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Art classes offered at Kuerner Farm

04/02/2014 10:20AM ● By ACL

This spring, regional artists can work at the Chadds Ford farm that inspired Andrew Wyeth for more than 70 years. Art classes will be offered at the site for the first time.

Drawing Kuerner Farm

April 26, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This workshop, led by associate educator and artist Jane Chesson, is open to all levels and will include individualized instruction and guidance. Drawing materials will be provided. Participants will meet at the museum. Participants should dress appropriately for the outdoors; covered areas will be used in case of rain. Workshop cost is $30 ($24 with member discount). Register online or by calling 610-388-8326.

Art Class with Karl J. Kuerner

Class meets for eight weeks on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 6 to June 24; or on Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m., May 8 to June 26. 

As the grandson of two of Andrew Wyeth's best-known subjects, and a student of Carolyn Wyeth, Karl Kuerner's personal experiences with the farm provide special insight into the property and its history. Participants will provide art materials of their own choosing, and should dress for working outdoors. The first class will begin at the museum. Cost is $250 ($200 with member discount). Register online or by calling 610-388-8326.

Andrew Wyeth discovered Karl and Anna Kuerner's farm, located about a mile from his parents' house, on one of his boyhood walks. As a young artist, Wyeth developed a close relationship with the Kuerners, and roamed the house and property freely to draw and paint. Beginning with his earliest painting of the farm in 1932 at the age of 15, Wyeth found inspiration in its residents, buildings and landscapes for nearly 1,000 works of art.

The farm is now owned by the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art, which offers tours from April through mid-November. In 2011, the Kuerner Farm was designated a National Historic Landmark. The tour cost is $8 in addition to museum admission. 

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