Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Just Three Openings Left! Maine Painting Workshop September 3-10, 2017

18 magnificent ocean-front acres at Wooster Farm

If you love the work of Boston School painter Frank Benson, imagine that you could stay for a week at his home and studio on North Haven Island in Maine. Then picture yourself studying with artist Tom Dunlay, creator of some of the most iconic Boston area paintings in the last half century. Tom explains, “We will be focusing on how the Boston Painters approached their work out of doors, concentrating on figure and landscape. I want to share some of the insights that were passed down to me by Mr. R.H. Ives Gammell, who, in turn, was a student of Benson and William McGregor Paxton.”

You can make it happen – now! Tom has just announced three openings left in his September 3-10 workshop this year, and this opportunity should be snapped up quickly.

Tom's workshops are enthusiastically recommended by those who have attended them:
I had a great week painting in the Berkshires last week with a great group of painters via Tom Dunlay's workshop. We learned so much from Tom and each other, and we all get totally consumed in painting, art talk and art history along with a LOL!!! It is pure art heaven for anyone who wants to really dig in for a week to help make themselves much more knowledgeable about painting.” D.D.  

I can attest that this was one of the most valuable and instructive workshops I've attended. Under Tom's patient, kind, knowledgeable, and positive instruction, I was able to leave with a much better sense of who I was as an artist, what I needed to focus on in order to grow, and a much broader understanding of art history and its importance and relevance in the modern world.” L.H.

I found the instruction I received during his Nantucket workshop to be incredibly helpful at many levels - from materials, to techniques, to how to see, think about and capture a scene. One of the fun aspects of the week was being together with a great group of other artists sharing stories and ideas over dinner after a long day painting.” J.R.

Tom made it seem natural if not effortless to be out there, with easel and brush, attempting to capture the character of a place. His evidential love of teaching and passing along of his knowledge quickly became comforting and contagious and I was eager to learn and absorb its rich history. Tom's generous and gracious technical instruction was handed out in much the same manner as his painting style - with gentle yet decisive words and demonstrations that came at just the right time and place. Color, light, shape all appeared more evident to me under his tutelage and grew throughout the week.” C.S.

In addition to the instruction and historic residence, the island scenery, wonderful food and comraderie with fellow artists will make this a most enjoyable and memorable week.

To find out more or to sign up, visit Tom's blog at and click on the “Maine Workshops” and the “Sign Up” tabs.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Wet and Wild in Williamstown

Tom Dunlay likes a challenge - and likes to challenge his students. What could be more inspiring to those who love the Boston approach than having a workshop and residency in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and staying in the summer home and studios of R.H. Ives Gammell?

Not only that, but Tom is taking them to paint where he and other students did under Mr. Gammell's tutelage - in the middle of a river! An elderly but determined Mr. Gammell would climb down the river bank and wade over to where they were painting to critique their work. That experience is what Tom is giving to his students in Williamstown.

Touring the Clark Museum of Art collection
"A fabulous workshop with the most amazing people!" Tom Dunlay