[Online] PAAM Collection Series: “The Figure” Part Three: Lester Johnson

With Laura Shabott and Alana Barrett. Saturday, February 19, 1-5pm. Members: $140, Non-Members: $150, Full Series: $420.

Guggenheim Fellow Lester Johnson (1919-2010) exhibited at Provincetown’s Sun Gallery (1954-60), and created bold figurative work worth noting and unpacking in order to learn his approach to drawing and painting the human form.

Our course begins with a presentation of works from PAAM’s collection by Lester Johnson and his association with the Sun Gallery. When the model arrives online, we continue with three hours of drawing and painting exercises that embody and demonstrate the impasto and drip techniques employed by Johnson.

A safe and insightful critique follows with a focus of gestural mark-making and action painting. No matter what your level of experience, you will leave with artwork, an understanding of action drawing and painting, and an afternoon well spent with other artists.


This is the third of a three-part workshop series, “The PAAM Collection: The Figure.” Learn more about Part One: Hans Hofmann and Part Two: Robert Beauchamp.

Students may either sign up for an individual workshop or for the entire series at once by specifying “Shabott Barrett Series” at registration. The full series also include 3 sessions of our renowned Chester I. Solomon Life Drawing.

PAAM was established in 1914 by a group of artists and townspeople to build a permanent collection of works by artists of outer Cape Cod, and to exhibit art that would allow for unification within the community. The permanent collection includes work by important artists such as Charles Hawthorne, Hans Hofmann, and Blanche Lazzell.

Today, PAAM’s Teaching Artists continue the artistic traditions of their predecessors by studying their work and recounting their stories. This workshop series is your personal guide through PAAM’s permanent collection, which contains some of the most influential works of art in American History. Reinvigorate your own artistic practice by celebrating the legacy of the Provincetown Art Colony.


Laura Shabbot

Provincetown-based Laura Shabott makes paintings, drawings and collage that respond to the human form with boldness and originality. She is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston at Tufts, a frequent Returning Resident at the Fine Arts Work Center, and represented by Berta Walker Gallery. www.laurashabott.com

Alana Barrett

Miami-based Alana Barrett is a multidisciplinary artist that works across a variety of mediums, including paint, woodworking, electronics, and fabrics. Her work is united by playful spatial relationships, whimsical perspectives, her curious nature, and willingness to experiment. Barrett is a graduate of the University of Miami, with an undergraduate degree in Studio Art. www.alanacbarrett.com

In response to the pandemic, they created Shabott + Barrett, a virtual art school which partners with arts institutions to co-create dynamic online programming. Learn more at www.shabottbarrett.com