Parrish Art: Artmaking & Ceramic Classes, Open Studios Offered

Mary O’Malley teaches basic ceramic techniques where participants create their own porcelain vase;
the Museum’s popular Landscape Painting and Life Drawing classes continue.

Teaching artist Eric Dever;  drawing courtesy Linda Capello; teaching artist Barbara Thomas.

To provide a convenient, flexible weekend schedule of art classes for adults taught by master teachers, the Parrish Art Museum has created two new art making opportunities on Saturdays. Beginning April 7, painter Eric Dever will lead monthly Open Studio sessions, which are free with Museum admission. Beginning Saturday June 9, Mary O’Malley will teach Sculpting Nature, a 3-session ceramics technique class where participants will create their own porcelain vases.

In addition, the Parrish will continue artist Barbara Thomas’s popular Landscape Painting series on Thursdays, with a new session beginning April12. Life Drawing classes with artist Linda Capello begin on Monday, April 23.

“Saturday Open Studios will offer a supportive and accessible environment to try something new,” said Cara Conklin-Wingfield, Parrish Art Museum Director of Education. “All the classes welcome beginners and emphasize ways to find personal inspiration in materials, nature, and the Parrish collection with guidance from experienced artists.”

Expanding on its established Open Studios for Families, the Parrish will begin to offer Open Studios for adults on the first Saturday of every month, from 1 pm – 3 pm. Participants will explore painting and mixed-media with guidance from Dever, a Parrish collection artist, to create a variety of work inspired by the Museum’s collection and current exhibition. The focus of the April 7workshop is Mixed Media, including paint tar, plaster, and 3D objects. The May 5 class explores Acrylic Paint, such as glazes, impasto, imprinting, and photo transfer. Paint & Collage are the topics of the June 2 Open Studio. The sessions are free for Members, and free with the price of Museum admission ($12).  Materials will be provided.

In Landscape Painting, Barbara Thomas teaches the principles of genre with in preparation for her outdoor summer painting en plein air workshops. Participants study proportions, perspective, and composition by examining works in the Museum, and learn to use materials to create clouds, grass, trees, and all their colors, light, and shadows. The 3-session series begins Thursday, April 12; deadline for registration is April 10. The entire course is $210, or $175 for Members.

Students develop figure-drawing skills in Life Drawing classes with Linda Capello. Male and female models are observed and drawn using the techniques of gesture sketches and longer duration observations. All classes are scheduled for Mondays, 11am – 1pm. Participants may register for a series of five sessions, starting April 23; or “drop in” to individual sessions. The age requirement is 15 and older; all skill levels are welcome. Participants are asked to provide their own dry media supplies, outlined on the Parrish website. The fee for the entire series is $150, or $125 for Members. Individual classes are $30, or $25 for Members.

In Sculpting Nature, a three-session workshop on Saturdays, June 9, 16, and 23 from 2– 4:30 pm, participants learn ceramic production techniques as they make a decorative porcelain vase. Mary O’Malley teaches basic to intermediate slip casting and mold-making techniques based on her own body of work. All skill levels are welcome, and materials will be provided.  The fee is $190, or $155 for Members

To register for any class, visit; or call 631-283-2118 x130.

The Parrish Art Museum’s educational programming is supported, in part, by The Stanley and Fiona Druckenmiller Fund, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Long Island Community Foundation, May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Robert Lehman Foundation, The John J. McDonnell Margaret T. O’Brien Foundation, Patricia and David Rung, William Talbott Hillman Foundation, Bobbie Braun/The Neuwirth Foundation, and Town of Southampton. Additional support for the Parrish education programs is provided by the Museum’s annual Spring Fling benefit fundraiser.


Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in residence.  The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.



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