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Course Description

We will be stressing the various ways to get you through to a finished artwork by simplifying a landscape, big sky, and other imagery. We will be working on blocking in composition, setting values, rendering and color using either oils or acrylics. The course will include quick demos, discussions and individual suggestions and is designed for beginners-intermediate painters.

For questions or assistance please contact Elizabeth Buccino, Director of Education

Cancellation Policy

AAN depends upon student tuition to continue to offer classes and workshops. Due to our commitment to small class sizes and the hands-on nature of art education, we are greatly impacted by cancellations. Nevertheless, we do understand that plans change. If you need to cancel your reservation for a class or workshop, please note our cancellation/refund policy here and let us know as soon as possible.


All materials included in tuition.

Nighthawks at the Easel, Spring Session I: Painting Tricks & Techniques, 18+

Robert Frazier

I've been with AAN in about every capacity since 1972...janitor (at first), artist, etc. until today as artistic director. I was born in Ayer, MA. My father taught cryptography for Army Security there at Fort Devens after working with the earliest forerunners of the computer, including Turing’s *bombe* at Bletchley Park, England, during WWII. My mother was a librarian and an oil painter who studied with Emile Albert Gruppé in Gloucester as a teen and with Philip Burnham Hicken on Nantucket in her later years. The code-breaking science of deciphering gibberish into plain text somehow has meshed with a penchant for deciphering the natural world with impressionistic imagery in my own painting, a craft I basically learned from my mother, tho in the mid-1970s I studied with Phil Hicken as well.
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