Charles Loring Elliott, Portrait of Matthew Vassar, 1861

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The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is offering a watercolor workshop in conjunction with its exhibition Mastering Light: From the Natural to the Artificial

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College is holding a watercolor workshop with artist and teacher Adele Rossetti. The half-day program will take place on Saturday, June 21, 12:30-4:30 pm.

The workshop is designed for beginners and is being offered in conjunction with the Art Center’s current exhibition, Mastering Light: From the Natural to the Artificial, which explores artistic responses to light in works from the sixteenth through the early twentieth centuries.

In this program, Rossetti will lead participants through watercolor techniques that artists have used to depict light in its many aspects. The workshop will include an illustrated lecture and analysis of the watercolor paintings on view in the Mastering Light exhibition, followed by three hours of instruction and painting outdoors on the beautiful grounds of the Vassar College campus. No prior art experience is necessary—just a desire to explore the world of watercolor. The cost is $45/person ($35 for FLLAC members), and participants will need to supply their own materials; a list of suggested materials will be supplied at the time of registration. Space is limited and registration is required by June 17. To make a reservation, contact Francine Brown at 845-437-5237 or

Rossetti has a MFA in painting/drawing and a MS from Pratt Institute. She has taught art at Pratt Institute's Brooklyn campus and Venice Program, and at many venues in New York City, including the Brooklyn Botanical Garden (BBG), New York Botanical Garden, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. She is a fellow of the BBG Florilegium Society, and a recipient of the American Society of Botanical Artists' Excellence Award, the Royal Horticultural Society's Grenfells Science Medal. Rossetti  is also a lecturer, published art and scientific illustrator, private art tutor, and exhibiting artist, with artwork in numerous private collections.


About the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center was founded in 1864 as the Vassar College Art Gallery. The current 36,400-square-foot facility, designed by Cesar Pelli and named in honor of the new building's primary donor, opened in 1993. Vassar was the first U.S. college founded with a permanent art collection and gallery, and at any given time, the Permanent Collection Galleries of the Art Center feature approximately 350 works from Vassar's extensive collections. The Art Center's collections chart the history of art from antiquity to the present and comprise over 19,000 works, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, and glass and ceramic wares.  Notable holdings include the Warburg Collection of Old Master prints, an important group of Hudson River School paintings given by Matthew Vassar at the college's inception, and a wide range of works by major European and American 20th-century painters.

Admission to the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is free and all galleries are wheelchair accessible.  The Art Center is open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 10:00am–5:00pm; Thursday, 10:00am–9:00pm; and Sunday, 1:00–5:00pm.  Located at the entrance to the historic Vassar College campus, the Art Center can be reached within minutes from other Mid-Hudson cultural attractions, such as Dia:Beacon, the Franklin Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt national historic sites and homes, and the Vanderbilt mansion.  For additional information, the public may call (845) 437-5632 or visit

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Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, May 27, 2014


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