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Learn From The Masters with Kelley MacDonald

  • Thursday, April 04, 2024
  • Thursday, May 02, 2024
  • 4 sessions
  • Thursday, April 04, 2024, 9:30 AM 12:30 PM (EDT)
  • Thursday, April 11, 2024, 9:30 AM 12:30 PM (EDT)
  • Thursday, April 25, 2024, 9:30 AM 12:30 PM (EDT)
  • Thursday, May 02, 2024, 9:30 AM 12:30 PM (EDT)
  • 157 Old Main Street Marshfield MA
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Throughout the ages artists have studied with and learned from masters of the craft.  In this class we will take 4 artists who’s great skill at painting has been inspirational and influential.  We’ll study the different techniques of 4 different artists, some from history, some from the present time, and examine their techniques, figuring out their particular methods of creating paintings.  With this knowledge we will create our own paintings… either a copy of one of their works, for our own edification, or paint a subject of our choice using their methods.  It will be both fun and challenging and we will all grow from this experience! Best for artists familiar with their medium. 

Monet, Van GoghEdward HopperColin Page

*please note, no class during April Vacation*

This class is along the lines of the book ‘Steal Like An Artist” by Austin Kleon, whose book by the same name is a great addition to any artist’s library.  Join us and explore techniques that will inspire you and push you to grow your own style!

About the Instructor: Kelley MacDonald 

After getting her Art History degree at Wheaton College, Kelley continued taking art classes at various Art Associations for 10 years before she started painting.  First with watercolor, then oil and now happily with acrylic and mixed media, it has been a lifetime of growing and exploring all things art.  

Kelley has won numerous awards, and has taught classes and workshops for many years.  While for the majority of her career Kelley has been a literal, representational painter, in the past 4 years she has been diving into abstraction, particularly Intuitive Abstraction.  The history involved on the canvas, the multiple layers, the reveal and conceal and push and pull are what attracts her to this method. 

A favorite thing to do is to travel, and be inspired by different landscapes and  cityscapes.  Kelley has traveled to Holland to paint, along with many places on this side of the ocean, namely Nova Scotia, Sedona, Santa Fe, St. Simon’s Island, Seattle, San Miguel de Allende, MX, California and Maine. 

In 2009 Kelley founded the Artists’ Challenge Group “Girls Just Wanna Paint” which is a collection of award winning artists  who post a response to a new topic every month consecutively since July of 2009. Aside from the Providence Art Club Kelley is a member of the North River Arts Society in Marshfield, MA.  She has taught at the Art Club, Bristol Art Museum, and at North River Arts Society.

Materials List for Learn From The Masters

You can choose whatever medium you have experience with. Kelley will be painting with acrylics. You will need:

A canvas or substrate between 9x12 to 16x20.

A Sketchbook and ‘paintable’ paper such as canva pads or paper for acrylics, etc. to experiment on.

In your medium:

  • a warm red (cad red light) and a cool red (alizarin crimson or magenta or rose)
  • A warm blue (pthalo or cerulean) and a cool blue (ultramarine)
  • A warm yellow (cad yellow medium) and a cool yellow (lemon)
  • White and burnt umber and black if you like.

Paper towels, tubs for water, aprons or painting shirt

Pencils, ink pen, 

Bring your open heart and a beginners mind.  All levels familiar with their medium.

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