Seaport to host photo, art workshops

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The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport presents two new workshops this winter, teaching artists how to use photography as a creative tool.

  • "Photographing your Artwork," from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, will detail the tools and techniques professionals use when photographing a painting for exhibit submission. Instructor Charles Estabrooks will discuss the specific photographic equipment, lighting setup and methods needed to obtain the best image of flat artwork. Specific focus will be placed on digital capture and problem-solving techniques, image manipulation and the submission of digital files. Estabrooks, a professional photographer based out of Westerly, R.I., and a graduate of Rensselaer's School of Architecture, photographs all of the paintings seen in the Maritime Gallery's catalogs.

Registration is $115 ($100 for museum members and Mystic Arts Center members). Participants can register now by calling (860) 572-5322.

  • "Successful Paintings from Photographs," held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 6 and 7, guides artists in using photographic references to create inventive paintings that reflect personal style while avoiding the look of a copied photo. Instructor Harley Bartlett will discuss issues of composition, value and color. Students should bring their own oil, watercolor or acrylic materials and photographs. The instructor will also provide photos if desired. Bartlett, a graduate of the Pennsylvania School of Fine Arts, is a Maritime Gallery artist and has exhibited his works throughout southern New England.

Registration is $140 ($125 for museum members and Mystic Arts Center members). Participants can register now by calling 860.572.5322.

For information, visit www.mysticseaport.org/gallery or call (860) 572-5388.

The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport is the nation's foremost gallery specializing in contemporary marine art and ship models. Through its parent organization, Mystic Seaport, the gallery is proud to offer access to the world's leading experts in the marine field, and the highest standards of scholarship, integrity and connoisseurship that the nation's finest maritime museum represents. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and offers free admission.