Learn New Painting Technique While Touring Southern France with Renowned Worcester Art Museum Instructor

WORCESTER, MASS., October 12, 1999 - Pack up your favorite art supplies and portable easel and study color and light with master painter Bill Griffiths, as you cruise southern France on the luxury barge "Escargot" from April 13-24, 2000. You'll spend afternoons painting and drawing in the countryside, and evenings dining in fine restaurants, while touring one of Europe's most picturesque landscapes, including Paris, Dijon, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, and the historic Burgundy region. In addition to expanding your portfolio, you'll enjoy top-notch food, wine, and fine accommodations.

A gifted portrait and wildlife painter, Griffiths is an artist and teacher whose artwork is found in international collections. Respected as an expert in watercolor and acrylics, he has taught portraiture, drawing, painting, watercolor, acrylics, and color and light studies at the Worcester Art Museum since 1978.

Through intense study, Griffiths has simplified and clarified the work of generations of color theorists and created The Griffiths System, providing both beginners and advanced students a remarkably successful approach to color and light studies. Participants who join Griffiths on the Escargot Color and Light Tour will learn how to use this system on their own creations. The cost for the Worcester Art Museum's Color and Light Tour in the South of France is $3,299.00 for Museum members and $3,349.00 for non-members. Space is limited on this artistic sojourn, so call 508-799-4406, X-3007 right away to register.

Museum Background

Opened to the public in 1898, the Worcester Art Museum is the second largest art museum in New England. Its exceptional 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints and drawings is displayed in 36 galleries and spans 5,000 years of art and culture, ranging from Egyptian antiquities and Roman mosaics to Impressionist paintings and contemporary art. Throughout its first century, the Worcester Art Museum proved itself a pioneer: the first American museum to purchase work by Claude Monet (1910) and Paul Gauguin (1921); the first museum to bring a medieval building to America (1927); a sponsor of the first major excavation at Antioch, one of the four great cities of ancient Rome (1932); the first museum to create an Art All-State program for high school artists (1987); the originator of the first exhibition of Dutch master Judith Leyster (1993); and the first museum to focus its contemporary art programs on art of the last 10 years (1998). The Museum's hours are: Wednesday through Sunday, 11am-5pm, and Saturday 10am-5pm. Admission: FREE for members; Non-members: $8 Adults; $6 Seniors and full-time college students with current ID; FREE for youth 17 and under; FREE for everyone Saturday mornings 10am-noon sponsored by The TJX Companies and Massachusetts Electric Company. For more information, call (508) 799-4406 or visit the Museum at 55 Salisbury Street in Worcester.