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The Art of Nature: Landscape Art Immersion

High Mowing students in the Art Immersion Project sketch outside on a beautiful spring day.

Each moment is a unique masterpiece fleeting by. Capture its reality. 
~ Cezanne

What creation could be more inspiring to an artist than Nature? Over a two week period, students dove into Nature, doing landscape art in charcoal, chalk pastel, watercolor paint and oils. Technical instruction was given, but students had freedom to develop their own style as well. Other activities included meditation, journaling, visiting local artist studios and museums, and researching the work of master landscape artists. Follow the artistic adventures of eight students, led by teachers Rachael Johnson and Peter Sheen, as they explored our local region.

More Painting Outdoors

More photos from our excursions to the Contoocook River on Cavender Road in Peterborough and behind the school in Frye Field. We are so fortunate to have this view in our backyard!

Contoocock River and Frye Field

Posted by HMS on Thursday May 15 at 08:54PM
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Museum of Fine Arts

Another photo from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston where we spent the day last Friday. We focused especially on exhibits from Europe and the Americas, especially noticing landscape paintings. We ended the day spending a good half hour in the Impressionist gallery admiring master works by Monet, Renoir and more from up close and from standing farther away. It is so different to see the real paintings, after seeing them so often in prints! How wonderfully the artists understood how to create a mood with color and give the impression of a moment my honoring colors and light. A happy side note: the McClain Foundation kindly made a donation to the museum to ensure that all school groups from New Hampshire may visit the museum for free.

at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston

Posted by HMS on Thursday May 15 at 08:52PM
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Large Panel Painting

We spent two days painting large panels.

painting large panels





Posted by HMS on Thursday May 15
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From Museum to Riverbank

We visited the Museum of Fine Arts on Friday and took in all the great artwork.

Then we spent a beautiful day on the Contoocook River taking in all the inspiring surroundings. 

Students say:

It's a lot of fun spending time in nature allowing plenty of time to focus on art. ~Federica

It is really nice to focus on Nature at the beginning of springtime. ~Cordelia

It is a wonderful opportunity to learn to use different mediums and decide which materials work best for which scenes.  ~Jessica

students visit the Museum of Fine Arts than take inspiration from the Contoocook River

Posted by HMS on Tuesday May 13 at 12:09PM
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Beginning with Pastels

The group began two weeks of art immersion with an exercise in pastels which included three challenges:
  1. use all primary colors and their complimentary colors
  2. include a hard edge and a soft edge where each pair of complimentary colors meet
  3. keep the laws of warm and cool colors in mind in the composition

Youli's work is on the left, and Amelia's on the right. Below, Tony and Peter discuss the assignment.

pastel color work from first day

Posted by HMS on Wednesday May 7 at 03:38PM
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Inspired by Four Corners Farm

Students visited the neighboring farm, Four Corners Farm, and made charcoal drawings. Cordelia's is on left, and Breyanna's on the right. Same view, but still so different!

Two views of Four Corners Farm in Wilton NH

Posted by HMS on Wednesday May 7
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