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.


Paint the Glorious Fall Colors in Northern Vermont

Capture the brilliant colors of Autumn in Vermont with highly acclaimed landscape artist Angela Manno. Angela will be teaching her method stemming from the French Impressionists, that will enliven your art no matter what your level of experience. Students will learn the secret to working outdoors in changing light, how to simplify complex shapes into basic masses and establishing the all-important Light Key that allows a painting to really “sing.”

*Materials not included: Materials List
will be provided following registration.
  2-day Intensive Plein Air Workshop

Saturday, 10/6 Sunday, 10/7

9am to 6pm with a long lunch break

Location: Worcester, Vermont

Fee: $110
*Add $15 for two gourmet lunches
    with renowned Chef Steve Bogart*

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

Plein Air Berkshires

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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