As part of “Discover Greenwich” and in the tradition of Cos Cob art colony artists John Henry Twachtman, Theodore Robinson, Childe Hassam and J. Alden Weir—all American Impressionists inspired by Bush-Holley House and its surroundings—the Greenwich Historical Society is offering a plein air painting class on Saturday, May 21, 2022. This class will offer students individualized training in Impressionist painting by teaching artist Dmitri Wright, and will be held at the historic landscape of Cos Cob Park. In addition to art instruction, the program will open with a 15-minute introduction that will orient visitors to the site and its historic significance. The theme, “A Plein Air Experience of Light and Legacy” will focus on recapturing the spirit of the Cos Cob art colony, the cradle of American Impressionism. Participants will then have the opportunity to actively engage in the technique and practice of the school of Impressionism through creation of their own artwork and relive the experience of the first Impressionist artists who were inspired by this historic landscape.
Instructor Dmitri Wright walks in the footsteps of a long line of American Impressionists. His mentor Samuel Brecher studied under Charles W. Hawthorne, founder of the Cape Cod Art School and a student of artist William Merritt Chase. Wright studied under Reuben Tam as a Max Beckman International Scholar at the Brooklyn Museum and, while attending Cooper Union, studied under Wolf Kahn and Will Barnet. As a Master Artist, Wright was the first artist-in-residence at the Greenwich Historical Society.
He is currently the Master Artist/Instructor at Weir Farm National Historic Site for American Impressionists and teaches Impressionism at the Silvermine Art School. Wright’s work embodies the representational method of integrating the impressionist and expressionist schools with an influence rooted in classic art.
Students will be required to supply their own materials and refreshments. Suggested materials include a portable easel, canvas, and medium of choice, including watercolor, acrylics, and oils.