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Plein Air in the Garden at the Norton

July 1, 2021 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

This 2-hour workshop will begin with a brief tour of three pieces of art located within the museum. We will look at the work of Anselm Kiefer, Richard Diebenkorn and Georgia O’Keeffe. We will do some close observation, discuss historical content and participants will be invited to do some warm-up sketching. Participants will be encouraged to take photos with their cell phones. After participants have viewed the works, we will go outside to the garden and participants will be asked to create a piece of work inspired by or in the style of one of the artists they responded to. Participants can paint whatever they like or whatever they see in the garden. However, I will ask participants to use a specific prompts provided by me asking them to create a piece inspired by Kiefer’s rich textures or Diebernkorn’s transparent geometry, or O’Keeffe’s vast sky with a simple shapes. The content of the painting will be their choice but I will encourage them to be inspired by either the artwork or the garden itself.

$5/Norton Members; $10/Non-members


Make Art with the Armory! Get creative and learn something new in the Norton’s garden. Join visiting Armory Art Center instructors who will introduce you to different artistic media every week. Activities will take inspiration from the Norton’s Collection, special exhibitions, and garden.

Instructor’s bio  

Eileen Lyons is a fourth-generation painter who grew up on Long Island, NY and West Palm Beach, FL. As a teen, Lyons studied drawing at the Norton Museum of Art. She received a BFA in painting from St. Mary’s College of Notre Dame and an MA in Museum Studies from the American University in Washington, DC. Lyons continued her studies through master-level painting classes at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design in DC and earned her teaching certification from the University of Virginia. Lyons is now painting full time in her Jupiter, FL studio where she concentrates on the concept of place and patterns found in nature. Lyons remains on staff at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC as a Teaching Artist where she leads adult drawing programs. 


July 1, 2021
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
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Norton Museum of Art
1450 S Dixie Hwy
West Palm Beach, FL 33401 United States
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