Sketch and Shoot Tour


He was right. 
Creating travel art and photography is how a person literally says "I was here, I saw this and it mattered to me."


This Sketch & Shoot Tour invites you put your own spin on amazing places and experiences you can only find from Philly to the Brandywine.

Whether you journal, draw, paint, blog or love to post photos on Facebook - we've got links to all types of places to let your creativity run wild:
  • Historic Sites
  • A Working Colonial Plantation
  • Iconic Landmarks
  • Cool Bridges
  • Vintage Theaters
  • A National Wildlife Refuge
  • Horse Racing
  • Unusual Architectural Sites
  • Town Parks sitting directly on the banks of the Delaware River
  • Crazy Festival opportunities
  • Mansions & Gardens
But first...check out a few 'Delco' Paintings by one of our own favorite sons, George Rothacker -- a nationally renowned artist who resides on our Main Line.  To see more of his work visit him at: George Rothacker

 

The 69th Street Terminal celebrated its 100th birthday in 2008.

 69th Street: Today & Yesterday
Acrylic on canvas – 26" x 36"

The Tower Theater, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.


Built in 1927, The Tower Theater, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania is an iconic concert hall where everyone from Bruce to Bowie, to today's chart topping acts perform.  Known for its natural acoustic properties, the venue has been used for recording live albums by many bands.

Boyle's Garage

Acrylic on canvas
A landmark of Radnor Township, Boyle’s Garage has always been known for its personalized service and its usually high gas prices.


 Villanova Chapel

Acrylic on canvas

Villanova University is a private university located in Radnor Township, a suburb northwest of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in the United States. Named after Saint Thomas of Villanova, the school is the oldest Catholic university in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Chicken, Steaks, and Beer

Acrylic on canvas – 20" x 30"

The busy intersection of the 60th and Haverford Avenues where they meet Girard is the home to this well announced market featuring chicken, steaks, seafood, and beer.




Now Let's Start Planning Your Own Artful Tour of Delaware County.

There's a reason why artists and art lovers come here from all over the Country...

Nestled in the Brandywine is one of our nation's famous museums of American art: the Brandywine River Museum. Often called the "Wyeth Museum" for its extensive collection of works by the internationally acclaimed Wyeth family - grandfather N.C., father Andrew and son Jamie - the Brandywine River Museum is housed in a converted 19th-century grist mill on the banks of the Brandywine River in Chadds Ford, Pa. There are also Works by Howard Pyle, Maxfield Parrish, Charles Dana Gibson, Rockwell Kent, Jasper Cropsey, George Cope and Jefferson David Chalfant.

Visitors can also tour the N.C. Wyeth House & Studio, Andrew Wyeth's Studio and the Kuerner Farm, where for more than 70 years, Andrew painted more than 1000 pieces inspired by its people, animals, buildings and landscapes for more than 1,000 works of art.

This multi-generational family of artists found boundless inspiration here...and you will too.

What Places Call Out To You?
Let's explore a few of Delco's famous places, landmarks, historic sites, nature retreats, and architectural gems from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

To give you an idea where each of the places are located, we'll call them out by which section of the county they're in... The Main Line, Brandywine, Crossroads, Riverside or Main Streets.

If you are one of the new breed of Urban Sketch Artists you'll want to head for our Crossroads neighborhood where a rich multi-cultural heritage mingles with hard-working blue collar communities. Dozens of languages are spoken amid busy sidewalks lined with global shops and restaurants featuring every cuisine imaginable.

The 69th Street Bridge is an architectural beacon for people traveling to and from center city and the Delco Crossroads.

On the Riverside there are amazing state-spanning bridges, railway lines, and waterways where giant freighters are nudged up and down the Delaware River by feisty tugboats.  Cruise ships glide under the Commodore Barry Bridge and in the summer, sail boats and regattas dot the waterway.  On it's shores, glorious old buildings and plants that once energized the country, wear their past with dignity, even as new buildings elbow their way in-between them. The Wharf at Rivertown is a very cool 396,000 square foot office building that was once an electrical generation station.

