Painting on Location


Monday, July 6 – Thursday, August 13
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Mondays & Thursdays


See downloadable PDF for exact location

Suggested Donation

$50 for the entire 6-week program
(100% of fee supports the Old Art Building)
$5/class for drop-ins


Complete registration form at the time of payment.


Dates & locations of the 'paint-outs'

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The Plein Air Painters of the Old Art Building, founded by Ellie Golden, announces its 14th season. Painters will meet Monday and Thursday mornings for six weeks of painting on location beginning Monday July 6. New members are welcome! Please contact the Old Art Building to join.

Begin painting at 9 am then meet up for a bring your own brown bag lunch and an informal discussion of the morning’s paintings. It is your choice to display your painting or not. The locations have suggested discussion topics if you want to use them. This is a fun group that loves to paint outdoors!

For exact meet-up locations please click on the 'Download PDF' button at left.

Suggested donation to the Old Art Building is $50 for the six week program or $5 per 'paint-out' if you drop in.

Social distancing required

  • Bring your mask if needed
  • Bring your hat, chair, sunscreen and water and whatever you need to be comfortable. And, of course, your painting supplies!
  • Paint-out may be cancelled due to rain.
  • Please watch your email for any updates to the schedule.

For questions contact Martha Elchert
or call her at 814-730-1049

About Ellie Golden

Born in Indianapolis in 1923, one year after the Old Art Building was built, Ellie discovered her creative interests in 4th grade, expressing herself in art, music and shop classes in one of those “progressive” schools that Ellie would tell you was “one of those skip and go naked schools”. She later attended Vassar college, married and had three children, later adding five more to the mix. Ellie studied printmaking, attending Penland Crafts School of the Arts in North Carolina. At age 60 she went to Japan and learned the wax resist method of dying cloth.

She has been coming to Leland since her early childhood, getting her own cottage in 1956 and became active in the County art scene working in pastels, book illustration, book binding and quilt making.

Ellie Golden has been teaching at the Old Art Building since the 1960’s.Today, at 97 years young, she leads the Painting on Location class at the Old Art Building, a summer favorite for many. 

In 2015, the Old Art Building hosted a retrospective of her work and it was wonderfully received. The breadth of her talent and the depth of her explorations in art continue to show that Ellie is the Energizer Bunny of the art world.

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