Seeing Green: The Art of Ecology

Tue July 13 to Sun January 17, 2010 - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Throughout history, the environment has been a powerful source of inspiration for visual artists.  Artists are often particularly avid observers and precise recorders of the physical conditions of the natural world. This tour is designed to introduce students to the increasingly urgent dialogue about sustaining our natural environment and living lightly on the planet. It will particularly feature works in the Hudson River School traditions on loan to to PAFA for a limited time, as well as works from the permanent collection that illustrate important developmental phases in human interaction with the landscape. During the interactive tour, students will: Develop an appreciation for the beauty of the natural environment as depicted in paintings in the galleries;

  • Address the interrelationship of geography, natural resources, and climate and their effects on daily life;
  • Consider roles they can take to care for and protect the environment.

Sponsored by Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts


  • Historic Landmark Building
  • 118 North Broad Street
  • Philadelphia, PA

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