The Silvermine School of Art will be offering a special workshop with visiting outdoor artist Jill Steenhuis from Aix-en-Provence, France. Steenhuis will begin his workshop with a conference from 4:30 pm to 6 pm on Sunday October 6, entitled “Van Gogh seen through the eyes of the artist”. She will then lead an intensive two-day oil painting workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday October 7 and Tuesday October 8.

The focus of the workshop will be on color: How to mix a harmonious palette with oil paint and then use it in the landscape, or in still life or interiors if the weather does not allow it. She will guide students in experiencing nature “through the senses to activate its unique inner poetry”.


“If you hear a voice within yourself saying, ‘You cannot paint,’ then paint by all means, and that voice will be silenced,” said Vincent Van Gogh. Steenhuis uses Van Gogh’s words to inspire his students with a sense of freedom. In his classes, the creative process is taught in such a way that the painting becomes the expression of the painter’s soul in nature, according to an advertisement. His workshop is open to all levels.

Steenhuis, originally from Atlanta, has lived in Aix-en-Provence, France, since 1980, painting in the landscapes of Provence. Graduated from Sweet Briar College with a BFA in art studio, she attended the Leo Marchutz School of Painting and Drawing in Aix. In the 80s and 90s, she was one of the few artists to have a studio at the Château Noir, where Cézanne had his studio at the end of the 19th century.

The cost is $ 500 for the workshop and the conference. To register, visit the silvermineart.org workshop or call 203-966-6668, ext. 2. The conference on October 6 is open to everyone and walk-ins are welcome; admission is $ 10 for those who do not attend the workshop.

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