We’ll learn wet-on-wet oil speed-painting techniques during an intimate, experimental art workshop outside at the Community Boathouse. Employing equal measures of performance art and actual painting instruction, our teaching artists will ask you to dip your paintbrushes into the future. We’ll explore the warmer, wetter landscape of the tidal Schuylkill in a post-polar ice cap world along with Rob Boss, our ever-positive instructor. Remember — it’s okay if you make a mistake! You can always just cover it up with a little extra water. No previous painting experience required.
Our Artists’ Workshop series is rooted in the rich history of Bartram’s Garden, the oldest botanical garden in America. Following in the tradition of pioneering American explorer and botanical illustrator William Bartram, teaching artists Heather Rinehart and Alina Josan approach fine art through their love of nature and history. Heather Rinehart has a professional background in illustration and design and a deep interest in nature and storytelling. Alina Josan studied painting at the Tyler School of Art. Her work has been commissioned by several notable historic institutions in Philadelphia. As highly knowledgeable Bartram’s Garden enthusiasts, these artists are in a unique position to offer their students instruction in multi-disciplinary place-based art.