PAAM Traditions Series | Charles Hawthorne and Impressionist Light

With Christine Niles. Monday and Tuesday, June 6 and 7, 9:30am-12:30pm. Member: $140, Non-Members: $150.

This class serves as an introduction to the paintings, teaching and techniques of Charles Hawthorne and will prepare students to begin painting plein air in the Impressionistic style.

We will view works from the PAAM collection, discuss painting terms such as value, light key, local color, masses and spots, give an overview of color theory and how it applies to painting the light of the Outer Cape, and experiment with mixing and applying oil paint. This class may be taken alone but is designed as a foundation class for Mary Giamarino’s plein air painting workshop.


A native New Englander, Christine began her art studies at The Swain School of Design earning a BFA in painting and textile design. After many years working as a fine craft artist, Christine returned to painting. With a love for both color and nature, Christine is inspired by Cape Cod Impressionist painters Charles Hawthorne and Henry Hensche. She lives in Provincetown, MA where she paints both plein air and in the studio, capturing the atmosphere and beauty that is unique to the Outer Cape. Currently her work can be viewed at Kmoe Gallery, Provincetown.