South Pomfret, Vermont
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Seeing Anew: Painting for All Levels

Learn the foundations of painting in a fun and supportive environment.

Want to start painting or continue your painting explorations? Learn the foundations of painting in a fun and supportive environment that will excite your passion for paint and art making! Starting with still lifes and moving on from there, we will cover the basics of how to make a painting, composition, brush technique, color mixing, impasto, glazing, and other painting techniques. This class is open to all levels of experience, whether you have none or have been painting for years. For students with more experience, we will focus on your specific needs. Class discussions will include examples of precedents from art history and will help students learn to examine their own work with an eye toward growth. Students must bring their own materials and are invited to use acrylic or oil (or water-based oil) paint. If using oil paints, please bring an odorless painting medium.

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Note: No class February 15.

Dan Gottsegen’s paintings have been exhibited nationally and are in numerous well known private and public collections. He has also done a number of large scale public artworks across the country, including two in Vermont. He has won many awards and fellowships, including a Vermont Arts Council Individual Artist Creation Grant. Most recently he was the one artist selected for the year for the Cedar Key Wildlife Refuge Residency, during which he lived and painted on an uninhabited island. He was an Associate Professor of painting at University of Massachusetts/ Lowell and a Full Professor for many years at California College of the Arts in the San Francisco.  He has a BA from Brown University and an MFA in Painting from California College of the Arts. For more information about Dan, visit his website

IMPORTANT: The health and safety of our visitors and staff is our #1 priority. If, due to circumstances beyond our control, it becomes necessary for Artistree to close its doors this fall, any in-progress classes will move to an online format.  Our instructors and patrons will keep in mind that a transition to virtual learning is a possibility. Artistree will issue no refunds or credits for classes that cannot continue to run in person and must move to a virtual platform.