Plein Air Painting - Learn the Essentials
Plein Air Painting - Learn the Essentials

For those of you who have ever wanted to paint plein air, but need a little more instruction in a relaxed and fun atmosphere, then this course for you.

We will cover oil painting, watercolor and drawing as we learn to analyze the landscape scene and quickly block it in to capture light and shadow while working towards a finished painting on site. At the end of this course you will possess the skills necessary to venture out on your own to paint plein air.

A solid understanding of drawing, value, design, and color is fundamental when it comes to analyzing the subject at hand and completing a solid painting. We will cover these principals in depth and discuss how they apply to form, shape and value commonly found in a natural environment. Participants should expect plenty of personal attention and daily demos. A basic understanding of art fundamentals and the media you wish to work with are essential.

This class will meet at various locations all within a 15 mi. radius of Perkins in Moorestown. If it rains, classes will meet in the DanceHouse Studio at Perkins Center in Moorestown. Look for weekly emailed updates from the instructor.

Please view Perkins Center COVID-19 Guidelines for onsite visitation. 


Supplies provided by student:

Bring whatever Materials you will need: (If you are working in only one medium, for example in oils, then you will bring materials you need related to that media.)

Oil Paints: mineral spirits, your canvas or paper canvas sheets, (you will need to tape these to a board), oil paints, brushes, mineral spirits, medium cups, Paper towels or rags etc.

Watercolor: container for water, brushes, watercolor paper, paper towels, pencils draw composition. I will bring a large container of water for all to use.

Drawing: #2 pencils are great and cheap, pencil sharpener, kneaded eraser, small drawing pad, charcoal if you wish, etc, 

Other Suggestions: Portable easel or drawing board is suggested, tape, stool, hat, something to drink, snacks, etc.

Feel free to contact me or the center at any time and I will get back to you in a timely manner.


PHILIP J. CARROLL is a professional artist He teaches oil and watercolor for Perkins Center for the Arts in Moorestown and Collingswood, NJ. He grew up in Haddonfield, NJ and lives with his family in Collingswood where he has been a long-term resident. Mr. Carroll is a 1984 graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA and studied Art History at The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

Philip Carroll is in many public and private collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA. 


Tuesday 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM ( May 10, 2022 - Jun 14, 2022 )
Instructor: Philip J Carroll
Members: $ 200.00; Non-Members $ 220.00
Location: Moorestown, Dance Studio

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