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Registration Opens for Impressionist Painting Workshop

Interested painters are invited to enter the world of Impressionist color as Lois Griffel, a nationally and internationally known artist and instructor, visits Huntsville to lead a 4-day workshop. Registration is now open for the event taking place Thursday, February 25 through Sunday, February 28.  The Huntsville workshop is co-sponsored by ‘Friends of the Wynne’ Home Arts Center and Sam Houston State University College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication.

Griffel is an American Impressionist Society Master Signature Member and former director of the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown, Massachusetts. During her time as director of the Cape Cod School of Art she expanded the color principles of her predecessors by developing specific lessons designed to make the learning process easier and more understandable. These exercises became the foundation of her first book, Painting the Impressionist Landscape.

Griffel believes Impressionist color can be applied to any painting style, approach or medium. “Once you enter the glorious world of Impressionist color you will never go back,” Griffel explained. “My eyes were opened to seeing ‘the light’ by the great artist and teacher, Henry Hensche who dedicated his life’s work to the principles of Impressionism and did not consider it a separate painting approach. I believe, as he did, that Impressionism is the universal foundation of beautiful color in all contemporary painting today.”

Focused on painting the Impressionist landscape, the 4-day workshop will include morning sessions, in a classroom setting, from 9 a.m. until noon at the historic Wynne Home Arts Center. After a lunch break, the workshop will continue outdoors ‘En Plein Aire’ (weather permitting) from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Potential outdoor locations will include the architecturally unique Huntsville downtown square, the beautiful grounds of Sam Houston State University and the historic Sam Houston Park.

As part of the sponsorship for this workshop, The SHSU College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication has provided a limited number fee waivers to be distributed to SHSU art students and individuals from the local community to cover registration costs.  Individuals interested in being considered for one of these awards to attend the workshop must submit a brief email message describing their contact information and artistic interests.  To be considered for this award, this statement of interest (an email sent torshield@shsu.edu) must be received by noon, February 10, 2016.   Individuals already registered for the workshop are eligible to apply.

Admission to the workshop is $410 with a limit of only 15 open spaces. Online registration is now open by visiting the website, http://wynnefriends.ticketleap.com/lois-workshop/ you may also register by contacting Roberta Plant with Friends of the Wynne at 936-661-2292 or by email, robertaplant@sbcglobal.net .

Information and image courtesy of SHSU College of Fine Arts & Mass Comm

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