Paint the Light

With Mary Giammarino. Thursday and Friday, June 9 and 10, 9:30am-12:30pm. Members: $140, Non-Members: $150.

On our first day we will paint blocks in the Hensche tradition to learn to see simple shapes and different color in all light conditions.

On the second day we will paint the figure on the beach or “Mudheads.” This is the 120-year Hawthorne tradition of putting a figure on the beach in silhouette against the sun to see the head as a mass. Students will practice squinting and eliminating detail, light and dark values and warm and cool colors and applying it to painting the Cape Cod landscape. These are fundamentals of painting. They are tools to use for a lifetime of painting whether in the studio or out in nature.


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.