The Green River surrounded by green vegetation

Brattleboro: West River Paint-Out

Register here for Vermont River Conservancy’s first paint-out event along the West River in Brattleboro! We have recruited painter John S. Dimick of Guilford to lead this event. We’ll learn the basics of sketching and watercolor painting, from using a viewfinder and sketching what you see to setting up your paints, creating a value study, using a color chart and mixing colors, and painting the scene. Along the way, we’ll talk about how experimenting with different ways of seeing can deepen our relationships with our waterways. 

Beginner painters will be welcomed with four mini-lessons and personal feedback from our skilled instructor. Painters and sketch artists of all levels, including experienced artists, are also welcome to join in and work at their own pace. This beloved spot where the West River comes to a confluence with the Connecticut River is bound to inspire the artist in all of us.

Location: The Brattleboro Marina, Spring Tree Road

Date: Saturday, June 1st

Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Do I need to bring art supplies? It’s okay if you don’t have any supplies! A limited number of palettes and paint brushes will be provided. That being said, you are welcome and encouraged to bring your own watercolor supplies if you already have them. 

What else should I bring? Sunglasses and a hat are recommended. 

What if I’d rather sketch? Sketch artists are welcome as well. Bring drawing paper and pencils. 

A special treat from the artist: Attendees who register in advance will be entered to win a limited edition giclee print of “Wantastegok,” the John S. Dimick watercolor that illustrates the chapter “Wantastegok: Language and the Land” by Joe Rivers and Rich Holschuh in the book Print Town: Brattleboro’s Legacy of Words.

Wantastegok: Watercolor painting by Vermont artist John Dimick

 

Use this form to register for the paint-out

Photo Release (Optional via yes/no, answer in form)

  • Yes: I grant Vermont River Conservancy, its representatives and employees the right to take photographs at this volunteer event of me and any minor participants for which I am the parent or guardian. I authorize Vermont River Conservancy, its assigns and transferees to use such photographs, with or without names, for any lawful purpose, including for example such purposes as publicity, illustration, advertising and web content and to copyright, use and publish the same in print and/or electronically
  • No: I do not grant Vermont River Conservancy, its representatives and employees the right to take photographs at this volunteer event of me and any minor participants for which I am the parent or guardian.

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