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Waterfront Watercolors


Spend a picturesque evening aboard the 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!


Meet the Artist


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 honorary Artist in Residence. Lanier earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Painting from Tyler School of Art at 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. You can view more of her paintings at

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