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Impressionism Art Contest


Create art an impressionistic style art work inspired by music of any genre. To enter, contestants must complete a form and include a brief description of their original art work and the music that inspired it.

Winners and honorable mentions will be selected in four age groups: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, & Adult.

Selection Criteria
1.    Artistic technique
2.    Characteristics of visual Impressionism (see below)
3.    Description of connection to music
4.    Creativity

Winning pieces will be displayed digitally in the DePaul School of Music and featured online. Winners will receive prizes such as a gift certificates for art supplies and tickets to upcoming musical performances.

Deadline extended to March 9

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Characteristics of Impressionism

  • Short, thick strokes of paint quickly capture the essence of the subject, rather than its details. The paint is often applied impasto.
  • Colours are applied side-by-side with as little mixing as possible, a technique that exploits the principle of simultaneous contrast to make the colour appear more vivid to the viewer.
  • Grays and dark tones are produced by mixing complementary colours. Pure impressionism avoids the use of black paint.
  • Wet paint is placed into wet paint without waiting for successive applications to dry, producing softer edges and intermingling of colour.
  • Impressionist paintings do not exploit the transparency of thin paint films (glazes), which earlier artists manipulated carefully to produce effects. The impressionist painting surface is typically opaque.
  • The paint is applied to a white or light-coloured ground. Previously, painters often used dark grey or strongly coloured grounds.
  • The play of natural light is emphasized. Close attention is paid to the reflection of colours from object to object. Painters often worked in the evening to produce effets de soir—the shadowy effects of evening or twilight.
  • In paintings made en plein air (outdoors), shadows are boldly painted with the blue of the sky as it is reflected onto surfaces, giving a sense of freshness previously not represented in painting. (Blue shadows on snow inspired the technique.)