Oil Painting in the French Impressionist Tradition

Class with Valerie Collymore

Saturday, June 2, 2018
10:00am – 4:00 pm

Frye Art Studio

Students learn 20 key concepts and master-level skills. You will start painting with a grasp of composition, values, understanding light, color mixing, color harmony, edges, brushwork, palette knife skills and master tips and tricks. These tools will move your artwork forward quickly, whether you are a beginning painter or an emerging artist. The workshop is designed to have all participants leave the course with many more skills than when they first enter. The historical context in which the Impressionist movement was born will be shared, as well as short vignettes about the lives of selected French Impressionists. The viewing of masterworks in the current exhibition Towards Impressionism, in addition to the detailed examination of high quality giclee prints of master French Impressionist works in the art studio, will be a memorable highlight of this workshop.

About the Instructor

Valerie Collymore is an award-winning, full-time, productive professional fine artist and sought-after fine art instructor. Using skills from her former career as a medical doctor, Valerie condenses a great deal of key information into easily assimilated units, simplifies complex concepts and practices, and effectively communicates this information. Collymore spent her formative years in the South of France, and regularly visits sites where key French Impressionist masters painted and lived. Valerie is passionate about traditional French Impressionism, painting in this style, teaching it and building community around it. Creating a highly supportive environment which favors joyful productivity and experimentation is a hallmark of this instructor’s teaching style.

Valerie Collymore can be reached through her website www.ValerieCollymore.com before, during, and after the workshop. Welcome to our community of artists.

This class has reached capacity. Please call 206 432 8200 or email rsvp@fryemuseum.org to be placed on the waitlist. Individuals will be notified in the order they are listed.

Valerie Collymore, Morning in Mougins, 2016. Oil on linen. Photo: Courtesy of the artist.


$165 Frye members
$225 Nonmembers


Classes have additional fees for art supplies. Download the supply list for this class


Continuing education credits and clock hours are available to educators through Seattle Pacific University (SPU). Payments for fees are paid directly to SPU online. Students will receive a link to register via email one week before the first day of class. The cost for Studio Class credits is $50 for 1 credit, $20 for 15 clock hours. Courses taken for credit or clock hours through SPU may not be repeated.