Weir Art Academy Offers Painting Lessons On Historic Wilton Landscape

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Greenwich painter Dmitri Wright is the master artist and instructor at Weir Farm National Historic Site.
Greenwich painter Dmitri Wright is the master artist and instructor at Weir Farm National Historic Site. Photo Credit: Weir Farm National Historic Site
Greenwich painter Dmitri Wright will lead the Weir Art Academy.
Greenwich painter Dmitri Wright will lead the Weir Art Academy. Photo Credit: Weir Farm National Historic Site
Painter Dmitri Wright works with a student painting en plein air at Weir Farm National Historic Site.
Painter Dmitri Wright works with a student painting en plein air at Weir Farm National Historic Site. Photo Credit: Weir Farm National Historic Site
Dmitri Wright paints en plein air at Weir Farm National Historic Site in Wilton and Ridgefield.
Dmitri Wright paints en plein air at Weir Farm National Historic Site in Wilton and Ridgefield. Photo Credit: Weir Farm National Historic Site

WILTON/RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Aspiring artists will have a new opportunity as The Weir Art Academy opens this spring at Weir Farm National Historic Site in Wilton and Ridgefield under the direction of Greenwich painter Dmitri Wright. 

Wright, the park’s master artist and instructor, is offering academy-level training in two-day weekend and four-day weekday workshops in the American Impressionist en plein air tradition.

"Weir Art Academy students will learn to apply the methods used by the Impressionists to their work in capturing nature, in nature," a press release said. "Through Wright’s multi-dimensional teaching methods and unique ‘Preservation and Progress Model’, each student will develop their own personal brand or style of Impressionism. By applying the techniques and philosophy of the Impressionists, both science and poetry, students will experience the Impressionist tradition while painting en plein air in a landscape that has inspired artists for over 130 years."

Students are welcomed to register for one or both workshops each session. 

Weir Art Academy workshops are open to all levels from beginners to advanced. Space is limited. All Weir Art Academy workshops will take place in the historic Burlingham Barn and surrounding landscape at Weir Farm National Historic Site. 

Sessions for the Weir Art Academy will be held in spring, summer, and fall 2014. Here are the spring session dates: 

  • Two-day Weekend Workshop: Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., $195
  • Four-day Weekday Workshop:  Monday through Thursday, April 7 through 10, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., $395
  • Six-day Workshop Discounted: Saturday through Thursday, April 5 through 10, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., $545

To register or for more information including summer and fall workshop dates, contact: Dmitri Wright Fine Art Studio at 203-832-3325, dmitriwrightfineart@gmail.com
www.DmitriWright.com, or 106 Hunting Ridge Road, Greenwich, CT 06831.

Wright teaches at the Bush-Holley Historic Site, which housed the Cos Cob Art Colony; and is an instructor of Impressionist drawing and painting at the Silvermine Arts Center. He also instructs Master Art Workshops throughout the USA and Europe.

Weir Farm National Historic Site was home to three generations of American artists and is named for Julian Alden Weir, a leading figure in American art and the development of American Impressionism. For more information about Weir Farm National Historic Site, visit www.nps.gov/wefa or call 203-834-1896.

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