SEPTEMBER, 2015 – 4-Day Art Course on ‘Floral Painting in a Still Life’ – Classical Realism painter, Cornelia Hernes spent a week in Water Mill. She is Norwegian. Having studied at the Florence Academy of Art, is an established artist in her own right and now teaches at that art academy, in Sweden. It’s rare to have a teacher of this quality in our midst and the students jumped at the chance to study with her – signing up months in advance to reserve a seat. Seats were limited- but one never sits in this class, so it should be said, “easels are limited”.Lombardo put the Water Mill Museum’s Discovery Room to good use last week when she produced this course. Cornelia taught a 4-day painting course,
entitled, “Floral Painting in a Still Life”. East end artists Saul Rosenstreich, Roxanne Panero, Mary Anne Bennett and Ann Lombardo were at their easels at the mill every morning, painting and working, studying in class all day until 4pm. Quite a rigorous experience.
Afterwards, Saul wrote, “What a great workshop! Thank you so much for putting it all together and with such nice personal touches. I was made to feel welcome and that it meant a something that I was there. And Cornelia – what a gifted artist and teacher! Also, a very scenic venue!” Students all asked for more chances to study with Cornelia. Based on this success, they hope to have an expanded version next year- bigger studio room, more students, longer duration to the class.
It could not have come to fruition without generous local support. Thanks go to the Art Barge, for delivering and lending us their studio easels; to the Clay Art Guild for supplying stands for the still life set-ups; to Anthony Lombardo for building the shadow boxes; to artist Lucille Berrill Paulsen for the loan of lights and small tables. East End Arts Gallery Director Jane Kirkwood also lent us her easel. And, as always, thanks go to the Water Mill Museum, who rents the Discovery Room at an affordable price. Collaboration was the key, making this a positive experience for all involved. More information at: firstname.lastname@example.org. To see Cornelia’s artwork, go to www.corneliahernes.com