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Ingbretson Studio of Drawing and Painting



250 Canal Street, Lawrence, MA, United States

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Additional Phone Numbers: 603 348-3056

(At a great price)

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Established in 1982 the Ingbretson Studo of Drawing and Painting provides a direct link to the Nineteenth Century Boston School* approach to painting featuring:

Direct Painting
Academic Draughtsmanship
Impressionist Color
Sound Composition
Painterly Craft

Painting the "Visual Impression" as the Boston School taught it - studying the relational world of line, value and color in the production of shape, form, gesture and light.

Picture Making is the vehicle for the training with strong emphasis on composition.

Sound Painterly Craft is incorporated from the start.

Program Progression is from cast drawing to still life painting, to figure drawing, and portrait and figure painting.

Ingbretson's Personal Critiques, the basis of the instruction, are weekly and often more frequent with additional part-time assistance by artists who have successfully completed his training.

Seminars are provided in memory drawing, anatomy, perspective, and intensive composition.

Summer Landscape workshops on direct impressionist 'en plein air' painting provided as weather permits.

Guided tours of significant east coast exhibitions and museums is a norm.

Course Completion typically takes up to five years for full time artists though an artist's education is ongoing.

Open Every Day from dawn to dusk with some evening activities, beginning September 15 and ending June 15. One may begin any time of year when space is available.

Individual Studios a feature in an historic old mill building along the Merrimack River with twenty-three large north light windows, a spacious figure studio, lounge and kitchen.

Visit the Studios any time. Prospective students should call to arrange a visit at their earliest convenience.

Paul Ingbretson studied in New York at the Art Students League and then spent several years working in the Gammell atelier in Boston. Gammell, who was able to deliver the academic training he had been looking for, had been a student of William Paxton and Paxton a student of Jean Leon Gerome at the Atelier des Beaux Arts in Paris. Joseph DeCamp, with whom Paxton subsequently worked in Boston, and his contemporaries, Edmund Tarbell and Frank Benson with whom Gammell also studied, learned the basics of drawing and composition in the academic ateliers of Europe and then sought to combine that knowledge with the color and light of the French Impressionist painters. The resulting work became know as the Boston School and it is this thinking that primarily informs the work and teaching of Paul Ingbretson.

Ingbretson has spent thirty years analyzing painting for the purpose of mastering the field and teaching. His recent teaching activity is focused on breaking out the most fundament elements of design into a systematic course enabling his students to truly understand this difficult but essential part of fine painting.

Past president of the historic Guild of Boston Artists, Ingbretson's work can also be seen at .

*Edmund Tarbell, Frank W. Benson, Joseph Decamp and William Paxton brought the French Ecole des Beaux Arts and Academe Julien training to Boston and R. H. Ives Gammell among whose students was New Hampshire Artist Paul Ingbretson.

Founded 1982
Course languages English
Part-Time Instructors 1
Full-Time Instructors 1
Students 18
Accommodation No

Full time: USD 6000 / year

Ingbretson Studio

250 Canal Street

MA , 01840, United States

Paul Ingbretson

Paul Ingbretson is a top tier professional artist and teacher and a leading modern day exponent of what became known as the "Boston School" of American art. His background includes several years at the Art Students League of New York with numerous of their top artists but who ultimately organized his artistic approach around the values associated with the "Boston School" as interpreted by the late R. H. Ives Gammell and the analysis of the works and writings of the artists of that school. Paul is equally adept and successful in painting portrait, interior, still life and landscape; teaches privately in Lawrence, Massachusetts and Haverhill, New Hampshire; and was a long serving president of the prestigious Guild of Boston Artists initially formed by the artists responsible for the evolution of the "Boston School" at the beginning of the 20th Century.

Mary Minifie

Mary Minifie was educated at Wellesley College and earned an M.F.A from Boston University School of Fine Arts.  For the next ten years she lived and worked abroad in Cairo, Egypt, Oxford, England and Vienna, Austria, exhibiting widely. In 1985, when she returned to the U.S., she began many years of learning to see and paint as a classical realist with master painter, Paul Ingbretson, in the tradition of the Boston School.


An accomplished and award-winning professional portrait painter, Mary has been teaching for 20 years. She is a member of the Guild of Boston Artists, and is represented by Portraits, Inc., Vose Galleries, Francesca Anderson, Lori Polson and the Guild. Mary also paints still life and other figurative works.

Chloe in the Sky with Diamonds by Paul Ingbretson

Portrait by Paul Ingbretson

Portrait by Paul Ingbretson

Portrait by Paul Ingbretson

Found Treasures by Paul Ingbretson

Warm and Cool by Paul Ingbretson

Red Teapot by Paul Ingbretson

Silenus by Lindesay Harkness

White Roses in Stonewear Jar by Lindesay Harkness

The Ballet by Margaret Carrier

The Chinese Cloth by Mary Minifie

Still Life with Buddha by Jean Lightman

By Laura Hazard Clark

Cherries by Lynne Mehlman

20 July 2020 to 28 August 2020

6 Week Summer Intensive "Boston School" Methods Workshop 6 Week Summer Intensive Workshop

250 Canal St, Lawrence, MA

3600 USD


Present a 6 Week Intensive “Boston School” Methods Workshop

With Artist/Teacher Paul Ingbretson


Introduce the Boston School color and light methods to painters with focus on the visual order of effects, painterly drawing, direct painting without mediums. Emphasis will be on the 'good' start of the picture.  Will include presentations, demonstrations, hands-on critiques of still life & portrait and a field trip.

Instruction and Critiques will be 3 days/week for the first 4 weeks. During the last 2 weeks, portrait model from 1-4 pm, and Paul will be in the studio daily.

Location: The workshop will be held in the beautiful, north light Ingbretson Studios located at 250 Canal Street in Lawrence, MA.

 Dates: July 20- August 28, 2020, 9 am to 5 pm

 Price: $3,600 for 6 weeks

 $2,600 for 4 weeks

 Contact: Paul at 603-348-3056 or

17 August 2020 to 28 August 2020

5 Day Portrait Painting Workshop

250 Canal St, Lawrence, MA

650 USD


 Present Portrait Painting Workshops

 With Artist/Teacher Paul Ingbretson


 Description: This is a hands-on workshop on the creation of a portrait based on the "Boston School" approach. It will include discussions of the "Boston School" light-based methods; demonstration of the "Boston School" approach; key aspects of professional behaviors; and regular hands-on critiques by Paul. 

 Materials needed: oil paints, brushes, canvases

 Studio will provide: models, easels

 Location: The workshop will be held in the beautiful, north light Ingbretson Studios located at 250 Canal Street in Lawrence, MA.

 Dates: Weekday Afternoons,1 to 4 pm

August 17-21, 2020

August 24-28, 2020

 Price: $650 for one week or $1,200 for two weeks

 Contact: Paul at 603-348-3056 or