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Plein Air Painting Lecture with Karen Weber
September 30, 2023 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The French term plein air means out of doors and refers to the practice of painting entire finished pictures outside.
Whether you are an experienced artist or a curious beginner, instructor Karen Weber will show you the basics of plein air painting from what kind of equipment you need, materials she uses, choosing a location, simplifying the scene, things to consider such as changing light, weather conditions, bugs, curious onlookers, and more.
She will paint a painting on location during the program and questions from the audience are encouraged.
Rain date is in Sunday, October 1st.
About the instructor:
Karen Weber has been painting for 15 years and works as both a studio artist and a plein air painter. She has won awards both for her whimsical paintings of animals and familiar subjects that bring a smile to your day, as well as for her plein air work. She prefers to work in the alla prima style, meaning all at once and wet into wet, and will explain more of this during her demo. A longtime member of Art Plus Gallery in West Reading, her work is also represented in several other galleries around the region. You can find more of what Karen does on her Instagram page @karenweber.fineart, or on her website, www.karenweberfineart.com.
This event is made possible by the
Cassandra O. and Dennis B. Lacey Performance Series.
Crow’s Nest is the gateway to the Hopewell Big Woods, a 73,000-acre expanse of forest that reaches north into Berks County. Just next door, you’ll find French Creek State Park and Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, making Crow’s Nest part of one of the largest areas of protected land in the region.
The pristine French Creek runs through Crow’s Nest, flowing from French Creek State Park’s Hopewell Lake on its way to the Schuylkill River. The preserve’s streamside forest helps protect the creek’s water quality.
Wildlife abounds at Crow’s Nest! You may spot Wood Ducks or see signs of beaver construction along French Creek; hear the songs of Wood Thrushes, Vireos, and warblers in the dense forests; or track the footprints of fox, raccoon, and deer. The preserve is part of the Hay Creek/French Creek Forest Block “Important Bird Area” (a National Audubon Society designation).
Crow’s Nest is a haven for other wild creatures: children! For decades, the preserve has hosted both after-school programs and a summer day camp to help combat the nature disconnect today’s kids face. The preserve includes a NaturePlayGround to encourage creative, unstructured play, and hosts a variety of outdoor education programs for all ages.
- Meet by the red Natural Lands kiosk next to the main parking lot.
- Rain date is Sunday, October 1st.
- Remember cameras to capture beautiful photos.
- Please leave your four-legged friends at home.
- Restrooms will be open during this event.
Help us all stay safe:
- If you are sick or feeling unwell, please stay home.
- Masking is optional.Participants may choose to mask at any time.
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