Weir Farm Art Academy
Impressionist Plein Air Workshops
@ Weir Farm National Historic Site, Wilton CT
Since 2011 Dmitri Wright, the Master Artist & Instructor for the National Park Service @ Weir Farm National Historic Site has taught plein air painting workshops in the American Impressionist Tradition. Students of all levels are introduced to the philosophy and techniques of the masters through his Weir Farm Art Academy curriculum.
1 & 2 Day Introductory Plein air Workshops with Dmitri
Adults and Teens
National Park Service Free Workshops
For Dates and to Register
4 - Day Plein Air Workshops with Dmitri
co-sponsored with Silvermine Art Center
A world away awaits you in one of the nation’s finest remaining landscapes for American art in the only national park dedicated to American painting. Discover the plein air experience at Weir Farm National Historic Site, home of J. Alden Weir and American Impressionism. The workshop will include introductions to the academy methods, philosophy, and techniques used by the American Impressionists and practical ways to apply them using your own natural abilities to create a personalized visual narrative of this unique New England landscape. Dmitri, as the master artist/instructor for the park, will teach from his Weir Farm Art Academy curriculum for students to come away with a renewed vision and voice. The historic Burlingham Barn Studio will be our base for the workshop days.
This is open to all levels, painting media, and styles from abstract to realism; and those new to the plein air experience. Set against a rural Connecticut landscape that has been painted by thousands of artists from 1882 to the present, Weir Farm is a national legacy of American Impressionism and the creative spirit. A stroll through meadows and woodlands places you right into a painting created by masters like J. Alden Weir. Weir described his farm as “the great good place,” a place cherished and celebrated again and again in canvases that exemplify the brilliant color and light of American Impressionism. Explore this National Park for the Arts and experience creativity, art, and nature.
The historic Bellingham Barn Studio will be our base for the workshop days. This is open to all levels, painting media, and styles from abstract to realism; and those new to the plein air experience.
This 60-acre national park includes the Weir House, Weir and Young Studios, barns, outbuildings, gardens, fields, stonewalls, and Weir Pond also includes successional old fields, successional hardwood forests, vernal wetland areas, streams, a pond, rocky ridges, and walking trails.