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UMFK to offer "Painting the Maine Landscape" course

April 8, 2005

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent will offer a landscape painting class for the first three week summer session. The course will begin May 16 and run through June 3, meeting Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. through 11:25 a.m.

Students and community members of the St. John Valley are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.

The Maine landscape through the eyes of the painter is the topic of this course. It combines the actual practice of painting on location with looking at artists who are known for painting Maine as their subject.

The course is open to all levels of experience and particularly to those who have a love for painting the natural beauty of the area. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Students will have the choice of working in pastel, watercolor, or oil. For those with no prior experience, the instructor recommends pastel as the medium of choice.

Multiple field trips within the St. John Valley area will be required as often as weather permits. Practical methods of painting outdoors on location, as well as the use of materials and techniques are emphasized.

"This is a hands-on studio course, where students learn primarily by doing," said Therese Provenzano, the UMFK art instructor who will be teaching the class.

Provenzano will be returning to the area to instruct the landscape painting course. This past year, she spent the fall and spring semester in Philadelphia pursuing a master of fine arts degree at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

The Vermont Studio Center just awarded her with an Artist Residency Grant and Financial Aid Award for July and August. This grant gives her the opportunity this summer to remain focused on developing her thesis.

For more information about the course, contact Provenzano at theresep@maine.edu To register for the course, call the UMFK registrar's office at 834-7520.