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Hello Painters!

Please see my spring and early summer classes listed here. I hope that you can find something that meets your schedule.

All the best to you,

Emily Passman

Floral Oil Sketches

Offered through the Featherstone Center for the Arts 

Tuesday June 16 On ZOOM 

12–4PM EST

It’s spring! Let’s paint flowers.
Do you like the feeling of the freshness and immediacy of a sketch but also want to paint flowers? In this 4-hour class we will make some quick floral sketches and build them into a final painting. Learn layering techniques, ways to bring the element of drawing back into a painting, and learn some methods of working with brushstrokes so that your painting can retain the beauty of a sketch, while using full color.
We will be painting and drawing on arches paper. This class is for acrylic or oil painters.

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Seeing, Painting and Sketching the Landscape

A plein air painting weekend in beautiful Rockport, MA.
Offered through the Rockport Art Association & Museum

June 24th & 25th in person


We will walk to close-by locations with our sketchbooks, painting materials and easels and find pleasing landscapes near the Art Association. Come and learn methods to simplify and excite with paint. The workshop will include demos, exercises, and critiques. My workshops are hardworking yet informal. Participants may paint in oil or acrylic. Space is limited. 

Sign up here

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An Old Photo, a New Look

Offered through the Featherstone Center for the Arts 

July 19, 20, 21   9–12 Noon

Using your photo as a reference and starting point only…I will introduce methods to make quick “paint-sketches” to begin to take chances and push color, size, composition, and break through fears about your painting process.  Through a series of guided exercises, I will assist you to find fresh ways of seeing an old photo. Push to loosen up and follow new techniques to bring more expression and immediacy to your work. 
This class is for oil or acrylic painters, intermediate or advanced. 
It’s time stop copying photos, to give your paintings a push! 

Plein Air, From Sketches to Finished Piece

Offered through the Concord Art Association and Museum
4 Days in July - 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th  10 – 2 PM In person

You want to paint representationally, but with a sketch-like freshness ...
Set up an easel or drawing-board on your lap on the beautiful patio at Concord Art in Concord Center. The steep hill behind the patio offers a canvas of lush flora, a waterfall, and sculptures. There are also buildings: a shed, the neighboring homes, Concord Art itself! We will enjoy sketching and painting together on the flagstone patio with the comforts of bathroom facilities, a kitchen and a studio to use in the event of inclement weather.
Join me in drawing and painting from observation in either oils or acrylic paints and get back to the joy of the observational Plein Air experience. 
Students are able to leave their artwork and supplies in the studio throughout the workshop.
Sign up here


Studio Salon Week at the East Street Art Barn

5 painters MAX

July 3, 5, 6, 7  9–12 noon  $120/day $450 all 4 days

Come to the studio for a small salon-style painting session. Bring a bag lunch, I will have snacks and drinks. I will set up a still life, help you paint plein air or assist you with whatever you choose to work on. Sometimes painters use photos as reference. I have hundreds to choose from. 

Sign up here

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Ink and Watercolor Florals at the East Street Art Barn
5 artists MAX 

June 20, 21 22,    10–12 Noon $180.

This course covers varied drawing and sketching techniques using ink and watercolor.  A perfect skill for traveling and sketch-booking during your summer. This is a small class in order to allow for a more personal learning experience.

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Private ZOOM classes or critique sessions

I have slots available during the summer in person in my studio. 

Email me to arrange.

A DEMO!  Rockport Art Association & Museum

12 Main St, Rockport, MA 01966
August 16th - 6:30 PM
The subject of my demo will be my series of Cape Ann Rooftops. 
Members free, General public $10

More info: Rockport Art Association & Museum

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