September 08 2017

Plein Air Painting at Mystic Seaport with Eileen Eder


Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts offers Week-long Plein Air Residency at Mystic Seaport
—- Renowned Artist Eileen Eder to Lead Workshops—

MYSTIC, CONN. –September 8, 2017–  Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, the conservatory arts program of the University of New Haven,  today announced a week-long plein air painting residency at historic Mystic Seaport beginning on Oct. 2.

The workshop will include five intensive days of painting from observation on the waterfront, lead by renowned painter Eileen Eder.

Sponsored by the Center for Arts Programming at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, the residency will run from Monday, Oct. 2 to Friday, Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Eder will provide daily demonstrations on the fundamental principles of painting methods and techniques. In addition to specialized group learning sessions, she also will provide individualized instruction for each student. The accelerated and highly structured learning environment will help students make good decisions and become better painters.

A longtime area resident and Lyme Academy College supporter, Eder received her MFA from the New York Academy of Art. She is an accomplished painter who has won numerous awards both locally and nationally, including top awards for three years running in Artist’s Magazine in the category of Still Life.

A recent top award winner in the Hudson Valley Art Association Juried Exhibit and Solomon’s Plein Air Competition, Eder has exhibited her work at a number of galleries in Connecticut and New York along with juried local and national shows. An experienced instructor, she is known for her positive attitude and works hard to make painting and drawing enjoyable and easy to understand.

In her recent artist statement, Eder writes, “For me, plein-air painting is both exciting and very challenging. Compared to still life it’s like trying to paint a slow moving train that will soon be gone. Composition becomes a greater challenge outdoors as I have to narrow down a big view or modify shapes for a better design. While I try to capture the play of light at whatever time of day I’m working, I also want to give testimony to the character of particular location.”

Residency space is limited and students are encouraged to sign up online as soon as possible.

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