Academy Art Museum Announces July Events

Mark Leithauser:
Nature and Illusion
July 28 – September 30, 2012
Members’ Reception: Friday, July 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Mark Leithauser devoted the early years of his career to the graphic arts, impressed with the engravings and etchings of Durer and Rembrandt. Often linked to surrealism and super realism, Leithauser began to paint intensively in the early 1980s. Foremost a draftsman, Leithauser works with the precise technique of silverpoint. His work prompts the mind to wonder. The small scale of the paintings and the personal nature of the items engage the viewer to scrutinize and imagine the answer to the kaleidoscopic puzzle at hand. Words peek out of scattered, postmarked envelopes; antique tools and toys lean and topple over; and potted bulbs and firecrackers lie about in seemingly haphazard order.

Leithauser received a bachelor’s degree in Classics and two master’s degrees in Fine Arts from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, where he taught studio art for two years. He has exhibited his work in galleries in New York and Washington DC, and at the Brooklyn Museum, the Detroit Institute of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the National Museum of American Art, and the Library of Congress. Leithauser is the Senior Curator and Chief of Design for the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. He has been exclusively represented by Hollis Taggart Galleries in New York City for over 10 years.

An Englishman Abroad:
Oil Paintings by Matthew Hillier

Matthew Hillier was born in the United Kingdom, and now lives in Tunis Mills, MD, with his artist wife Julia Rogers, and son Patrick. He spent many years working as a wildlife illustrator, traveling the world studying and painting wildlife. Matthew is a multi-award winning artist both in the US and in the UK. He has work in many private collections and several museums. His exhibition, An Englishman Abroad: Oil Paintings by Matthew Hillier will be on display July 14 – August 26, 2012.

Although he still loves to paint wildlife, he has “stepped out of the box” and now paints any subjects that inspire him. He and Julia spend the summers sailing around the Miles River looking for things to paint. He really enjoys painting the ocean. Matthew also loves painting the birds and wildlife of the Eastern Shore and of course its dramatic skies and water. These days he paints in oils. Matthew teaches classes at the Museum and will be teaching a special workshop to coincide with his exhibition in August.

In photo: Matthew Hillier, Sanderlings, Oil on Canvas.

Annual Members’ Exhibition
Through July 8, 2012, the Academy Art Museum will host the its Annual Members’ Exhibition. The exhibition includes works in oil, watercolor, graphics, mixed media, photography, jewelry, painting, sculpture and other applications. This exceptional tradition represents the best of the region’s artists and offers an opportunity to view the creative talents of colleagues and friends.

Mesdag to Mondrian:
Dutch Art from the Redelé Collection
Through September 30, 2012, the Museum will feature a refined selection of 14 landscapes, seascapes and country scenes, from part of the Julien and Norma Redelé collection of Dutch 19th-century art, will be shown in the Academy Art Museum’s Spitaleri Gallery. The exhibition, “Dutch Art from the Redelé Collection,” features work by important artists of The Hague School, including Anton Mauve, as well as an early drawing by the Modernist Piet Mondrian.

The late Julien Redelé, a descendant of landscapist Hendrik W. Mesdag, was knighted by Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands for his significant contributions to Dutch-American economic development. Julien and Norma expanded their collection over a period of 25 years. Similarities between the Dutch landscape and that of the Eastern Shore of Maryland inspired them to build a summer residence near Easton, and then move here full-time more than a dozen years ago.

Children’s Classes
Class: Printmaking
Instructor: Timothy Goodger
Ages: 9+
Dates: July 17, 18 & 19, 2012
Time: 10am-12:30 p.m.
Cost: $80 Members, $90 Non-members
This fun and spontaneous class includes practicing techniques mastered by artists such as Matisse, Degas and Gauguin. Students will use a variety of water-soluble media to explore texture and composition through mono-print and mono-type styles of printmaking. No need to be a master here, though, they just need to have a desire to express themselves creatively!

Class: Watercolor Painting
Instructor: Joan McGarry
Age: 10+
Dates: July 9-13, 2012
Time: 9:30 a.m.-12 Noon
Cost: $125 Members, $135 Non-members
Students of all levels will enjoy this class exploring the unique nature of watercolor painting while becoming familiar with materials, tools, and techniques. Students will leave with a portfolio full of lessons, studies and finished paintings.

Class: Personal Mosaics
Instructor: Jennifer Wagner
Ages: 8-11
Dates: July 9-13, 2012
Time: 9 a.m. – noon
Cost: $95 Members, $105 Non-members
Students will create a mosaic to hang on the wall of their rooms! Students will design their own mosaic scene using bits of recycled glass, tile and mirror. Breaking, adhering and grouting techniques will all be covered.

Class: Op Art & Splatter
Instructor: Andrea Schulte
Ages: 10+
Dates: July 9, 10 & 11, 2012
10:00 a.m. -12:00 Noon
Cost: $55 Members, $65 Non-members
Students will utilize various line drawing techniques along with an understanding of color theory to create fun optical art. They will work on three different drawing projects and experiment with balloon splatter on the last day. They need to dress for a mess!

Class: Self-Portraits Without a Self-Image
Instructor: Andrea Schulte
Ages: 10+
Dates: July 9, 10 & 11, 2012
Time: 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $95 Members, $105 Non-members
Students will create a visual “self-portrait” without using any images of themselves by focusing on what makes them unique. Students will use multiple techniques and art materials from splatter to oil pastel to create this personal tribute. Students should bring 4-6 items from home that help define their personalities or that they would like to use as inspiration. Examples include soccer cleats, mementoes, paint brushes, cookbooks. (Please don’t bring irreplaceable items).

Class: Plaster Mask-Making
Instructor: Gillian Breedlove
Ages: 7-12
Dates: July 30, 31 and August 1, 2012
Time: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cost: $95 Members, $105 Non-members
Students will make their own original masks! Cultures from all over the world and from many different time periods have enjoyed making masks. Students will come up with ideas, learn how to make an armature (structure on which to build a mask or other 3-D form) and then cover their armatures with wet plaster gauze. Once their masks are dry, they will decorate them with paint and other craft supplies.

Kaleidoscope Summer Arts Camp (SEE PHOTO)
An Innovative Summer Arts Experience
Instructors: Dian Breza and Christy Edwards
Dates: July 23, 24, 25, 26 & 27, 2012
Ages: 6+
Cost: $95 Members, $105 Non-members

Kaleidoscope Summer Arts Camp
An Innovative Summer Arts Experience
Instructors: Marin Ryan and Nancy Hebb
Dates: July 30, 31, Aug 1, 2 & 3, 2012
Ages: 6+
Cost: $95 Members, $105 Non-members

Each week will feature opportunities to explore and develop projects from observation and imagination. Drawing, painting, sculpture, collage and printmaking may be included. Each week is different.

In photo: Students in the Academy Art Museum’s summer classes create mosaics.

Adult Classes

Tips and Techniques from four Masters of Photography
Instructor: Tim Poly
Saturday, July 14, 2012, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: $60 Members, $95 Non-members

The best way to improve photography is becoming immersed in great photography. Students will do that by studying the photos of four Masters of Photography – Andre Kertesz, Eugene Smith, Elliott Erwitt and Michael Williamson. Their work (black & white and color) touched the eyes, minds and hearts of people around the world. Students will hear their thoughts, investigate their techniques and discover their images, building their own set of skills to take compelling photos of people, buildings, flowers and landscapes. Students will then spend time shooting and applying these principles. Any level of digital camera and any level of photographic
experience are welcome.

For further information on the Academy Art Museum exhibits, events or classes, visit or call 410-822-2787.