Students in class
The impressionists captured the fleeting effects of natural light to produce vivid landscapes, water that sparkles, and colors that sing. They made it all look effortless, but what techniques provided the foundation for that seeming ease?
By viewing paintings at the National Gallery of Art and hands-on practice in the studio, students discover those secrets and learn how artists like Monet, Renoir, and Degas created their signature styles.
An introductory studio lecture and painting demonstration covers the impressionists’ methods, materials, brushwork, and use of color, and surveys the 19th-century innovations and scientific discoveries that influenced the movement. A visit to the National Gallery of Art for an instructor-led tour and talk offers an opportunity to view impressionist masterworks and put the art and their creators into a historical framework, as well as gain technical insights into how the works were created. The remaining sessions take place in the studio, where participants create their own impressionistic paintings. The goal is not to copy famous artists, but to gain skills that can be applied to your own work.
A supply list may be downloaded from this page no later than 2 weeks prior to the first session.
World Art History Certificate elective: 1/2 credit
Instructor: Adrienne Kralick
8 sessions, 3 hours each
S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)