One of our popular Main Street Towns, is Media - which is also the county seat.  During the week the town's got a real legal eagle vibe, but the show-stopper is the Media Courthouse, a statuesque grand dame of justice, witnessing more than 145 years of both famous and not so famous trials.


If greenery and gardens are your favorite subject, head for the Main Line and Chanticleer Estate & Gardens .  It was named one of the most beautiful "Secret Gardens" in North America by National Geographic Traveler Magazine, and is a top rated garden attraction on TripAdvisor.

Swarthmore College is home to the Scott Arboretum, a gorgeous garden setting...and just outside of Media, Tyler Arboretum has become a mecca of giant outdoor exhibits from huge gargantuan bug displays to dozens of tree-houses scattered amid its woods and meadows. This is a very cool place to visit.

And true Eco-artists will have a hard time deciding what to sketch or photograph first at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge ,  America's first Urban Wildlife Refuge.   Located on the Riverside in Tinicum, it exists in the shadow of skyscrapers and planes dashing in and out of the PHL airport.  It also shares a waterway with cruise ships, freighters, sailboats and highways carrying millions of cars past and above it's 1000 acres of flora and fauna.



Historic Colonial buildings are in every corner of the county, from the old original courthouse in the Riverside town of Chester The 1724 Chester Courthouse, to an  Historic Octagonal School House on our Main Streets, in Newtown Square. 

Brandywine's Newlin Grist Mill helped keep the country fed during the Revolutionary War and along with its amazing guts of gears, the structure features a 160 acre park setting.

The Bartram Bridge is a covered bridge literally spanning both this County and our Chester County neighbor to the west.

At Delco's Crossroads section of the County is one of the most iconic Rock n' Roll Concert Halls in the country - The Tower Theater.

Swarthmore College is home to the Scott Arboretum, and just outside of Media, Tyler Arboretum has become a mecca of giant outdoor exhibits from huge gargantuan bug displays to dozens of tree-houses scattered amid its woods and meadows.

Bring your sketchpad to one of several Town Parks along the Waterfront.  These small patches of green along the banks of the Delaware sit next to towering oil refineries, old ship building plants and new manufacturing companies. These parks include Governor Printz Park in Essington and the Market Square Memorial Park in Marcus Hook - Marcus Hook Borough


As we mentioned earlier, the Commodore Barry Bridge is an example of a cantilever style bridge - a style echoed in the design of PPL Park - Home of the Philadelphia Union Soccer Team

In fact, all along the river there are interesting towns - and with a rare mix of a manufacturing past, and new urban energy.



Those interested in history sites, people dressed in authentic garb and historic events, should visit during one of our region's many battlefield re-enactments.


Many re-enactments take place at the famous Brandywine Battlefield and the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation at Ridley Creek State Park.

These events eerily capture both the heroism and tragedy of each skirmish, as smoke from cannon fire rises in the air - and the pop! pop! pop! of the rifles reminds us of the courage that lived on battlefields like this.

When you visit the Plantation, you can also share something in common with renowned artist, Jamie Wyeth.  Among is many masterpieces, is a famous pig.

You'll find lots of swine inspiration (plus goats, horses and chickens!) at the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation.



And if people are your subject of choice, here are a few photos taken at some of
our 100+  festivals that are held throughout the year.

Rose Tree Park in Media as a state of the art outdoor amphitheater and hosts 45 free summer concerts every Wednesday through Sunday, Mid-June through Mid-August: Free Summer Concert Series


To name just a few, check out Penns Woods Winery FestivalsBlues and Jazz Festivals, and a Mushroom Festival that draws more than 100,000 in early September...






Plus Linvilla Orchards (an historic family farm & orchard) draws thousands of people from 3 states to their berry festivals, and month-long celebrations of BunnyLand (Easter), Pumpkinland (Halloween through Thanksgiving) and ChristmasLand (Duh :)


Now Let's Start Planning Your Own Artful Tour of Delaware County.

