Reference Pictures

Visitor Ctr. Tavern
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C & O Canal

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Canal and towpath

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C & O canal and towpath

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Mules and costumed guides

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Potomac rapids

Christine Lashley - Fine Artist

Watercolor Plein-air Art Class

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Watercolor Paintings Created On-location at the Visitor's Center in Great Falls, MD

This spring painting class shown here was offered through the Yellow Barn in Glen Echo, MD. Plein-air classes are offered in the spring and fall. 

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Notes About Our Painting Day:

On May 3, 2008 my watercolor class met at the C & O Canal Visitor's Center. I created a demonstration, and we watched the canal barge load up a tour group of children and enter the historic lock. A team of mules pulled the barge upstream and then back to the dock.

It was a beautiful, warm, sunny morning, with welcome dappled shade from the large trees on the path. Everywhere we looked was a picture waiting to be painted! My students created some great art.

The focus of the lesson was the white building and reflections. My prior lessons in this class had covered basic watercolor techniques, water reflections, and a variety of greens. Seeing a demonstration is also very helpfull for students, and can break down a more complex image into understandable steps.

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Students on location

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"C & O Canal," watercolor, 9 x 12"
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My Watercolor Demonstration

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Photo taken after the demo

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Samples of student art