Register for Outdoor Painting Workshop

Two women paint on easels outdoors.

Elena Shackleton, president of Lehigh Art Alliance, will lead a plein air painting workshop on Sunday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Ahart Family Arts Plaza, 219 N. 3rd Street in downtown Easton.

Registration is limited to 20 people and is due by Friday, Sept. 8, with an email to

The event is hosted by the Arts Community of Easton and Lafayette College’s Community-Based Teaching Program in conjunction with Vasari Classic Artists’ Oil Colors and the Karl Stirner Arts Trail.

Artists are invited to celebrate Easton’s parks by painting them early this fall. Those who wish to enter their works in an exhibition hosted by Vasari can drop off their works there (1235 Simon Blvd., Silk, P102, Easton, PA 18042) from Oct. 9-13 for a reception celebrating the works on Oct. 14 from 3-5 p.m.

Plein air painting is the depiction of landscapes while painting outdoors. The term en plein air in French means “in the open air.” The practice was popularized by French Impressionists in the mid-19th century.

Shackleton began her journey as an artist at an early age at the Barn Studio of Art, where she was selected as an apprentice to Pat Witt. In that role, she was exposed to the teaching methods of many notable artists and instructors from the region, the Philadelphia Museum School, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She also learned at Henry Hensche’s Cape School of Art. She has taught art privately and been an instructor at the Banana Factory and Baum School of Art. Shackleton is active in promoting the arts and mentoring artists of the Lehigh Valley.