St. John School Students visit the "Home of American Impressionism"

Jun 27 2018

SJS students in 2nd, 3rd & 4th grades visited the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme. This scenic and picturesque place is called the "Home of American impressionism".  It all began when Miss Florence Griswold turned her home into a boarding house, to offset the costs of caring for her
family home. Landscape artist Henry Ward Ranger, decided to live in the Griswold Home to begin a school of landscape painting in Old Lyme. However by 1903 artist Childe Hassam also took residence there. This is when impressionistic painting became the theme at Griswold boarding house. Lyme Art Colony artists such as Willard Metcalf, Matilda Browne and William Chadwick lived there and painted en plain air, near the Lieutenant River.

Florence Griswold Museum

The visit to this beautiful place not only gave the children a historical perspective, but a "hands-on" approach on impressionistic art. The students had the opportunity to walk through Miss Florence's gardens, tour her home, visit the Krieble Gallery, learn fun stories about the artists that lived there, and even experience painting "en plain air".  It was a memorable experience!