Plein Air Watercolor exhibit in the Library

Students gather to hang their watercolors on a gallery wall in the UNCSA LibraryWatercolor studies by students in the Plein Air Watercolor course, taught by Design & Production Professor John Coyne, are on display in the 2nd floor Library Gallery. Plein Air is derived from the French phrase “en plein air” meaning outdoors. It describes a type of painting done outdoors, in the open. The course consists of studio time focusing on watercolor technique balanced by outdoor plein air sessions in various locations around Winston-Salem.

The course emphasizes the development of each student’s unique style through watercolor washes, layers, brushwork technique, and color mixing. Students observe the definition of form through light, atmosphere, and proportion in both landscapes and built environments. Locations for painting include Reynolda House and Gardens, Graylyn Estate, The Children’s Home Farm, Bailey Power Plant, Historic Bethabara Park, Hanging Rock State Park, and Old Salem.

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Contact: Kait Dorsky

Nov. 30, 2022

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