Friday, July 15, 2011
Praise for FAS Instructor Hank McLaughlin
Brion Johnson, who just completed the Master Course in Oil and Watercolor Painting, wrote to us about his experience:
First and foremost, having taken several workshops with notable, nationally recognized instructors, I can say without question that THE most valuable aspect of the FAS course for me were the critiques written by Hank McLaughlin. Always thoughtful and well considered, Hank’s critiques offered me more substantive, useful feedback about my work than I have received in any other venue. Hank’s critiques surpassed the reviews that I received in more “hands-on” environments from some very well-known artists who are also considered great teachers. Hank is a treasure.
We agree, of course! Thanks, Brion, for taking the time to send us this enthusiastic review. (More information about Hank McLaughlin)
Here are some examples of Brion’s artwork:
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
End of an era for the Barnes Foundation
The Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania, was a unique treasure house of Impressionist and early modernist painting and sculpture. The eccentric collector, Albert C. Barnes, not only amassed a huge collection of works by giants such as Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso, Modigliani, and Seurat. He also intended these masterpieces to be seen in a particular way, so that viewers would learn from them how to look at and appreciate great art. So he arranged his collection so that the pieces would “speak” to each other, echoing colors and themes and shapes.
Sadly for the many art lovers who visited the Foundation over the years, its location in the suburbs of Philadelphia is now closed, and the collection will be moved to a new building in downtown Philadelphia. Though the works themselves will always reward the visitor, something of the magic of Barnes’s vision will certainly be lost in this move.
Click here to take a virtual tour of the collection in its original and intended home.
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