“Hidden Valley Farm,” by Stella Ehrich, (2008, oil on canvas, 10” x 24”)

North Bennington painter Stella Ehrich will teach a five-day “Landscape Painting in Oil” workshop at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina October 19-23. Her husband, Fred X Brownstein, will lead a “Basic Mold-Making from Clay Model to Plaster Cast” workshop at Brookgreen the following week.

Study with Bennington Artists Ehrich and Brownstein at  Prestigious Brookgreen Gardens

NORTH BENNINGTON, VT / PAWLEY’S ISLAND, S.C. — North  Bennington artists Stella Ehrich and Fred X Brownstein will teach week-long  workshops at the renowned Brookgreen Gardens, on Pawley’s Island, South  Carolina, in October. Beginning to advanced painters and sculptors are encouraged to join the artist-couple for this unique opportunity at Brookgreen, a National Historic Landmark with the most significant collection of figurative sculpture, in an outdoor setting, by American artists in the world.

Ehrich will lead the five-day “Landscape Painting in Oil” workshop  Monday-Friday, October 19-23, for beginning-to-advanced students. Students will  paint on location (weather permitting) to take advantage of the beautiful views  of Brookgreen Gardens. The painting sessions include instruction on plein air  techniques and how to capture the effects of light, shadow, and atmosphere. A specific color palette will be introduced and Ehrich will give instruction on  how to mix color to create atmospheric effects and aerial perspective. Emphasis  will be placed on composition and simplifying values, the anatomy of trees, and  artistic perspective. Ehrich will also teach measuring techniques to help  students fine-tune drawing skills and check proportions. Students receive  individual attention based on their levels of experience, and group critiques  provide a forum in which all students can learn from each other.

Ehrich  is a renowned painter whose work has been extensively exhibited locally as well  as in England, Italy, and throughout the United States. Her paintings are  currently in a one-person exhibition at Tunnel City Coffee Shop in Williamstown,  Massachusetts, presented by the Harrison Gallery through the month of October.  She is also included in two regional galleries: Fiddlehead in Bennington, Vermont, and L. Wicks Fine Arts in Saratoga Springs, New York. She paints a  variety of subjects including landscape, portraits and still life, and her work  is included in numerous public and private collections both here and  abroad.

“The opportunity to paint at Brookgreen is a rare treat," says  Ehrich. "The gardens provide many varied compositional opportunities from formally laid out plantings to vast fields, waterways, and ancient live oaks  dripping with moss. The sculpture that highlights the different parts of the  gardens adds an unusual and exciting element for the landscape painter. And the weather at this time of year is perfect for working outside!”

Born in New  Orleans, Louisiana, and raised in Clarksdale, Mississippi, Ehrich earned a  B.F.A. in painting from the Memphis Academy of Art, and an M.F.A. in painting  from Bennington College. She has taught as an adjunct professor at Williams  College, the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, Bennington College, and the Community  College of Vermont. Ehrich has previously taught landscape painting workshops at  Brookgreen, and with Brownstein, teaches a summer workshop for painters and  sculptors in Tuscany, Italy. She says the most profound influence on her work  came from the 16 years that she lived and painted in Italy, during which she  studied in Florence for seven years in the atelier of Signorina Nerina Simi,  whose instruction was based on the rigorous discipline of French academic  training and the school of Gerome.

Brownstein’s workshop, “Basic Mold-Making from Clay Model to Plaster Cast,” will be held Monday-Friday,  October 26-30. The five-day workshop is for beginning-to-intermediate students  who want to know how to make a mold from a clay sculpture and a plaster cast  using the waste mold process. The resulting permanent plaster cast can be  retouched, patinaed, and prepared to eventually become a bronze sculpture. Each  participant should bring a clay model of a sculpture to cast — such as a  medium-size portrait head or relief sculpture (8”x10”); the clay model must be  malleable (not dried or fired). Water-based clay and medium-soft oil-based clay  both work well for this process.

Waste molds are a traditional and  inexpensive method practiced by sculptors for centuries to preserve their work  in plaster. The process is a foundation for understanding of the principles used  in all types of mold making. Brownstein learned the skill from a master mold  maker — a “formatore” — in Italy, where the process is still preferred  today.

Born in Greenville, Mississippi, Brownstein earned a B.F.A. from  the San Francisco Art Institute in 1970 and was soon after accepted as a  resident at the prestigious Károlyi Foundation in Vence, France. He returned to  Europe in 1975 with his new wife, Ehrich, and they lived and studied in Italy  for the next 16 years —  Brownstein at the Pasquini Studio in Querceta and then at the Nerina Simi Studio in Florence. He is a Fellow member of the National  Sculpture Society and member of The Stone Carvers Guild, and his work has been  widely shown here and in Europe.

For more information about Ehrich and  Brownstein’s workshops at Brookgreen, and Brookgreen’s workshop policies and  procedures, visit  or e-mail  Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Students may register by  telephone at 800.849.1931, ext. 6027, or by fax at 843.235.6003.

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