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July 14-20 2024


Vincent Crotty Class Description and Bio


Vincent Crotty was born and raised in Kanturk, County Cork, and has been living in Boston since 1990. Regarded for his landscape and figurative paintings, he paints with fluid brushstrokes, sensitive color, and a remarkable understanding of light — transforming everyday subject matter into images that are memorable and moving. Vincent’s work has been recognized with awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the John Stobart Foundation in Boston, and many plein aircompetitions internationally. He has presented workshops and exhibited paintings in Belgium, Canada, Ireland, and throughout the US. He has given portrait demonstrations at the Harvard University Art Museums, and his portraits been commissioned by the Boston College Burns Library, the Irish Cultural Center of New England, and the Michael J. Quill Cultural Centre in New York.

In addition to his fine art paintings, Vincent has created set designs for theater companies and touring productions including Atlantic Steps, the Cork City Ballet, the Huntington Theater Company, Kieran Jordan Dancers, the WGBH Christmas Celtic Sojourn, and his paintings were used on the set for the Clint Eastwood movie Mystic RiverVincent is also in demand for his paintings of Irish traditional music and dance scenes. His large-scale painting called “Side Couples Swing” hangs behind the bar in the Irish Cultural Centre of New England. He has painted portraits of beloved musicians including Felix Dolan and Joe Madden, and has created CD covers for artists including Joey Abarta, Tim Browne, Bridget Fitzgerald, Sean Keane, Ben Power, and the group Childsplay.

Class Description

Painting From Life

Painting from life requires skill, efficiency, and even adrenaline to create a spontaneous “here-and-now” look on canvas.  This workshop will guide novice as well as experienced artists through the process of painting from life, and will strengthen students’ understanding of design, color, and especially light. The week will include theory and demonstrations, as well as painting on site. There will be opportunities to paint outdoor landscapes (weather permitting), still life, and a figure.

This course is best suited to adult and teen-age students.  Students must provide their own materials.