Oil Painting in the French Impressionist Tradition

Class with Valerie Collymore

Saturday, February 23, 2019
10:00am – 4:00 pm

February 23 & 24, 2019
10 am–4 pm

Art Studio

$110 members
$170 non-members

Whether you are a beginning painter or an emerging artist, this class will give you tools to move your artwork forward quickly. 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. The workshop is designed to have all participants leave the course with many more skills than when they first enter.

Students will study the historical context in which the Impressionist movement was born, as well as short vignettes about the lives of select French Impressionists. Detailed examination of high quality giclée prints of master French Impressionist works in addition to a demonstration of oil painting techniques of the French Impressionists will be memorable highlights of this workshop.

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. This instructor 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. Fishing Boats In Cagnes-Sur-Mer, 2018. Oil on linen. Image courtesy of artist.


Advance registration required. Due two weeks before the first day of course or class. To ensure registration, submit completed form and full payment. Space is limited. Registration confirmed by email or mailed receipt.

The Frye Art Museum reserves the right to cancel any course or class. If the Museum cancels a course or class, a full refund will be issued. If participant cancels enrollment more than two weeks prior to start date, a full refund will be issued, less a $25 processing fee. No refunds issued with less than two weeks’ notice. To cancel registration, call 206 432 8200 between 9 am–5 pm Monday–Friday.


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 10 clock hours. Courses taken for credit or clock hours through SPU may not be repeated.