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Painter and Art Educator

May 24, 2020

Translated art lessons

Erin McGee Ferrell is a Contemporary Maine Oil Painter and Art Educator. She is a graduate from Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, and the University of the Arts Philadelphia. Erin has spent 28 years as a visual artist in the gallery world and as an art educator. She is a member of the National Organization for Arts in Health and an advocate for visual arts in medical environments.

During the pandemic Erin translated her in-studio art classes to lessons online. She has allowed herself to act goofy through interactive and non-interactive art history experiences. Each week she dresses up as a famous artist or sometimes just surrounds herself with accessories that the artist is associated with. For example, this next week will be on the Gee’s Bend Quiltmakers. Her studio will be full of quilts with art exercises having to do with pattern and storytelling.

In June Erin is stepping outside with a new series of the online classes. The Spring theme of famous artists will shift to “outdoor environments”.  Each week will focus on a subject in nature or in the city. One week she will talk about techniques for drawing and painting trees, another week will be learning perspective to draw architecture. The interesting part is that she now has students across the world participating and so each students’ surroundings will be different.

Erin’s teaching name is EMcGee and her professional chef friend in Chicago, is Chef LaRee (Larry). Each week, Chef LaRee offers a short cooking demonstration related to the featured artist. During Monet’s week, he showed how to soak and cook dried beans. Monet ate lots of beans during his early painting years.

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