plein air for kids

I was at the Kidspace Museum today giving a one hour talk and paint-along to a group of 2nd and 3rd graders about 'plein air' and observational painting, basically about getting excited about painting the world before us all. They all were with a day camp, and got their own colors and brushes and canvas to work on themselves. I kept it fun but still talked seriously about what I was doing, but in a simple way. When the painting got to the point where they could make sense of the landscape around us and I could start putting them in the picture, they got really thrilled and all ran over to 'get in' the painting! oil on canvas, 30 by 24

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