Impressionist Inspired Oil Painting: Looking at Childe Hassam (Virtual)

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Saturday August 1

10:00 AM  –  2:00 PM

One of the best ways to learn posthumously from a master painter is to paint a “master copy”. That is, study the painting intently, look at how the artist handled the subject and manipulated the paint. Try to get inside the artist’s head and figure out why the artist emphasized one thing over another. Then, paint a copy of it.  In doing so, you’ll potentially learn what it took for the artist to produce a particular work, what steps he may have followed, which parts were difficult and which were easier.  In the end, you’ll have a broader understanding and perhaps a technique or two you’ll be able to employ in your own future painting endeavors and, you’ll have your very own actual painting of a master work to hang on your wall and enjoy forever!

In this workshop, instructor Mike Callahan look at the work of of American Impressionist, Childe Hassam, specifically his painting “The South Ledges, Appledore" currently on view at the Museum.  He’ll give a brief overview of the Hassam’s life and discuss the period in which he created this particular painting. Virtually, instructor Mike will do a demonstration showing how he thinks the artist painted it as you, the student, follow along painting your own.  

By the end of the second day of this workshop, you will have painted your own painting that you can proudly display on your wall impressing both family and friends!

VIRTUAL CLASS INFO: This class will be held online through Zoom. A Zoom link will be sent to registrants the day before class begins. While the class will be held virtually, your registration will include admission to the Museum. You are encouraged to visit the Museum on your own prior to the start of the class to view the Childe Hassam's painting, “The South Ledges, Appledore" in person. 

Saturday and Sunday, August 1 and 2
10 am – 2 pm

Ages: Adult (15+) / All Levels, some experience helpful
Instructor: Mike Callahan


Paint: Note: If you already have a set of oil paint with a variety of colors, you are welcome to bring it, if not you should get the following colors:

M. Graham brand 

Titanium White (37ml) Hansa Yellow (37ml), Quinacridone Rose (37 ml), Phthalocyanine Blue (37 ml)

Thinner: Weber Turpenoid (pint) or similar artist’s grade odorless mineral spirits. 

Medium: M. Graham Walnut Oil (4oz)

Silicoil cleaning jar or other small glass jar with sealable lid (for thinner)

Small can such as olive or tuna can (for medium)

Synthetic Brights OR Filberts: Silverbrush Bristlon #2, #4, and #10
Connoisseur Pure Synthetic, #2, #4, and #10
Or any quality hog bristle in those sizes if the student already owns their own brushes.

Painting or Palette knife (steel is preferable to plastic)

Disposable Palette
New Wave Disposable Palette (grey) or similar

Brush Cleaner
The Masters Brush Cleaner and Preserver 2.5 oz

Stretched Canvas or Canvas Panel 20”x24"

Roll of absorbent paper towels (i.e. Viva or Blue Shop Towels)

Optional: Nitrile gloves

Approximate cost of above items $100- $120