It’s January, and instead of working I am looking out my window at the bay. The light and the water and the sky are all grey, and it’s hard to say where any of it begins. It is the same view artist Pat de Groot looked at each day, the same view she painted in endless temperamental and ephemeral colors. I am lucky to share this view with her; humbled by the fact that I witness this each day as Pat did, and as future generations of artists will.
As quiet as it may be now, summer will arrive and along with it a bevy of workshops in the Lillian Orlowsky William Freed Museum School at PAAM. Our naturally lit, silver LEED-Certified studios will be bursting with creativity, joy, inspiration, and the occasional tears of pushing your artistic limits. Workshops in the fine arts are taught by local, dedicated teaching artists. Inside these pages you will find listings for one-day to week-long workshops in printmaking, painting, drawing, performance art, photography, and lectures on the permanent collection.
Workshops at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum are unique because of their location: a museum. Teaching artists are encouraged to pull works from the permanent collection to enhance the learning experience for their students, and all students are invited to visit the Museum during their workshop as many times as they’d like.
It’s a real cliché, but I must say that I am extremely proud of the hard work undertaken by all of the folks teaching in the program this year. Don’t miss out on their big ideas; register for a workshop, and take your personal practice to another level. Eat your lunch next to a Chaim Gross creation in our sculpture garden. Take a dip in the bay a la Helen Frankenthaler between brush strokes. Gaze upon Pat’s view. Join us; it’s a Provincetown experience you deserve.
-Kiah, and all of us at PAAM.