The Cape School of Art Returns

by Sarah Judson March 21, 2011

The historic Cape School of Art is re-opening, with classes beginning June 6 and continuing through the end of September. The school had its start in 1899 when Charles Hawthorne, a student of American impressionist William Merritt Chase, began teaching outdoor figure painting. His student Henry Hensche continued teaching there until 1987, when Lois Griffel took over. In 1993, the old school building required large sums of money to refurbish it and the enrolment declined, in part due to the increased cost for students to live in the Provincetown area. In 2003, Lois sold the buildings and closed the school. This past summer, a group of Henry Hensche students and disciples set about to resurrect the school. Here is a link to an article in American Artist Magazine from last fall about the school. They teach not only landscape but also outdoor portrait, figure and color studies.

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