This multi-generational family of artists found inspiration here...and you will too.

Nestled in the Brandywine is one of our nation's famous museums of American art: the Brandywine River Museum. Often called the "Wyeth Museum" for its extensive collection of works by the internationally acclaimed Wyeth family - grandfather N.C., father Andrew and son Jamie - it is housed in a converted 19th-century grist mill on the Brandywine River in Chadds Ford.

NOTE: When you visit, don't miss the opportunity to tour the N.C. Wyeth House & Studio, as well as Andrew Wyeth's Studio and the Kuerner Farm, where for more than 70 years, Andrew painted 1000 pieces inspired by its people, animals, buildings and landscapes.

PLANNING YOUR TOUR:

1.  INSPIRATION

The tour copy suggests a wide variety of places that would appeal to artists and photographers of all genres - but if you have a particular special interest, please visit our web site and click on 'attractions' for even more ideas.


2. SITE LOCATIONS & ACCOMODATIONS

As with all of our driving tours, we want to help you easily match the sites you want to visit with nearby hotel accommodations.  But since every artist will choose different sites that inspire them, we can't pre-design this tour.

So we have designated 5 sections of Delaware County

        Each section has a different personality, character, charm and history:
        Main Line
        Brandywine
        Main Streets
        Crossroads
        Riverside

Every site in the tour copy also mentions which section it is located in.

You simply match the location of the site you want to visit - with hotels located in the same area.


For example:  The tour suggests painting the Cathedral at Villanova University. In the tour copy, Villanova is referenced as being on the Main Line.  Therefore you would check the Main Line listing (immediately below) to see which hotels are also on or near the Main Line.

1) Main Line - Upscale shopping, gardens, historic estates and collegiate energy in the Wayne & Radnor area
Radnor Hotel
Wayne Hotel
Wayne B&B

2) Main Streets - Cool towns & townships with combinations of gorgeous architecture, tree-lined streets, dozens of festivals, historic sites, town parks & squares, and holiday parades
Alpenhof Bed and Breakfast
Days Inn Springfield
The Longfellow House
Magnolia House Bed and Breakfast
Quality Inn Media
Purcell Darrell House
3) Riverside - Several densely populated towns (including Tinicum, Essington, Ridley, Chester, Marcus Hook ) buttressing up against each other along12 miles of Delaware River waterfront like a one-of-a-kind patchwork quilt of:
  • Riverside parks
  • 19th century style home designs
  • Remnants of a ship building legacy
  • Old and new manufacturing plants 
  • Oil Refinery
  • Major League Soccer Stadium
  • Casino and Race Track
  • and yes...the Country's first Urban National Wildlife Refuge!
Holiday Inn Express
Waterfront Inn
Quality Inn Essington
Best Western PHL
Clarion Hotel and Conference Center
Comfort Inn PHL
Springhill Suites
Microtel Inn and Suites
Red Roof Inn
Renaissance Hotel PHL


4) Brandywine - History-rich towns, vineyards, farms and fields dotting the Brandywine countryside including Chadds Ford, Glen Mills, and Concordville...home to the Brandywine Battlefield, Brandywine River Museum and many Colonial historic sites
Brandywine River Hotel
Staybridge Suites
Wyndham Garden Inn Glen Mills
Hampton Inn & Suites Glen Mills
Inn at Grace Winery
Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast & Carriage House
5) Crossroads - Densely populated neighborhoods bordering or near Philly, with a rich multi-cultural heritage, rock n' roll's famous Tower Theater, globally inspired cuisine and shopping...includes Upper Darby, Darby, Lansdowne, Glenolden and Drexel Hill

Hotels:
Riverside Hotels listed above are all about 10-15 minutes from the Crossroads
Several Main Street Hotels listed above are also between 10 and 15 minutes from the Crossroads