Jennifer Senft’s writing workshop is inspired magical photographs on view,

Barbara Thomas offers two Landscape Painting courses, and

Linda Capello continues her popular Life Drawing classes

Painting en plein air; Sunday at Billy’s, Linda Capello. Photo courtesy the artist; The Art of Creative Writing, 2016 


To provide a convenient, flexible schedule of late morning classes taught by master teachers for adults, the Parrish Art Museum is offering three art technique and one art-inspired writing class in June and July. Starting on June 7, the Parrish will continue artist Barbara Thomas’s Landscape Painting Prep series on Friday mornings, followed by her popular Painting the East End en plein air classes starting July 5. On Thursday mornings beginning June 13, Jennifer Senft will lead The Art of Creative Writing, and Life Drawing classes with artist Linda Capello resume on Monday mornings as of July 1.


“All the classes welcome beginners and emphasize ways to find personal inspiration in materials, nature, and the Parrish collection with guidance from experienced artists,” said Cara Conklin-Wingfield, Parrish Art Museum Director of Education.


In Landscape Painting Prep, Barbara Thomas teaches the principles of the genre in preparation for her outdoor summer painting en plein air workshops. Participants study proportions, perspective, and composition by examining works in the Museum, and learn to use materials to create clouds, grass, trees, and all their colors, light, and shadows. The 4-session series is scheduled for Fridays, June 7, 14, 21, and 28, from 10am–12:30pm. The entire course is $175 for Members; $210 for nonmembers.


A perfect follow up is Thomas’s 5-session Painting the East End en plein air class, on Fridays from 10am –12:30 pm, July 5, 12, 19, 26, and August 2. Participants at all skill levels experience painting outside in a variety of settings including regional gardens and the Parrish landscape. The series is open to adults (age 15+), and the first class meets at the Parrish. Participants are asked to arrange for their own materials. A supply list and direction to locations will be provided at registration. The fee for all 5 classes is $360 Members; $450 nonmembers.


In The Art of Creative Writing, a 3-session workshop on Thursdays, June 13, 20, and 27 from 10am–1pm, Jen Senft guides writers at all levels through prompts and instruction based on the exhibition Jean-Luc Mylayne: A Matter of Place, and leads roundtable discussions where participants offer constructive, congenial feedback. Mylayne’s photographs of birds and nature bring together stasis and movement, calm and tension, reflecting his personal interest in humanity’s impact on the environment. Participant will explore their own visions of life, nature, and self through Senft’s thoughtful writing exercises. The fee is $145 Parrish members; $185 nonmembers.


Students of all skill levels develop figure-drawing skills in Life Drawing classes with master figure drawing artist Linda Capello. Male and female models are observed and drawn using the techniques of gesture sketches and longer duration observations. Classes are scheduled for Mondays, 11am – 1pm. Participants may register for the series of four sessions (July 1, 8, 15, and 22); or drop into individual sessions. The age requirement is 15 and older, and participants are asked to provide their own dry media supplies, outlined on the Parrish website. The fee for the entire series is $95 for Members; $115 nonmembers. Individual classes are $25 for Members; $30 for nonmembers.


To register for any class, visit; or call 631-283-2118 x130.


Parrish Art Museum

Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in residence.  The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.


Parrish Art Museum construction photographs © Jeff Heatley.


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