The Journey from Realism to Abstraction | Dean Nimmer

Instructor: Dean Nimmer

Monday, June 10, 2019 - Friday, June 14, 2019

Monday - Friday 9:00AM - 4:00PM


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Have you ever pondered the question, What is “realistic” and what is “abstract”? Professor, Dean Nimmer has some answers for you. For example, you can’t eat an apple painted by Leonardo, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Cezanne, or anyone else, without getting a month full of pigment or charcoal. You can make something look real, but it’s always an illusion, i.e. an abstraction.


Dean Nimmer, author of the 5-Star rated books, “Art from Intuition” and “Creating Abstract Art” has designed this practical workshop to help those who are longing to take the plunge into abstract painting, but are unsure how to begin.


The objectives for this workshop are two-fold: First we will explore ways to see nature beyond her outward appearances where many abstract ideas can be found. Second, we will employ different techniques to unlock our artistic eye and develop more intuitive, emotional and dramatic abstract compositions.


Here are the steps we will take:

1 - Sketching observed subjects to see what possibilities they hold

2 - Sketching visions originating in our imagination, memories and experiences

3 - Developing, (morphing), these sketches into multifaceted mixed media drawings and paintings.

I will work with each of you individually to achieve your personal ambitions for painting and drawing abstractly. My core philosophy is, the only thing you can do wrong in art is not make art at all.

About the Instructor

Emeritus Professor, Dean Nimmer, is the former Chair of the Painting, Printmaking programs at Mass College of Art, where he taught from 1970 to 2004. Dean was selected as the 2015, “Community Teacher of the Year” by the Massachusetts Art Education Association as well as winning the 2011 “Distinguished Alumnus Award” from the University of Wisconsin and the 2010, “Distinguished Teaching of Art Award”, given by the 16,000-member College Art Association. Dean was nominated for the 2017 National Emeritus Professor of the Year Award given by the National Art Education Association.

Dean Nimmer has exhibited his art in over 200 solo and group exhibitions across the US and in Europe, Asia, and Australia. Dean's artworks are in numerous public and private collections including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, DeCordova Art Museum, Smith College Art Museum and the Drawing Center, NYC.

Dean is the author of the 5-star rated book, Creating Abstract Art, (North Light Books, 2014) and his first successful book, Art from Intuition, (Random House, 2008), is currently in its 7th printing.


Dean's website is -


Montserrat College of Art

Hardie Building

23 Essex St

Beverly, MA 01915

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$795 full tuition

$715 Early Bird Deal (register before May 1)

$715 alumni, seniors & educators


Rolling Admission - just $250 deposit due at time of registration



$500 single occupancy | $450 Early Bird* (5 night stay); $50 additional nights
$375 double occupancy | $335 Early Bird*(5 night stay); $25 additional nights

*Early Bird Housing Discount: receive 10% off the typical 5 night stay if booked by May 1! Just $75 deposit due at time of booking. Discount will be applied after booking. Contact us with questions.


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We provide expert instruction within the visual arts for the North Shore community and beyond. Small program sizes and a supportive environment allow students of all levels a conducive environment to explore, learn new skills and sharpen existing ones. Please join us to take your art interests to the next level!

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