Painting Color & Light

Easel with Chapel

Classes • Three-Day Intensives • Skype Lessons and Tutorials

Claude Monet

Painting Color & Light

In all my classes, students discover the joy of Color & Light Painting, an approach developed at the Cape Cod School of Art, founded by Charles Hawthorne, a contemporary of Monet who taught Monet’s painting technique. This painting approach was further developed by Hawthorne’s successor, American colorist Henry Hensche. Students will learn how to simplify complex shapes into basic masses, register the light and shadow planes, dispense with preconceived color notions and establish the all-important Light Key that allows a painting to really "sing.” Depending on the location and time of year, we will either be working inside or out of doors en plein air.


Teaching Painting Color and Light
Angela Manno teaching at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

Spring Poplars
Spring Poplars by Angela Manno, Pastel

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  Painting Color and Light

Dates: Thursday, July 20 -
            Sunday, July 23, 2017

Cost: $500 All meals and accommodations included*
Commuter Rate: $225.
Where: School of Living Arts, New Lebanon, NY (Columbia County)

18 hours of class time including: demonstration, instruction, practice. critique and slide show.

  • Ample individual attention
  • Beginners will work in soft pastel
  • Those proficient in other media are most welcome!

Plein Air Berkshires
Please note our cancellation policy. If we do not meet the required number of students by July 12th, the workshop will be cancelled and your fees returned. If you cancel before July 12th, your fee will be refunded if we can fill your space. If you cancel after July 12th and the workshop is going forward, we will be unable to offer a refund.

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  2017 Color & Light Intensive

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Final Critique:

In a mutually supportive atmosphere, workshops always end with a critique in which each student is invited to share what they have learned and wish to pursue moving forward in their art practice.

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Angela Manno is an internationally exhibited artist who has been teaching still life and landscape painting for over fifteen years at numerous venues including Hunter College in New York, Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, in and around her studios in the Berkshires and in the mountains and high desert of Colorado, in the farmlands of Vermont and the lavender fields of Provence, France. Her approach to capturing radiant color and light in her paintings has been handed down through instructors at the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown, MA, founded by Charles Hawthorne, a contemporary of Claude Monet. Her landscapes have received numerous awards, including the Award for Excellence from the National Parks Academy of the Arts and are featured in the French documentary film, Voyage au Pays des Lavandes (Journey to Lavender Country). Her art is in private collections throughout the US, Europe, South America and the Middle East and in the permanent fine art collections of NASA and the Smithsonian Institution. To see samples of her work, go to:

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