Painting in watercolor on the grounds of an old estate lends itself to a scene in “Downton Abbey,” but avid artists need go no farther than Great River to feel like a lady or lord.
“Whether indoors at the carriage house or the old cow barn, or outdoors, it’s the perfect setting,” says Victoria Beckert, the artist teaching the classes at Bayard Cutting Arboretum.
Painting will be done under the tutelage of Beckert, an artist who specializes in watercolors. They can be difficult to master, but the outcomes are both crisp and subdued.
“It’s relaxing, and freeing,” she says.
Beginners are welcome, as well as those who already paint but want to learn something new or be among other artists.
A fine-arts major in college, Beckert put her paints aside, for the most part, while raising her family, she says. Later, she picked up her brushes again, and has been painting and teaching ever since, including classes at the Art League of Long Island.
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