Norman Rockwell Museum To Present Winter Break Art Workshops for College Students and Adults  (Updated 12/31/2016)

UPDATE: Due to limited enrollment, the workshop with Patrick O’Donnell during the week of January 2, 2017  has been canceled.  The workshop with Dan Howe during the week of January 9, 2017 is still currently open.

Stockbridge, MA, December 16, 2016—Norman Rockwell Museum will start 2017 with a series of winter break art workshops, intended for college students and adults, during the month of January. Students of all skill levels are welcome, and will have the opportunity to advance their work and strengthen their portfolio.

Monday, January 2 through Friday, January 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Museum will offer classical drawing techniques with illustrator/video game artist Patrick O’Donnell. Participants will explore technical, traditional image building techniques for drawing the human figure during this weeklong workshop. Focused on the methods and teachings of master draughtsman and anatomist George Bridgman, who was Norman Rockwell’s teacher, the class will focus on golden age disciplines for realizing the human form. Students will draw from a live model and have the opportunity to study from original works of Bridgman himself, which are featured in the Museum’s permanent collection. Admission for the weeklong workshop is $200; $175 for Museum members and students; advance registration is required by contacting the Museum at 413.931.2221 or

Monday, January 9 through Friday, January 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Museum will present the weeklong workshop, Painting Like the Illustrators of the Famous Artists School. Painter/illustrator Dan Howe will discuss and demonstrate the step-by-step Famous Artists School techniques for painting the figure as mastered by Norman Rockwell, who was an instructor for the popular art correspondence school started in the late 1940s. Paint mixing, value, color strategies, and figure construction will be taught through observational painting from a live model. Utilizing an under-drawing and value plan, students will learn to compose fully realized paintings of the figure. Admission for the weeklong workshop is $200; $175 for Museum members and students; advance registration is required by contacting the Museum at 413.931.2221 or

Dan Howe is a contemporary realist painter and illustrator who has embraced the techniques of illustration’s Golden Age, as exemplified by the art of Harvey Dunn, Mead Schaeffer, Andrew Loomis, and Tom Lovell (who he studied with in New Mexico). He has created artworks for publishers, corporations, public institutions, and private collectors. As a student at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, where he also taught, Howe drew much inspiration from the city’s grand architecture and history. Characterized by a strong focus on the structural patterns and atmospheric effects created by light and shadow, Howe’s art employs rich tonal harmonies and dramatic perspectives to establish a sense of illusionistic reality. Learn more at:

Patrick O’Donnell, an illustrator and video game artist, is Norman Rockwell Museum’s Manager of Education and Outreach. Trained at the Savannah College of Arts and Design and The Massachusetts College of Art, Mr. O’Donnell has worked for such clients as Home Box Office, The Discovery Channel, and Rocketmind, LLC, Video Game Company. His skills include digital matte painting, concept art, logo and graphic design. In addition to the Museum, O’Donnell has taught at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Berkshire Community College, and IS183 of The Berkshires. Learn more at:

Norman Rockwell Museum art workshop