203-Plein Air at Whittemore-OUTDOOR

En plein air is a French expression meaning “in the open air” and refers to the act of painting outdoors with the artist's subject in full view. This class will meet at beautiful Whittemore - Community, Culture & Conservation in Oldwick, NJ. Three different instructors—Ilse Murdock, Wes Sherman, and Terri Fraser—will lead 2 classes each and on the final day, all 3 instructors will be present to talk about the paintings created during the term.
Each of these instructors has their own unique way of thinking about contemporary en plein air painting. With each instructor, you will learn how to paint outdoors, learn ways of looking at the nature around you, and consider what it might mean to be a contemporary landscape painter.

Please Note: These classes will be held exclusively at the Whittemore Community, Culture and Conservation located at 7, Rockaway Rd, Lebanon, NJ 08833. In the event of rain there will be an indoor space provided. 

Special Notes

Note on Health & Safety Policy:

COVID-19 vaccinations are suggested but not required.
Mask wearing is suggested but not required. 

All students must comply with the Health and Safety Policies and Procedures found on The Center's website. There will be no refunds for students removed from class for failure to observe The Center’s Health and Safety Policies and Procedures.

In the event of a closure due to the COVID-19 virus, this class will move online using ZOOM. There will be no refunds or credits for classes that were scheduled to take place on-site but were moved to an online format for health and safety purposes.


About the Instructor

Ilse Murdock

Ilse Sørensen Murdock approaches plein air painting with a raw and immediate edge, highlighting nature and illuminating the material world. She studied perceptual painting at the New York Studio School and went on to take courses in philosophy and religious studies at New York University. She then earned a BFA from Parsons School of Design, 2000, and MFA from Rutgers University at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, 2009. Murdock has been a resident of the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Edward F. Albee Foundation, Vermont Studio Center and has been a returning resident to the DNA Provincetown Residency. Her work has been exhibited extensively in the United States, including with Tibor de Nagy Gallery, NY. In 2019 Murdock received the Cultural Award Grant from the American Scandinavian Society, concluding in an exhibition at the Trygve Lie Gallery, New York, 2020. She was also included in a survey of painting: Here and Now at The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, New Jersey, 2020, and most recently exhibited in a two person show at Platform Project Space, Dumbo, NY. Murdock produces work out of her studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. 

Terri Fraser

Terri Fraser is a mid-career artist, who attained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan University. She is a multi-disciplinary artist, who oscillates between oil painting and sculpture.Terri has been able to commit to her art full time for 8 years. In that time, she has achieved several best in shows and has had her work featured in over 50 shows: solo, group, as well as juried. In addition to the handful of juried show awards Terri has attained, she has also been featured in the New York Times. Born in Maryland, she grew up in the countryside of New Jersey. While she has had opportunities to live abroad, in cities and in suburbs, Terri is at her happiest in the country. She lives among the tall trees at her home and studio in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.

Wes Sherman

Artist Wes Sherman has been painting since 1992 and has been included in hundreds of exhibitions across the county and Europe.. He received his MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 2003. Sherman has been a visiting artist at many universities and the recipient of a fellowship for painting from New Jersey Council of the Arts. For the past 15 years Sherman has focused on landscape painting, in particular en plein air painting.He is the chair of exhibitions at The Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster, New Jersey.  


Class Details

April 10 - May 22, 10:30 am - 01:00 pm

Days: Monday

Tuition: $237

Member Tuition: N/A

Location: Whittemore

Semester: Spring 2023

Level: Adult-Intermediate

Instructor: Ilse Murdock | Terri Fraser | Wes Sherman