The Plein Air Project

The Plein Air Project is a joint effort of The Irvine Museum Collection and the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA), a non-profit organization of professional artists in Laguna Beach. Its aim is to enrich students’ experience of the museum’s school field trip. Jeff Sewell, LPAPA Director of Education–also a professional artist and a LPAPA Signature Artist Member–visits each participating class and provides an introduction to plein-air painting, including a live demonstration of his painting technique. In the second part of the program, the students come to The Irvine Museum Collection. There, they view paintings by early California Impressionists painters, including great artists like Granville Redmond, William Wendt, Donna Schuster, Guy Rose, Marion Wachtel and Edgar Payne, among others. As they are guided by museum docents, the students are taught the subjects and techniques of the early California artists. After the tour, the class returns to school for the third part of the program, where they go outdoors with easels and paint. Under instruction by Jeff Sewell and his LPAPA colleague, Rick Delanty, the students paint their own plein air work of art.


The Irvine Museum Collection offers a variety of tours of its exhibitions. A regularly scheduled weekly docent tour is offered every Thursday at 11:15 a.m. Visitors are welcome on this tour without an appointment. In addition, special docent tours are available to groups of ten or more on an appointment basis. Please contact the museum to schedule a guided viewing of our current exhibition.

Contact Dora James: (949) 476-0294
Curator of Education
The Irvine Museum Collection


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18881 Von Karman Avenue, Ste. 100 Irvine, CA 92612 (directions)

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Tuesday – Saturday

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Admission is free.
Donations are greatly appreciated.


Sep 03

Holiday Closure

September 3, 2019
Nov 12

Holiday Closure

November 12, 2019