What Do I Paint? with Priscilla Coote

$190, $170 mbrs. (discounted price will display for members upon login)

Students will meet in the third floor Kat in the Hat Classroom, 533 Eaton Street

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Oil painting of a hen crossing a bright orange and yellow road in front of a green Adirondack chair.


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Class Description

What Do I Paint? A simple question, or is it? Choices, choices.

Narrowing it all down and then deciding how to go about it will be the essence of this class. Students will sort through their own photos and/or sketches to find the perfect one. Then be guided toward the best approach to take to achieve a painting they can be happy with. They will learn techniques to use as a template for their future work.

Day one will be exploration of and decision upon source materials, and the start of our painting. Day two will be the resolution of the painting, with small instructor demos throughout.

All levels.

Meet Your Instructor

Priscilla Coote has been mesmerized by the water for her entire life. There are family tales of their near-capsizing during a sudden squall when she was an infant; followed by more tales of living aboard and 39-day motorsailor deliveries down the East Coast.

​Priscilla has been called a Tonalist in a Colorist world. A New Englander by birth, she has spent the last twenty-plus years in the Florida Keys, with its blinding sunlight and saturated hues. She has found reconciliation between these polar opposites of imagery into her own style only after years of diligently painting en plein air in both North and South, and then carrying her inspirations into the studio. She has made a lifelong study of how the placement and intensity of light and dark areas within a painting create its mood and atmosphere. She will sometimes emphasize rather than minimize the distortions of the camera. Vignetting, lens flare and color shifts are favorite tools of hers, and quite useful in the creation of mood. In addition, she is a serious student of the anatomy of water itself, delighting in how the careful rendering of even a mere ripple can make a successful painting.

​She has recently been juried into the American Society of Marine Artists’ 18th National Exhibition, traveling to five museums across the country; as well as national exhibitions at the Channel Islands Museum, Oxnard CA; Visual Arts Center’s Biennial; and Coos Bay WA and Mystic CT Maritime Museums.

​She is a Signature Member of ASMA, and featured in many publications including Fine Art Connoisseur, Southwest Art, Sail Magazine; books Best of America Oil, Best of Worldwide Charcoal, Pastel and Pencil; and had work shown on Netflix and HGTV. She has taken recent awards in national and international plein air painting events and been juried into more for the upcoming season. She is represented in galleries in Key West, Naples, Palm Beach, Nantucket and Nantes, France.

Supply List

Students supply their own ideas in the form of photos and sketches. Bring several.

A complete classroom-ready setup in the painting medium of their choice:

  • two 12×16 canvases or quarter-sheet-size mounted papers
  • a sketchbook or sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 paper
  • a regular pencil and a fat black pencil, charcoal or marker
  • a 12″ ruler
  • if using oils, please bring Gamsol as the only solvent, and no strong-smelling mediums.

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