Painting Nature in the Urban Environment (six-session workshop)

Explore Philadelphia’s wonderful varieties of natural and urban settings as you take the plunge into the exciting practice of painting outdoors. Explore different sketching and painting techniques for creating field studies in the cool shade of Fleisher’s Weiss Children’s Garden. The class will encourage you to slow down, take notice, experiment with materials, and learn to evoke mood and atmosphere in your plein air paintings of nearby Cianfrani Park, Italian Market, and Rittenhouse Square Park.

What you will learn in this workshop:

  • Develop a personal style for environmental drawing and painting

  • Combine drawing and water-based mediums

  • Quick understanding of one and two point perspective

  • Mixing color

  • Assessing and depicting weather and light conditions

  • Taking risks and experiment

Required supplies for this workshop:

  • Pencils 2B and 2H

  • Kneaded eraser

  • Paper towels or rags

  • Mixing dish/dishes or palette

  • Two or more water containers

  • Sketchbook or sketch paper

  • Any watercolors you would like to work with (Amy’s recommended brands include: Windsor and Newton, Holbein, l’Aquarelle, da Vinci) in tubes or pan; including a blue, a red and a yellow.

  • Watercolor brushes: round tip – a #4 and a #10 and 1-inch flat brush

  • Watercolor paper: block or individual sheets –140lb cold pressed

  • Water soluble colored pencils and crayons

  • Sunscreen

  • Hat

  • Small folding chair

  • Small travel paint box

  • Natural sponge (optional)

  • Liquid masking fluid (optional)

  • Plastic spray bottle (optional)

  • Painters Tape (optional)