are subject to withdrawal. Requests for medical or religious exemptions must be approved by PAFA’s head of security. Withdrawals for noncompliance will result in fees. See CE Policy Guide for complete COVID safety requirements and policies. 

Image:  Roger Chavez, Sketch of Baile an Chaisil #6.

Register by: April 21 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023 


  • Session 1: Apr 27 - May 18th, 2023
    Thu for 4 weeks from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Laurel Hill & Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building

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

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