Instructor: Chris Volpe
Monday - Friday
July 15 - 19
9am - 12pm
Much instruction in plein air painting leaves out the best reason to paint at all: exploring the interaction of perception and personal truth. This workshop goes beyond imitating nature to use the objective world as a springboard for expressive design, color, and paint. Over three days painting outdoors followed by two days painting larger work (36” x 36,” or larger) in the studio, we will develop exercises, processes, and disciplines to open new avenues for original work infused with poetry, feeling, and a sense of play. This class functions well for a wide variety of skill levels, but some previous plein air painting experience may be helpful.
Christopher Volpe is an artist, writer, and teacher whose paintings treat the natural world as a site of introspection and metaphor. In addition to teaching studio and plein air painting, he has taught at Montserrat College of Art, the New Hampshire Institute of Art, Chester College of New England, and Franklin Pierce University. He has received the Saint Botolph Club Foundation’s 2017 Emerging Artist and Nellie Taft grant awards as well as fellowships and grants from MassMoCA/Assets for Artists, the NH State Council on the Arts and the NH Humanities Council.