Gallery Talk: The Art & Teaching of Charles Woodbury

  • 07 Sep 2013
  • 7:00 PM
  • York Art Association

The Art & Teaching of Charles H. Woodbury and the Ogunquit Art Colony

This free, 30-minute talk presents an overview of Charles Herbert Woodbury's life and work with an emphasis on how his "art of seeing" philosophy informed his work and how it can inspire today.

Charles Woodbury was a successful plein air and studio painter who founded an influential art school in Ogunquit, Maine in 1898. Over the next 40 years, more than 4,000 students flocked to his innovative “Art of Seeing” outdoor painting class. The school garnered national interest and inspired the formation of an art colony that drew the likes of Edward Hopper, George Bellows, and Robert Henri.

Today, it’s a given that original artistic vision has as much if not more to do with great art than with mere technique. But teaching “how to see like an artist” was a radical idea in the early 1900s, when formal training in the use of paint was generally preceded by years of strictly ordered training in an Academy.

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