IMCA provides a number of educational opportunities for second graders and above attending public and private schools in Orange County school districts. IMCA’s Joan Irvine Smith and Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Gallery currently offers exhibitions of California Impressionist paintings reflecting the history and culture of California that change every three to four months. Tours of the current exhibition by museum docents, in which the students are taught the subjects and techniques of the early California artists, can be accommodated Tuesday through Friday, 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. Partial reimbursement for the cost of buses is available for each school trip to the gallery.
The Plein Air Project is a joint effort of IMCA’s 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 their school field trip to view exhibitions of California plein air painting at IMCA’s Joan Irvine Smith and Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Gallery. 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 and a live demonstration of his painting technique in advance of their visit to the exhibition. After their exhibition tour, the class returns to school, where they go outdoors with Sewell and his LPAPA colleague, Rick Delanty, to paint their own plein air work of art.
A regularly scheduled weekly docent tour of the current exhibition is offered every Thursday at 11:15 a.m. These tours are free and open to the public without an appointment. In addition, special docent tours are available to groups of ten or more by appointment. Please contact us to schedule a guided viewing of our current exhibition.
Curator of Education