Painting Along the Mill River

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for ages 7-9

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2023 Summer Program

Please Note: This is a four day class- Tue, Wed, Thurs, Fri.
We are closed, Mon, June 19th.

The Mill River is a perfect site to emulate the thoughtful treatment of light, water, and atmosphere that the Hudson River School artists are known for. Luminism, the style of landscape painting that these artists helped influence, is abundant with keen and reflective observation. These NYC based artists formed the first true artistic union in the US. They emerged around the 1850’s under the influence of British artist Thomas Cole. This week we will study the art trails of artists like Harriet Cany Peale, Frederic Edwin Church, Sarah Cole, Asher B. Durand and others.

Explore the outdoors in our backyard, East Rock Park, along the Mill River. Here you will be guided to sketch, paint, and observe your environment in a renewed way with brush strokes inspired by these brilliant artists who painted and created not too far from where we reside.

Build your own portable easel, palette, and paint box to store your paints, brushes, pencils, and other materials. The portfolio you make will be filled with your interpretations of the world around you. Exhibit your works at the end of the week and invite family and friends to enjoy your creations.

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