Painting in the Wissahickon (five-session workshop)

On-site locations in Wissahickon Park will inspire you to paint in the open air. Bring your portable easel and follow our long-time teaching artist John Sevcik in some of the practices that lead to comfort and command of your medium, be it oil paint, acrylics, watercolor, or cray-pas. A useful class for students with painting experience who want to enjoy socially distanced community and our inspiring natural environment.

Your best preparation before taking our course is to walk in the park. If you already enjoy spending time there, you are more prepared to paint. This daunting natural wonder in our city shows both its antiquity and resilience after having been deforested and quarried in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and then restored by concerted human effort. It is the oldest geologic wonder in the country, and it maintains lines of flora that extend back several million years.

Some hiking will be required, so lighten your painting kits accordingly. Access will vary among Kitchens Lane, Bells Mill Road, and the Valley Green Inn parking lots. All of these access points require car transport. Consider Uber, if you don’t have a car.

This is an in-person, off site course that will take place in Wissahickon park. The instructor will communicate the meeting location with students via email before the start of each class.

Tuition Assistance is Available

To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply for spring term assistance is Friday, March 10; Notifications will be sent by Monday, March 13.

Required supplies:

  • Portable easel

  • Acrylic, oils, watercolor, cray-pas: select a medium of your choice

  • Hat

  • Sunscreen

  • Water bottle

  • Comfortable shoes you can go for short hikes in

  • Note: Bathroom access will be available