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Impressionist Leads Workshop at Wilton's Weir Farm

WILTON, Conn. — There's no time like summer to get out those brushes and vivid paints to create canvasses of Impressionist landscapes – especially at the 60-acre Weir Farm Historic Site.

Artists can take part in a July 16 workshop at Weir Farm, 735 Nod Hill Road, with one of the most renowned modern Impressionists and art teachers, Dmitri Wright of Greenwich.

The free "How to be an Impressionist Painter Workshop" beginner's class is quickly filling up, and registration is required. The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wright, who is taking part in a workshop in France in the Cote d' Azure from June 21 to 28, has presented intermediate and advanced Impressionism workshops the past two years at Weir Farm – but this is the first one for beginners.

"Julian Alden Weir was the father of American Impressionism, but that tradition is not one widely taught in contemporary art schools," said Weir Farm Park Ranger Cassie Werne. "Dmitri is very knowledgeable of that school of painting. This workshop is designed for beginning art students and artists interested in learning more about Impressionist landscape painting."

She said, however, that participants must have a basic understanding of their selected art form and be able to handle their equipment for fieldwork and the studio workshop.

"As an instructor, mentor and coach I have dedicated my career, to sharing my expertise in the foundations of the Academy and Impressionists, teaching artists — beginners to advanced — the technical and creative skills needed to express their visual passion," Wright states on his website.

Wright is the artist-in-residence of the Historical Society of the Town of Greenwich and an instructor of Impressionist drawing and painting at the Greenwich Art Society, Silvermine School of Art and Weir Farm

Werne said the workshops are a "perfect fit" at the historic site with its tradition of Impressionist painting, which started when Weir acquired the rural, rustic retreat in 1882.

Workshops will include introductory classroom lectures, field demonstrations and critiques of participants' artwork. Space is limited to 12 artists.

The class is part of a series offered at Weir Farm, with the next workshop planned for the fall.

To register or for more information, call 203-834-1896, Ext.13.

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