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.
1. Artistic technique
2. Characteristics of visual Impressionism (see below)
3. Description of connection to music
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.
Submission deadline: Friday, March 1
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
- Grays and dark
tones are produced by mixing complementary
colours. Pure impressionism avoids the use of black
- Wet paint is placed into wet paint
without waiting for successive applications to dry, producing softer edges
and intermingling of colour.
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.)