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Established in 1982 the Ingbretson Studo of Drawing and Painting provides a direct link to the Nineteenth Century Boston School* approach to painting featuring:
Direct Painting Academic Draughtsmanship Impressionist Color Sound Composition Painterly Craft
Painting the "Visual Impression" as the Boston School taught it - studying the relational world of line, value and color in the production of shape, form, gesture and light.
Picture Making is the vehicle for the training with strong emphasis on composition.
Sound Painterly Craft is incorporated from the start.
Program Progression is from cast drawing to still life painting, to figure drawing, and portrait and figure painting.
Ingbretson's Personal Critiques, the basis of the instruction, are weekly and often more frequent with additional part-time assistance by artists who have successfully completed his training.
Seminars are provided in memory drawing, anatomy, perspective, and intensive composition.
Summer Landscape workshops on direct impressionist 'en plein air' painting provided as weather permits.
Guided tours of significant east coast exhibitions and museums is a norm.
Course Completion typically takes up to five years for full time artists though an artist's education is ongoing.
Open Every Day from dawn to dusk with some evening activities, beginning September 15 and ending June 15. One may begin any time of year when space is available.
Individual Studios a feature in an historic old mill building along the Merrimack River with twenty-three large north light windows, a spacious figure studio, lounge and kitchen.
Visit the Studios any time. Prospective students should call to arrange a visit at their earliest convenience.
Paul Ingbretson studied in New York at the Art Students League and then spent several years working in the Gammell atelier in Boston. Gammell, who was able to deliver the academic training he had been looking for, had been a student of William Paxton and Paxton a student of Jean Leon Gerome at the Atelier des Beaux Arts in Paris. Joseph DeCamp, with whom Paxton subsequently worked in Boston, and his contemporaries, Edmund Tarbell and Frank Benson with whom Gammell also studied, learned the basics of drawing and composition in the academic ateliers of Europe and then sought to combine that knowledge with the color and light of the French Impressionist painters. The resulting work became know as the Boston School and it is this thinking that primarily informs the work and teaching of Paul Ingbretson.
Ingbretson has spent thirty years analyzing painting for the purpose of mastering the field and teaching. His recent teaching activity is focused on breaking out the most fundament elements of design into a systematic course enabling his students to truly understand this difficult but essential part of fine painting.
*Edmund Tarbell, Frank W. Benson, Joseph Decamp and William Paxton brought the French Ecole des Beaux Arts and Academe Julien training to Boston and R. H. Ives Gammell among whose students was New Hampshire Artist Paul Ingbretson.