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Plein Air Painting
This symposium is led by artist Duane Lutsko

Throughout history, the dramatic potential of changing light and those expressive possibilities have captivated artists such as Whistler, Van Gogh, Ryder, and Turner. In this course, suitable for all levels, students explore oil painting techniques for quickly rendering light and atmosphere in the plein air landscape. The inherent simplicity of this approach offers unique opportunities for success with quick studies, as well as with more extended compositions. After mastering the basics of depicting form through value, students will explore the nuances of color palettes and paint applications to render the emotive qualities of the landscape. Outside assignments will challenge the student to explore different light situations throughout the day. The class will travel to various local painting sites to work outdoors.

All VACNJ Teacher’s symposium events offer unique professional development opportunities for art educators to come together and learn new creative skills to bring back to their classroom. The programs include:

  • Presentation by the leading contemporary artist
  • Hands-on artmaking workshop with the artist
  • Gallery exercises exploring ways to view and interpret contemporary art
  • Six professional development hours upon completion of the symposium
  • Lesson plans as a take home

Registration fees are $75 and include a light breakfast and all materials.

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PLEASE NOTE: If your school needs to be invoiced in order to pay for this program, please contact us to register. Call 908.273.9121 ext. 213 or at raponte@artcenternj.org, and speak with Director of Education & Community Engagement Rachel Aponte.


May 2
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
68 Elm Street
Summit, NJ 07901 United States
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