Week of February 11th – February 17th
Did You Know?
The Impressionists got their name from an article written by Louis Leroy in 1874 called “The Exhibition of the Impressionists”. The article is written as a dialogue between two people commenting on the works of Monet, Degas, Renoir, Pissarro, Sisley, Cézanne, Guillaumin and Berthe Morisot. It is entirely satirical, commenting on the artists lack of precision, even going so far as to call their work lazy.
“Impression I was certain of it. I was just telling myself that, since I was impressed, there had to be some impression in it — and what freedom, what ease of workmanship! A preliminary drawing for a wallpaper pattern is more finished than this seascape.” – Louis Leroy, The Exhibition of Impressionists
Impressionism is one of the movements in the art world. It is characterized by loose, small brush strokes, an open composition, with an emphasis on the characteristics of light, ordinary subjects, the inclusion of unusual angles and movement. Early on the artists were considered radicals who rejected the academic painting rules. They moved from painting in studios to outdoors, aka en plain air, to capture the effects of natural sunlight, and everyday scenes.
Impressionism eventually expanded into both literature and music. The general public, who at first rejected Impressionism, began to embrace it.
To read more:
The article written by Leory: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Exhibition_of_the_Impressionists
Wiki Article on Impressionism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impressionism
- Field trip Friday: February 16th we are going to the Dalí Museum to explore renowned French Impressionist paintings alongside the early Dalí works they inspired. Monet, Renoir, Degas and more. Payment must be made in advance to the LEC. You can also pay for your own ticket through the Dali, we just ask you show us that you bought your ticket separately. We are meeting at the LEC at 10am and will go for lunch after we see the museum.
- Beginning Conversational Spanish with Ricardo and Cathy is continuing through March. We are so happy that you all are enjoying the class.
- Diamond Painting with Julie Buchanan is now on Fridays from 10-12. Join us weekly and enjoy this fun, creative art style. Kits are available for purchase.
- Abstract Painting with Sarah Hanson is back on Tuesdays. Class goes from 1:00-3:00pm in person and on Zoom. It is $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers. This class will focus on painting more freely and the development of an individual’s artistic process. With an abstract approach, we will examine the principles of art, grow painting skills and work to recognize and release artistic bias. Open to all skill levels.
- Photo Club has two February Field Trips. Weather permitting, Tuesday February 13th they will be going to the Florida State Fair at 3pm, and meeting at Gate 2 at the Florida Center Building. The second field trip is to Eureka Springs Park on Saturday, February 17th at 10am. It is $2 a vehicle for parking. The Photo Club Zoom meeting will be on Wednesday February 21st at 1:30pm.
- The Colored Pencil Workshop is officially FULL. We are thrilled with how many of you are interested. If you’d like to be put on a waitlist for a future class, be sure to let Morgan know.
- The State Fair is going on now through February 19th. While you’re there be sure to check out our LEC artists in the Florida Center. This year we had 51 pieces from 22 artists entered in the fair; see if you can find them all. Be sure to stop by our table in the morning and say hello to our demoing artists.