Workshops for Adults

Join the Tucson Plein Air Painters Society (TPAPS) to learn some techniques for painting landscape scenes in the open air. The selected Pima County park locations offer diverse natural and historic features from pristine desert landscapes, to sweeping mountain views, lush riparian habitats, and historic ranches.

Experienced and novice artists are invited to "paint out" on their own or to participate in a 60-90 minute plein air painting demonstration led by one of the TPAPS Signature Artists. At the end of the session the artist participants gather informally to display and discuss the art pieces created that morning.

The paint out demonstrations are free and recommended for ages 12 and up. Anyone of any age is welcome to stop by and observe the artists as they paint out in the park. Plein air artists paint in the open air attempting to quickly capture the changing light, shadows, and colors of the landscape. It takes about 1½ – 2 hours to capture the essence of the scene in a plein air painting. Many artists then add finishing touches in the studio; others complete the painting while outdoors.

Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation works in partnership with the Tucson Plein Air Painters Society to host the Paint Out in the Parks series. The Tucson Plein Air Painters Society is an all volunteer, non-profit organization that promotes the arts for educational purposes in the community. For more information about plein air painting, visit the Tucson Plein Air Painters Society website at www.tpaps.com.

Paint Out in the Park
Join Tucson Plein Air Painters Society Signature Artist Russ Recchion on Mt. Lemmon to learn some techniques for painting landscape scenes in the open air. Ages 12 and up. Mt. Lemmon meeting location provided with reservation. Reservations required.
Oct 2014 – May 2015 Paint Out in the Parks Schedule

Programs for Teachers

Wetlands and Wildlife Curriculum Development Workshops
Participating teachers help to create educational resources that align with STEM, Common Core, and Next Generation Science Standards and extend student learning beyond the classroom.

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