New Opportunities

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

New Opportunities

I must apologize to my neglected blog, it is only so because I find myself extremely busy with my work and teaching.  A very good thing for an artist!  A couple of months back I was surprised and pleased to be asked to teach some classes at the New Britain Museum of American Art.  It was a surprise because I had not approached them, rather unbeknownst to me a collegue had referred me as a teaching artist. I am super excited about the opportunity to work in such a creatively stimulating environment. 

New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT USA

New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT

As a teaching artist one of my favorite classes that I developed and have been teaching to different age groups is my "Masters" class. In it the class looks at the work of a different art master each week, and studies what particular elements define the style of that artist.  Then students create an original painting in that style.  Being able to work in a museum and teach directly from masterworks to create class projects is truly a dream come true.

Interestingly the first artist installation that I will be working with is American Post-Impressionists: Maurice & Charles Prendergast, March 9 - June 10 2018.  I have long been interested in the work of Maurice Prendergast as I was deeply involved in watercolor painting for many years and he has created many gorgeous impressionist watercolors. I am just pinching myself that I will have special time to spend with the work in the collection.  The work of his brother Charles is also quite compelling, hand crafted frames, collaged boxes and paintings. 

The NBMAA is a wonderful gem in central Connecticut with a very fine collection of American art. There are so many wonderful paintings and you will find works of many wonderful artists such as Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, Maurice Prendergast, Georgia O'Keeffe, Charles Demuth, Thomas Hart Benton, Lee Krasner and Robert Motherwell just to name a few notables.

I will be teaching a 5 week class for children called Boxes & Beaches with the Prendergast Brothers, for ages 8 -10

You can register your child for this class using this link

I will be returning to the museum this summer to teach another youth class.




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