The term en plein air is a French expression meaning "in the open air," and it describes the act of painting outdoors. 

On October 2nd and 4th artists in all media are invited to come sketch, paint or photograph at Kuerner Farm, an historic Chadds Ford homestead where Andrew Wyeth created about one-third of his work -- over 1,000 paintings and drawings.  Among them were the secreted "Helga" art pieces.

DID YOU KNOW:  Andrew first met Helga Testorf in 1971 while she was nursing Karl Kuerner at the farm. A German immigrant, Helga lived across Ring Road from the farm with her husband. She secretly modeled for Wyeth in a famous series of paintings and drawings. The first nude painting in the series was painted in the sewing room in the farm house. The works, numbering more than 240, remained secret until 1987, when they were exhibited at the National Gallery of Art.  Left: The discovery was also the cover story for Time Magazine!

The farm is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 2011.  FYI: While you're in the area, stop in at the Brandywine Battlefield, another Historic Landmark less than half a mile from the Museum.

FUN FACTS:  The popularity of Plein Air Painting gave rise to the creation of tube paints (more portable than traditional custom paint mixing), as well as the invention of the "Box Easel," a portable easel with telescopic legs and built-in paint box and palette was invented.  This made lugging art supplies through the forests, up hills and over rocky terrain much easier!

Famous practitioners included: Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Pierre-Auguste Renoir and American Impressionists Guy Rose, Robert William Wood, Mary DeNeale Morgan, John Gamble, and Arthur Hill Gilbert.

Event participants meet at the Brandywine River Museum of Art...

Artists will meet in the parking lot at 9:15 a.m. before driving to Kuerner Farm.  REMINDER:  BYO art materials!
The cost per day is $20 for non-members --  $15 for members.

Spaces are limited so register online or by calling 610-388-8326.

Brandywine River Museum of Art