The Northampton Arts Council is a city board and a non-profit organization whose goal is to support and promote the arts in Northampton. Originally created as a Local Arts Lottery Council, it began its work by administering a grants program in which proceeds from a state lottery are distributed to local artists, arts groups, and public schools.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

“Plein Air Around Town” Takes Fresh Look at Northampton in July

Northampton, MA—Artist Paula Gottlieb offers a 3-day workshop from Tuesday, July 22 through Thursday, July 24, 10am-4 pm. The plein air (“in the open air”) session will be based at the Arts Trust Building at 33 Hawley Street. The group will wander out from there.

According to Gottlieb, understanding how to structure and organize drawings and paintings can strengthen an artist’s work. Her workshop will address and demonstrate methods for translating the landscape onto paper. The group will observe landscape and buildings, working primarily with drawing materials to understand visual principles such as composition, value and perspective. Materials may include graphite pencils, water soluble graphite, color pencils, water soluble color pencils, pen and ink, cray pas and watercolor. The fee is $295 plus materials. Registration details at or call (413) 584-7327 for information.