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NEU Vitality Art Workshops

Community-based, hands-on, art education experiences for adults 55+ 

Make friends. Make art. Connect with the Museum.

Woman artist with pencil drawing at art school Spring Workshop: Fundamentals of Painting
April - May 2024

Fundamentals of Painting is the next workshop in the NEU Vitality Arts series of arts education classes designed specifically for adults aged 55+. This April and May, a teaching artist from the Purchase College faculty will lead the eight (8) 90-minute weekly sessions in a small group setting of no more than twelve (12) art-minded participants. 

Spots are reserved on a first come, first served basis.  Upon successful completion of your secure online transaction, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with details about your participation. NEU Vitality Arts project manager Bliss Burrell will then follow up with additional information in the days leading up to the first session of each workshop. 

Fundamentals of Painting

In this hands-on workshop, participants will delve into the core principles of painting, covering essential topics such as light, shape, form, value, and color theory. Through a series of engaging exercises and demonstrations, participants will learn how to create dynamic compositions, achieve realistic perspective, master the interplay of light and shadow, and understand the complexities of color mixing.

Class Size
Limited to twelve (12) registrants.

Course Dates, Times, and Location 
The eight-session workshop series will meet on Fridays from 10:00am - 11:30am in the Museum’s third floor Skylight Gallery.  Course dates:

  • April 5, 12, 19, 26
  • May 3, 10, 17, and 24

The workshops will culminate with an art showcase in the Museum’s Open Classroom featuring the projects produced by participants during the workshop. 

Registration Fee
$395 (inclusive of all course materials).
No refunds for missed sessions.

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Benjamin Degen Benjamin Degen

Teaching Artist
Fundamentals of Painting

Degen uses image-making as a process for learning and teaching, connection, vision, realization, and transformation. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1998 from The Cooper Union and his work has been exhibited in galleries nationally and internationally, as well as in exhibitions at MoMA PS1, The Collezione Maramotti, The William Benton Museum of Art, and the Weatherspoon Art Museum. His artwork is held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Collezione Maramotti, The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, and The Tang Museum. He has taught at Cooper Union, The Rhode Island School of Design, Brooklyn College, Pioneer Works, The Brooklyn Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is currently a lecturer of painting and drawing at Purchase College, SUNY, lives and works in Beacon, NY, and is represented by Susan Inglett Gallery in New York City.

E.A. Michelson Philanthropy Logotype in a horizontal format

The NEU Vitality Art Workshops program is generously funded by E.A. Michelson Philanthropy

Throughout our lifetimes, creativity is within us waiting to be awakened and expressed – bringing a new sense of accomplishment and connection with communities. E.A. Michelson Philanthropy supports programs that bring these benefits to people of all ages.

The Vitality Arts Workshops provide individuals aged 55+ a community-based creative outlet. Creative aging programs offer older adults a revitalized experience in learning, nurturing their sense of purpose while enhancing their wellbeing. These programs foster social connections and ignite passions for creating among peers, while facilitating friendships and the building of a supportive art-minded community. Each of the NEU workshops planned through the end of 2024 will be focused on a different art discipline.

For more information about the program, email

Individuals requiring accommodations for equal access to this program are encouraged to contact the NEU Vitality Art project manager,, so that a good-faith effort can be made to meet the identified needs.