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Children can Create Masterpieces En Plein Air at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Painting workshops held Oct. 16 as part of Camp Fire USA Paint Out

On Saturday, Oct. 16, local artists will lead a series of children’s plein air workshops at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. The workshops will give children the experience of creating artwork ‘in the open air,’ as was the style of mid-19th century French impressionists Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

Children ages 5 to 18 are encouraged to attend and discover their inner artist. All skill levels are welcome. The workshops cost $10 per class, per child, and pre-registration is requested. All supplies are provided; children only need to bring their imagination. For more information or to register, call 817-831-2111, ext. 167, or visit www.CampFirePaintOut.org.
Available children’s workshops are as follows:

  • Pumpkins in the Garden (ages 5 – 9): Create a still life drawing in “plein air” style. Learn basic drawing skills and techniques for using oil pastels to create an autumn still life.
    Class times: 10 – 10:45 a.m., 1 – 1:45 p.m.
  • Monet’s Garden (ages 5 – 9): Learn the basic skills of sketching in a drawing, mixing colors and painting with watercolors. Students will receive a copy of a sketch and then paint it with demonstrated techniques.
    Class times: 9 – 9:45 a.m., 11 – 11:45 a.m., 2 – 2:45 p.m., 3 – 3:45 p.m.
  • Van Gogh’s Garden I (ages 10 – 18): Create a painting in “plein air” style. Learn basic drawing skills and techniques for using watercolors. Participants will paint using techniques learned from a brief demonstration.
    Class times: 10 – 10:45 a.m., 1 – 1:45 p.m., 3 – 3:45 p.m.
  • Van Gogh’s Garden II (ages 10 – 18): Participants will create a drawing in “plein air” style. Learn basic drawing skills and techniques for using soft pastels. Participants will paint with the skills learned from a brief demonstration.
    Class times: 9 – 9:45 a.m., 11 – 11: 45 a.m., 2 – 2:45 p.m.

The children’s workshops are a part of the third annual Camp Fire USA Paint Out, an invitational outdoor painting event taking place Oct. 14 – 17 at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. During the four-day event, more than 35 professional artists will create original works of art throughout the 109-acre garden. The Paint Out is free and open to the public. Proceeds from the sale of artwork benefit the children and youth programs of Camp Fire USA First Texas Council.

Camp Fire, one of Fort Worth’s oldest child and youth development agencies, serves more than 14,000 youth, adults and child care providers annually in Tarrant, Denton, Parker, Johnson, Hood and Wise counties.  Council programs include child care, after school and summer programs, camping, outdoor education, training for child care professionals, service learning and truancy prevention.

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