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Plein-Air Painting Course Offered at the Clark this Fall

For Immediate Release

September 07, 2007

This fall explore the world of plein-air landscape painting as inspired by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute's wealth of landscape paintings by Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, and others during the four part course “Plein-Air Painting the Berkshire Autumn.” Classes will be held on Saturdays, September 22 and 29, and October 6 and 13, from 10 am to 12 pm. Cost is $80 ($68 for members), register by calling Northern Berkshire Creative Arts at 413-663-8338 or by visiting (www.nbcreativearts.org).

Using oils and acrylics, the class—led by professional illustrator and painter John McDonald—will focus on simple techniques and the basic elements of painting. The course will be held outdoors, weather permitting. Appropriate for adults at all levels of experience. Parent/teenager pairs are encouraged. A materials list will be provided.

McDonald has been painting and illustrating for over 26 years and has belonged to the Graphic Artists Guild, Society of Illustrators, and Illustrator's Partnership of America. McDonald’s work has included editorial, advertising, institutional, book, web, and packaging assignments. His work has appeared in US News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Architectural Digest, Sports Illustrated, and The Los Angeles Times, and he has received many awards and his work has been published in The Artist’s Magazine, among others. Locally, McDonald has exhibited in solo shows at The Harrison Gallery in Williamstown, Ars Nova Gallery in North Adams, and Southern Vermont College in Bennington, VT.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA.&;The galleries are open daily July 1 through September 16, 10 am to 5 pm (closed Mondays September 17 through June 30). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May.&;For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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