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Learn To Paint From the Impressionists
8-Session Afternoon Course

Monday, October 16 to December 4, 2017 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Code: 1K00MW

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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.

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4 sessions, 3.5 hours each (no class Sept. 30)

World Art History Certificate elective: 1/2 credit

Instructor: Adrienne Kralick 

8 sessions, 3 hours each


S. Dillon Ripley Center
Room 3038/39
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)