[Outdoors] Keep It Simple: A Plein Air Painting Class

With Mary Giammarino. Monday-Friday, June 13-17, 9:30am-12:30pm. Members: $380, Non-Members: $400.

In this Plein Air impressionist painting class, we will look at the Cape Cod landscape to find the big simplicity.

Our goals will be simplifying and reducing our compositions to the essentials in attempt to unlearn what our preconceived ideas of what “things” look like, such as, blue sky, green grass and other iconic shapes such as trees, houses, and people. We do not draw; we squint to see the shape and paint it from the inside out. To help with our goal we will limit our pallets to a warm and cool of the primary colors and we will use large inexpensive brushes, squeegees and putty knives.


Mary studied fine art at Greenfield Community College in Greenfield Massachusetts and continued her art studies with a scholarship at the University of Massachusetts. During this time Mary discovered the book Hawthorne on Painting. This book and nature, always her inspiration, led her to Provincetown. Mary has been returning to Provincetown every spring since 1989. She continues to be committed to Plein Air painting in the impressionist tradition of Hawthorne and to sharing her painting knowledge with her students. Mary’s home is in Vermont with her husband, the sculptor John Cassin, their two dogs, Paris and Hunter, and their cat, Seamus.