If It Doesn't Suck

Workshop Date:August 19 - August 23

When: Monday-Friday (No Thursday), 2-5pm

Sessions: 4

Price: $250

Teaching Artist: Mary Giammarino

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*This was a Summer 2019 course. Please see our current and upcoming workshops to register for a workshop course.

Welcome to plein air basics. With minimal supplies, we will go somewhere beautiful and simple. Once there, we will squint. We will paint the spots, concentrating on value and warm and cool color. We will be methodical and deliberate. Our time on each painting will be limited. We will know when it’s done when it doesn’t suck. Then, we will keep moving. These paintings are not precious; they are studies and later you can decide to make your paintings tighter or looser, representative or abstract. The important thing is to paint!

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 at Four Eleven Gallery in Provincetown and DaVallia in Chester, Vermont. She has had many solo exhibitions. Her work can be found in many private collections in the US and Europe.