Plein Air Painting: Morocco


Plein Air Painting is the practice of creating observational works of art on-site. During this course, students will gain the technical proficiency necessary to create on-site watercolor paintings while learning about the unique cultural heritage of the country/countries visited. The skill of visually capturing the surrounding environment is a tool that benefits many visual careers. Additionally, trips to major art centers and works of architecture will enrich student’s art practice and cultural knowledge.

Where You’ll Go (Summer 2020 Plans)*

This information is a draft for a possible itinerary for this program. We are still working out a final itinerary with our overseas partners. Please contact the course instructor for more information or check back later to see an updated itinerary.

  • May 28th – Arrival at Tanger Airport, transfer to Chefchaouen
  • May 29th – Chefchaouen walking tour, painting session of blue streets
  • May 30th – Fez, Walking tour of Medine and tanning facilities
  • May 31st – Ouzoud, walking tour of ouzoud
  • June 1st – Painting of cascades of Ouzoud
  • June 2nd – Tanaghmeilt painting session, Marrakech, Jma el Fna
  • June 3rd – Walking tour of Marrakech, visit of Marrakech Markets (painting)
  • June 4th – Visit to the Marrakech Museum, Palm Tree Gardens painting session
  • June 5th – Medina of Marrakech
  • June 6th – Aït Ben Haddou and painting
  • June 7th – Aït Ben Haddou painting, Couscous cooking session with local family
  • June 8th – Nkoub, painting Nkoub Oasis
  • June 9th – Tajin cooking session with local family, Henna tattoo session
  • June 10th – Merzouga desert, camel ride to the desert
  • June 11th – Dunes painting session
  • June 12th – Marrakech, transfer to Tanger
  • June 13th – Flight from Tanger to USA

*Please remember that this itinerary is tentative and subject to change. More details will be shared as they become available.

What You’ll Study

Course Name: Plein Air Abroad: Advanced Painting
Course Number: INT 300
Credits: 3.0
Prerequisites: None
Degree Fulfillments: Satisfies both the Visual and Performing Arts Mode of Inquiry and the Intercultural Perspective requirements
Click Here to See the Complete Course Syllabus.

Course Objectives

  • To study the history and culture of the country visited.
  • To observe how art and architecture communicates civic identity.
  • To learn travel skills abroad.
  • To develop an appreciation of cultural differences both past and present.
  • To develop the technical, conceptual, and creative problem solving skills appropriate to the level of study and the needs of the work.
  • To build historical awareness and develop an understanding of how your work fits into the larger social contemporary dialogue.
  • To analyze and critique your work and the work of others.

Course Requirements

  • Attend all meetings and events.
  • Participate in discussions and activities.
  • Complete all assignments and projects.
  • Clean up your work area. Do not leave trash on site.
  • Follow the student code of conduct.
  • Act as a considerate and respectful member of the research team.
  • Consider a presentation to the university community (e.g. at the Undergraduate Research
  • Symposium or though Residential College programming).

What You’ll Pay (Summer 2020 Costs)


Study Abroad Enrollment Fee: $973.50

Calculated at $324.50 per credit x 3 credits

Study Abroad Course Fee: $54.00

Calculated at $18.00 per credit x 3 credits

Study Abroad Insurance Fee: $38.00

Calculated at $38.00 per month x 1 months

Study Abroad Travel Fee: $3,497.00

Including: International Airfare, Transportation in Country, Admissions and Cultural Experiences, contingency fund, instructor expenses

Study Abroad Housing Fee: $1,428.00

Including: Housing accommodations and some group meals




Early Deposit*



OR Regular Deposit*



Payment 1



Payment 2



*Early deposit is required for consideration for Foundation Scholarships. Early Deposits received before 11/15/2019 will be refundable until 1/17/2020.

Your Instructor

Prof. Lindsey Dunnagan
Assistant Professor of Art | OP 2229

New experiences inspire creativity and Plein Air Abroad is a class that offers both. As an artist and traveler, Lindsey knows the joy of finding beautiful exotic places to explore while painting. This stems from her experiences abroad, which include serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco for two years where she worked with artisans.

In her own studio practice, Lindsey uses diverse techniques to explore human interaction with the natural environment. Her artwork connects humanity to nature in small ways and large. At the intimate level, she tells stories of home and identity. On a larger scale, she considers our spiritual ties to nature and highlights the human impacts of climate change. Her work is an investigation of micro and macro personal connections and a reminder of the space we traverse. Lindsey is a three-time Hunting Art Prize Finalist and has shown nationally in solo and juried exhibitions. Her work was published in the 120 West edition of New American Paintings.

Lindsey was born in Anchorage, Alaska and eventually moved to Texas where she earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design Architecture from Texas A&M in 2007. After college, she worked as an architectural intern before deciding to join the US Peace Corps. From 2007 – 2009, Lindsey worked with artisans as a Small Business Development Volunteer in Morocco. In 2014 Lindsey completed a Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing and in 2015 she finished a Master of Arts in Art History from Texas Woman’s University. Lindsey is the Assistant Professor of Art in Painting at Truman State University.

Photo Gallery

These images were taken during the summer of 2017 when students painted in Spain. Each time this class runs, students will visit a new country.