Online: Provincetown and Beyond: Looking at Art around the World

Workshop Date:April 22 - May 27

When: Thursdays, 5:15-6:15pm

Sessions: 6

Price: $65 for members, $80 for non-members

Teaching Artist: MJ Levy Dickson


Virtual Travel on Zoom crossing cultures and time inspired by the heritage of the Provincetown Art Colony.

Join us for  art history/art appreciation workshops using Zoom to travel through the Internet, crossing borders, cultures, and time to see art inspired by the Provincetown Artist Colony. For each one hour session we begin in Provincetown, inspired by a piece of art, an artist, or idea, and then look for similar themes around the world. Once we get started, your suggestions and thoughts will influence where we go and what we see.


Workshop I: Reclining Nudes

We are going to look at a video about the Provincetown Art Association and Museum and then see a video on Penelope Jencks, “Beach Series I – Reclining Woman” which is exhibited on the Museum grounds.

From there we look at other reclining nudes around the world from Bangkok to San Diego to Sri Lanka and New York.

Workshop II: Helen Frankenthaler

This workshop is inspired by Helen Frankenthaler. We will explore her work which has been exhibited everywhere and then end with a video about her collaboration with ULAE Press.

Workshop III: White Line Prints

This workshop looks at a few Provincetown printmakers and the creation of the White Line Printing technique. This technique is based on Japanese printmaking and we will explore Ukiyo-e Prints, Hokusai, and Hiroshige.

 Workshop IV: Architecture

This workshop will explore Architecture. We will watch a video about the design and renovation of the Provincetown Museum and then look at the Bauhaus and Walter Gropius.

Workshop V: Afro-American Art in Provincetown

We will look at two Afro-American artists in Provincetown, Joseph Diggs and Bob Thompson. We will look at one of the origins of African art in Nubia, a kingdom just south of the Egyptian Empire.

Workshop VI: Edward Hopper

We will look at the art of Edward Hopper and who may have influenced him. His interest in sailing and the sea will lead us to study Turner’s watercolors, art made in Venice, and artwork done outside of major cities.

M.J. Levy Dickson explores global interconnectedness through her artwork, and has discovered a common denominator in the natural world. She finds in nature patterns of color, light, mood, subject, texture, and sound that transcend conventional boundaries, such as, those between sight and sound, land and water, or time and space. These discoveries are reflected in her varied artwork and teaching, from her tenures as artist-in-residence in Tangier, the Perkins School for the Blind outside of Boston, The Farm in Jaipur, to her setting up the art studio for a Graphic Design Department in China. With a deep body of work spanning oils, acrylics, watercolor, charcoal, pencil, pen and ink, glass, and re-purposed materials, playing the boundaries between Abstract, Representational, and Expressionist, she finds, records, and is inspired by the similarities of all global cultures and celebrates the differences. Her exhibition schedule mirrors these interests and experiences.

Among many teaching positions, Dickson has taught at MIT, the Boston Architectural Center, and the Michael Graves College at Wenzhou-Kean University in China. Working with people who have limited vision, mental health issues, on the autism spectrum, and other special needs, as well as, typical children and adults of all ages, has honed her instinct for art as communication. She provides a counterpoint to a culture in which emotions are intellectualized and verbalized – yet not available to everyone in these forms. Encompassing thought and meaning visually, tactilely, and aurally, she offers a bridge by which diverse audiences can experience the unexpressed.