Whistler House

Sign up for portrait workshop with Mary Minifie.

Aspiring portrait artists are invited to join the Whistler House Museum of Art’s extensive 3-day workshop with renowned portrait artist Mary Minifie. Mary Minifie is a professional painter who specializes in portraits, figurative and fine art stills. She has studied at Wellesley College and Boston University’s School of Fine Arts.

After a decade exhibiting internationally, she studied portrait and figure art with the modern-master of the field, Paul Ingbretson. She has been represented by Vose Galleries, The Guild of Boston Artists, Portraits North, Portraits, Inc, and Portrait Brokers of America. Her portraits have won her many well-deserved awards and inclusion in such publications as American Artist Magazine and the International Artists’ book “100 Ways to Paint Flowers and Gardens.”

Mary Minifie’s 3-day workshop will focus on techniques for painting a live model in natural light. Attendees will leave with an appreciation for the best use of flesh color notes present in natural light and the intricacies inherent in shaping the head. The first portion of the seminar will focus on creating the best lighting and color using natural light, placing a live model, and selecting clothing. Mary Minifie will explain the process of creating a mini color study of the entire portrait for advanced preparation for the final piece and to preset to clients of commissioned work.

Seminar attendees will view a portrait painting demo by Mary Minifie and participate in five portrait painting sessions. A lunch seminar will address the business aspects of portrait painting. The workshop will conclude with a slideshow lecture and the opportunity for portrait critiques of work done during or before the seminar.

The workshops will be held on Friday, May 13, 9:30-12:30 am and 1:30-4:30 pm, on Saturday, May 14, 9:30 – 12:30 am and 1:30-4:30 pm, and on Sunday, May 15, 9:30-12:30 am. The cos is $350 for three days, and a deposit is required to register. To sign up or to learn more about the workshop, call 978-452-7641. You can also visit the Whistler House Museum of Art website for further details and information about required supplies.