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Learn To Paint Like Monet

8-Session Weekend Course

Saturday, January 26 to March 16, 2019 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Code: 1K00FP
Study by Adrienne Wyman

Please Note: The class has an adjusted schedule (originally Jan. 12 to March 9, 2019 with no Feb. 16 session).

The January 26 session of this class will be moving to Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003. Additional information below:

Claude Monet captured the fleeting effects of natural light with seeming ease: water that sparkles, wind you can feel, and colors that sing. But how exactly did he put paint to canvas to create them?

Through lectures, demonstrations, and painting exercises, students learn about and put into practice Monet’s methods, materials, and brushwork. Special emphasis is placed on examining 19th-century color theory as it relates to impressionistic depictions of light and shadow, well as how Monet used complementary colors to create visual effects.

Work by friends and contemporaries of Monet’s, such as Renoir and Pissarro, is also examined as part of an exploration of the larger impressionist movement and as a way to compare and contrast the artist’s signature style.

In studio sessions, students put into practice Monet’s methods to create their own impressionist-style masterpiece. The objective of the class is not to copy the style of a famous artist, but to learn skills that can be utilized in your own work.

This class is suitable for everyone from beginning through advanced students. Working in oil paints is preferred, but students may work in acrylic if they choose.

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World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit

Instructor: Adrienne Wyman

8 sessions; 3 hours each

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