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Plein-Air on the Rockland Waterfront, with Elizabeth O’Reilly

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August 20 @ 10:00 am 3:00 pm

Elizabeth O’Reilly
Folded Rocks, Dunmanus Bay, 2013
Oil on Panel 10″ x 15″
Courtesy Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland ME

This plein air workshop will be conducted primarily in oil paint on the Rockland waterfront. With the Marsden Hartley exhibition at the Farnsworth as our inspiration and launching pad, we will begin our workshop in the museum with “Give Us This Day.” Students will then paint on location and will be assisted in setting up to paint plein air: organizing and laying out a palette, setting up an easel, choosing a composition, and making a painting. A sketchbook will be used to look at the landscape working from: line to shape, design of the rectangle, incorporating light and dark values, color in terms of warm and cool, and learning to see abstract structure.

Specific projects related to composition, color and other formal issues will be assigned whilst also referring to Hartley’s compositions. Starting with small quick studies and limited color palettes, students will quickly build up to longer one-day paintings. An important component will be learning how to sketch and note-take so as to hone observational skills in order to paint away from the site. Daily group critiques are an important component as well as one-on-one instruction and demonstrations. Student participation in critiques is expected and essential.

Elizabeth O’Reilly received her BEd from The National University of Ireland and an MFA from Brooklyn College. She has participated in residencies at the Ballinglen Foundation, Ireland; the UCROSS Foundation, Wyoming; and the Ragdale Foundation, Illinois. O’Reilly has received numerous awards including a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant, a Charles G. Shaw award for painting and a grant from the Peter S. Reed Foundation. She taught an outdoor landscape class at The New School for Social Research for many years and has taught extensively at colleges in New York City, including Parsons School of Design, Brooklyn College, and Pratt Institute. She also taught watercolor and collage at The National Academy School.

She currently teaches at The New York School of the Arts in New York City, and out of her studio in the Gowanus area of Brooklyn. O’Reilly shows at the George Billis Gallery in Chelsea, New York and had a solo show in 2022. She showed at the Caldbeck gallery in Rockland, in the summer of 2020 with Lois Dodd. Her work has been reviewed in Art In America, The New York Sun and Art News. A documentary on her work, Ealaiontoir Thar Saile (An Artist Abroad) was shown on network TV in Ireland. O’Reilly’s work is found in many corporate and public collections, including the State Department, Washington D.C.; The Office of Public Works, Ireland; the Memphis Brooks Museum in Memphis, Tennessee; and the Ogunquit Museum in Maine.

Note: Some previous experience is best.

Cost: $375; $340 members

9 Grace Street
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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