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Painting in the Park

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An Art and Painting Class in Central Park and at Union Square Park

Painting in the Park with David Pena, Artist Instructor

Pleine Aire - Portraits - Cityscapes

David Beynon Pena
Photo of David Pena at work in Central Park


Plein Aire Palette

Tree with Rock
© David Pena's Palette

Andrew Wyeth:

Although he was not often thought of as a plein air painter, Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) usually began his creative process by making drawings, watercolors, and dry-brush paintings on location. "I started out painting at an easel but soon gave that up," he wrote. "It was too formal, too pat. I like to be in the scene I'm painting -- sitting on a snow... "

Outdoor Landscape Painting

in Central Park where Artists Meet . . . Ongoing

Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays

Winter - Indoor Classes

Painting in the Park

The Central Park environs has appeared in so many movies and television shows that it has become one of the most famous city parks in the world. The Central Park Conservancy, manages the Park along with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.


Painting Outdoors in Central Park --

at Bethesda Fountain or at The Boat House or at The Conservatory Garden or at The Secret Garden and Downtown in Union Square Park in Greenwich Village or Soho

PHONE: 212-529-5389

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Landscape Classes:

Ongoing: Mon, Fri, Sat & Sun

* Additional Time Slots Available Upon Request

* Classes also Available in Union Square Park

* Classes also Available in Studio on Bad Hair Days

Private Instruction with David Pena:

is available upon Inquiry


2 1/2 Hours: $120

3 Hours: $160

Class Time:

Mornings: 9am-12 Noon

Afternoons: 1 - 4:00pm

Meeting Place:

Students agree to meet at a special place in the Park, prior to the class. Please phone to confirm with David Beynon Pena, at 646-595-5979, before attending your first class.

Directions to Bethesda Fountain:

Enter the Park from East or West 72nd Street and walk directly into the middle of Central Park to the Boat House/Lake and Bethesda Fountain. The Secret Garden is located in the Conservatory Garden on Fifth Avenue at 105th Street through the Gates to the left.

During the First Class, the instructor will inform the students on materials needed. Classes limited to 5 students per class.

Also, There is an advanced Master Class given for advanced artists since they often wish to paint together as a group.

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Central Park Locations:

Bethesda Fountain, Boat House and Lake, Children's Pond with Sailboats, Alice in Wonderland Sculpture, Children's Zoo, and the Engineers Gate located on 5th Avenue at East 90th Street, Secret Garden at 105th Street.

Union Square Park Locations: The Arch at Union Square, Green Market, Trees and Foliage, Historic Sculptures.

Mediums Explored:

graphite, watercolor, oil, or acrylic. Bring drawing or painting materials. If you have any questions, regarding art supplies, please call 212-529-5389. Or click on EMail for Inquiry -- regarding pricing and availability.


Subway to Central Park : Take No. 6 to East 77th Street (at Lexington Avenue). Walk south to East 72nd Street. Turn right and walk west to Fifth Avenue to the entrance of the Park.

Subway to Union Square Park: Take No. 4, 5, 6 or N, R or L Trains to Union Square.

Bus to Central Park: Downtown on Fifth Avenue and Uptown on Madison Avenue (one block from Central Park).

Bus to Union Square Park: Downtown Bus M5 or M7. Uptown. Crosstown Bus M14 on 14th Street.

Registration Fee: $45

Mail to New York Art World
P.O. Box 1355
New York NY 10276.

The Group Class for Over 4 Students has been Suspended Until Further Notice.

per each 3 hour morning class

per each 3 hour afternoon class

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David Pena is a native of New York city. He studied at the Art Students League, and has awide background with an astounding network of collectors. His studio is in the Union Square Park area. He is an accomplished portrait artist. Please call and make an appointment for an estimate.

Phone to Join the Painting Class in the Park: 212-529-5389

See More Art Works by David Pena

Park Scene
© David Pena 2007
Pidgeon in Union Square

A Brief History of Central Park

Central Park is the first major public park built in America.

The northern end of Central Park was the site of a series of fortifications during the American Revolution and the War of 1812.

Tavern on the Green was originally a sheepfold housing a shepherd and the flock that grazed Sheep Meadow until 1934.

Belvedere Castle was completed in 1872 as a viewing pavillion overlooking the lower Croton Reservoir. In 1937, the reservoir was filled in to become the Great Lawn.

The second Carousel, erected in 1873, was turned by "horse power". Twice destroyed by fire, it was replaced by a 1908 carved folk art work from Coney Island.

Central Park was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965 and a New York City Landmark in 1974.

Central Park Trivia

The Park's 843 acres of land include:

land, water and woodlands.

There are 26,000 trees, 270 species of migratory birds, and more than 25 million human visitors to the Park each year.

The rock outcrops in the Park, a metamorphic rock called Manhattan schist, are approximately 450 million years old.

There are 8,968 benches, 36 bridges, and arches, and 21 playgrounds in the Park.

Painting Uptown in Central Park

Taking our canvas outside to Central Park, we will paint the landscape of the park as it intermingles with the city.

All mediums are encouraged: drawing with pencil or crayons; and painting in watercolor, gouache, acrylic, or oils.

Our range is from the traditional to the abstract. We wish to explore light in the atmospheric outdoor nature, which will lend itself to capture the splendid variations in ligbt and color.

We wish to find our own sense of creativity to express a personal style while examining solid technical information. We will study elements of composition, and formal perspective, always with an emphasis on color as it relates to the colors found in nature.

We also will discuss artists of landscape historically: the Naturalists, Impressionists and Expressionists painters. This is a class that is structured for individual attention.

Meet New York city artists painting in the park!

The Geometry of Central Park

Central Park is an enormous city park comprised of 843 acres located in New York city. It was created in the shape of a long rectangle centered in Manhattan above the hustle and bustle of mid-town. It is the most visited urban park in the US with about 25 million visitors annually.

Central Park has borders on each side: on the north by West 110th Street, on the west by Central Park West, on the south by West 59th Street, and on the east by Fifth Avenue. Along the park's borders, these streets are usually referred to as Central Park North, Central Park West, and Central Park South, respectively; except for Fifth Avenue which is called just as it is.

Central Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who later created Brooklyn's Prospect Park. While much of the park looks natural, it is in fact almost entirely landscaped and contains several artificial lakes, extensive walking tracks, two ice-skating rinks, a wildlife sanctuary, and grassy areas used for various sporting pursuits, as well as playgrounds for children. The park is a popular oasis for migrating birds, and thus is popular with bird watchers. The 6-mile road circling the park is popular with joggers, bicyclists and inline skaters, especially on weekends and in the evenings till dusk

David Pena, Artist and Painter

CLICK HERE to see more of David Pena's art works

CLICK HERE to see a Video about "Wedding and Event Paintings" by Pena

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