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Weir Farm Offers Teens A Free Impressionist-Painting Workshop

A young artist works in the sunken garden at Weir Farm National Historic Site.
A young artist works in the sunken garden at Weir Farm National Historic Site. Photo Credit: Weir Farm National Historic Site
Impressionist artist and educator Dmitri Wright works with a young artist outside on the grounds at Weir Farm National Historic Site.
Impressionist artist and educator Dmitri Wright works with a young artist outside on the grounds at Weir Farm National Historic Site. Photo Credit: Weir Farm National Historic Site
Impressionist artist and educator Dmitri Wright of Greenwich will lead a free painting workshop for teens at Weir Farm National Historic Site.
Impressionist artist and educator Dmitri Wright of Greenwich will lead a free painting workshop for teens at Weir Farm National Historic Site. Photo Credit: Weir Farm National Historic Site
A young artist paints en plein air at Weir Farm National Historic Site.
A young artist paints en plein air at Weir Farm National Historic Site. Photo Credit: Weir Farm National Historic Site

WILTON/RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- A free two-day Teen Impressionist Painting Workshop is offered by Weir Farm National Historic Site in Ridgefield and Wilton to honor and continue the site's artistic tradition.

The free workshop will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 20 and July 21. It is designed for teenagers interested in learning more about the science and poetry of Impressionist landscape painting.

Participants must have a basic understanding of their selected art form and be able to handle their own equipment. It will include introductory classroom lectures, field demonstrations and a critique of the participant’s artwork.

This workshop is just one in a series that will be offered at Weir Farm National Historic Site.

The "How to be an Impressionist Painter Workshop Series" will be taught by Impressionist artist and educator Dmitri Wright, of Greenwich. Wright is the artist-in-residence of the Historical Society of the Town of Greenwich and is an instructor of Impressionist drawing and painting at the Greenwich Art Society, Silvermine School of Art and Weir Farm National Historic Site.

Registration for the teen workshop is free, but space is limited to 12 teens, so call early to secure a spot. First choice will be given to those who have not participated in a previous Impressionist Painting Workshop at Weir Farm National Historic Site. However, for those who wish to return, names will be placed on a wait-list and be considered as space allows.

The tradition of Impressionist painting at Weir Farm National Historic Site dates to 1882, when Julian Alden Weir, the father of American Impressionism, acquired this rural, rustic retreat in Branchville.

To register or for more information, call 203-834-1896 Ext. 28 or visit www.nps.gov/wefa .

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