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How to Paint What You See: A Week Long Workshop with Donna Rae Hirt
How to Paint What You See: A Week Long Workshop with Donna Rae Hirt

Mon, Jul 11



How to Paint What You See: A Week Long Workshop with Donna Rae Hirt


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Time & Location

Jul 11, 2022, 6:00 PM – Jul 15, 2022, 6:00 PM

Lexington, 130 Waltham St, Lexington, MA 02421, USA

About the Class or Event

5 Day Workshop, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM

Begins July 11, In-Studio

Skill Level: All

Class: $160 (Log in for membership discount prices)



This is a week-long studio course for students of any level to learn observational painting. We will begin with the basics of how to draw and paint what you are actually seeing by allowing our direct response to our visual and visceral senses to decipher color, light and form, and space, using still life as our subject matter.  We will then explore the full range of painting with this medium through discussion, individual instruction, demonstrations, and examples of the techniques and philosophies of the great still life artists past and present.

Students are enthusiastically encouraged to visit the MFA and other local art museums to study actual paintings close up and present!

Note: Students may use oil paint with odorless mineral spirits if they prefer to paint in this medium. No oil paint mediums may be used in class which have toxic vapors such as turpentine contained in many varnishes. If one is experienced in

this medium and doesn't require longer drying times between layers/applications of paint, this an excellent alternative to acrylics. List of supplies for oil painting by request of the instructor.


Students will need to purchase materials on the list here before the start of the class.

This is a 5 day class: Monday, July 11-Friday, July 15

About the instructor: 

Donna Rae Hirt is a Professor Emeritus of Painting, Drawing, and Printmaking at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, with almost 50 years of extensive teaching experience. She is also an artist whose work has been displayed in many institutions including, the Smithsonian Museum, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Minnesota Institute of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco.

Please take a look at our registration policy and our current covid policy before your class.

Local dining options, accommodations, and more information about our facility can be found HERE.  For any other questions our contact information is HERE.


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