In this class, Bennett Vadnais will teach students how to paint architecture and cityscapes from life. While the logistical and artistic challenges are many, the payoff in terms of expanding visual knowledge and experience is well worth the effort. Vadnais will introduce a method of painting that is both flexible and efficient to help manage the lack of control that accompanies working in the elements in New York City. This class is ideal for those interested in plein-air painting and sketching in its own right as well as those who are building skills and source material to be used in creating studio pictures. The class will meet on location around NYC, rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, we will work under cover or in extreme cases, interior spaces. A materials list will be provided. All levels of experience are welcome.
Bennett Vadnais received his art training at the Bougie Studio, MN, the Water Street Atelier, NY, and The Art Students League of New York. His work has earned him various awards including scholarships from the American Society of Classical Realism and The Art Students League. He was also the recipient of both the Edward G. McDowell and the Xavier Gonzalez Travel Grants from The Art Students League in 2003. Vadnais works primarily in acrylic and other water media. While he explores a variety of subject matter, his specialty is urban landscape. He exhibits with George Billis Gallery in NYC and Galerie L’oeil du prince, Paris, France. He has also shown work with Anderson Fine Art Gallery, St. Simons Island, GA, Atlanta Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA, Century Gallery, Alexandria VA, Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, NY, John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, and KB Gallery, New York, NY. Vadnais is an instructor of painting and drawing at Zoll Studio School of Fine Arts in Maryland and also teaches periodic workshops at the Teaching Studios of Art on Long Island.