"Examining our surroundings in detail, seeing beauty not only in the spectacular but also in the smallest growing things" (Lowenfeld) – this is the main idea behind Boston Art classes developed by Diana Stelin. In addition to work in our cozy Brighton studio, small plein-air outings are held at every opportunity in our varied New England climate.
School's main focus is the training of Boston students of all ages to connect with their surroundings. Returning to some of the same environments during different times of day and through different seasons, students develop their observation skills and increase their knowledge about the world around them.
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* Sample of local venues used for plein-air sessions:
The Plein-Air Art Academy’s instruction practices are fine-tuned with the help of art therapists and child development psychologists.
Art classes are augmented with weekly art history lessons and museum and gallery trips.
In the cooler months we experiment with a progression of age appropriate art materials such as tempera, oil and chalk pastels, collages, watercolor, charcoal, palette knives and wax medium, encaustic. We print stories, make masks and characters out of clay, while exploring masterworks. We incorporate academic studies of stillife along with shading, highlights, and chiaroscuro techniques. Anatomical, portraiture and timed gestural lessons are another addition for when the class is held inside.
* Parents expected to drive students to plein-air locations specified prior to class.