Painting without Fear: A Plein Air Workshop

Workshop Date:August 27 - August 30

When: Monday-Thursday, 2-5pm

Sessions: 4

Price: $200

Teaching Artist: Mary Giammarino

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*This was a Summer 2018 course. Please see our current and upcoming workshops to register for a workshop course.

“We do well the things we see already painted in our mind’s eye.” – Charles Hawthorne

Study the landscape by applying the fundamental concepts and techniques of plein air painting. We choose our subject by squinting to see the large mass, the “value” and its design graphically. Working with the mass, or, spots of color, one next to the other, we will allow ourselves to study color, atmosphere, and composition without getting caught up in the literalness of the subject or its details. Working quickly trains us to keep pace with the ever-changing landscape, to trust our instincts, and to be spontaneous. Working together, we will create paintings that are honest and fresh. Please come prepared with a plein air easel and the limited palette listed in my material list. The limited palette suggested is perfect warm/cool choices of the primary colors whether you are a beginner or novice painter. Feel free to bring your favorite painting materials as well, as familiarity is important.

Mary Giammarino's devotion to light and color is evident in her paintings. She has always been drawn to the beauty of nature and plein air painting and creating art directly from nature.

Giammarino studied fine art in college. She discovered the book “Hawthorne on Painting” and found her home at the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown, MA. While she is influenced by the impressionist palette, her work is less idealized and more contemporary by design. Her plein air paintings reflect her passion and devotion to capturing the exquisite drama of nature’s fleeting moods.

Giammarino continues to paint plein air and carries on the tradition by teaching painting classes on Cape Cod, in Vermont and on trips to Italy. She is represented by the Julie Heller Gallery in Provincetown and the Elizabeth Rowley Gallery in Orleans. She has had many solo exhibitions. Her work can be found in many private collections in the US and Europe.