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Watercolor Workshops on the Waterfront

Updated: Jan 28, 2023

September 1st, 29th, and October 13th.

$85 per session includes art supplies and snacks.

The Gazela is moored in Philadelphia at Penn's Landing near the Independence Seaport Museum.

Spend a picturesque evening aboard the wooden tall ship, Gazela, painting a scene of the Delaware River, under the direction of artist-in-residence Brooke Lanier. We will focus on color mixing, brushwork, and strategies for planning a successful plein air painting,. This three-hour workshop is appropriate for painters of all levels of experience. With such a wealth of interesting things to look at, participants are invited to select a scene with a level of complexity appropriate for their skill level. Come for one night or sign up for multiple classes! A portion of proceeds benefit the ship.

Workshops will be held every other Thursday evening from 5:30-8:30: September 1st, 29th, and October 13th. As the days get shorter, we will shift our focus from the landscape towards still life paintings of the ropes, chains, and structures of the ship itself. Maximum class size is 10 students, so sign up today!

Brooke Lanier is a Philadelphia-based painter most known for her depictions of water and abstracted interpretations of boats. She began volunteering aboard Gazela after a year of making paintings of the ship from the vantage point of Penn’s Landing and is now the ship’s Artist in Residence.

Lanier earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Painting from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, where she spent her first year studying in Rome, Italy. She also holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited her work in Prague, Rome, New York, and across the U.S., including group shows at The Smithsonian Institute and the Kennedy Center, in Washington, DC, and a solo show at Stockton University’s Noyes Museum. Her work is in numerous private and corporate collections. From 2017-2021 she taught watercolor at Tyler School of Art. She is the owner of Brooke Lanier Fine Art at 820 S. 4th Street in Philadelphia, where she teaches private drawing and painting lessons out of her studio. She also exhibits and sells her work there, and is going to donate 10% of sales of paintings of Gazela towards the restoration of the ship. You can learn more about the Gazela through the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild's website.

Would you like to tour the Gazela?

Come to Open Ship events throughout the summer and early fall. These are free events, though donations are appreciated.

July 30 - 10:00 - 2:00 August 7, 13, 14, 27 - 10:00 - 2:00 September 10, 24 - 10:00 - 2:00 October 8, 22 - 10:00 - 2:00

On Sundays, August 7th and 14th, Brooke Lanier will be aboard painting during Open Ship. At 2:15 on Saturday, August 13th, a group will be departing the ship and walking to Brooke's studio at 820 S. 4th Street, Philadelphia, where she will give a tour of her studio full of paintings inspired by the Gazela. Her studio is open to the public 11-5 Fridays and Saturdays and other days by appointment or chance.

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