Painting in the Benton Style: 5-Day Residency

Jean Cook

Missouri native Thomas Hart Benton had, arguably, the most recognizable style of all 20th-century American painters. Ignoring the Modernist movement, he developed a style that would come to be known as Regionalism. Local teaching artist Jean Cook guides students through a hands-on study of the Benton style. Students will learn, through application, Benton's philosophy toward his subjects and how it is essential to understanding his work. Through composition, drawing, and painting, students will attain the look and style of Thomas Hart Benton and the Regionalist artists of his time. 


To schedule this program please contact us at 816-531-4022 or by email at


Grade Levels: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12

Fees: $110 $110 single, $95 each for 2 or more on the same day; A $110 planning meeting is required; Materials Fee: TBD / The break between workshops must not exceed 90 minutes to receive the reduced rate. Title 1 Schools may qualify for funding assistance.

Maximum Audience Size: 30

Availability: Limited; please inquire

Program Length: 45 minutes

Teacher Guide: painting in the benton style

Requirements: VHS/DVD player; acrylic paints and brushes; palette or palette paper; pencils and drawing paper with drawing board; water containers (one per student); acrylic glazing liquid (Golden brand) - one jar per classroom (optional but saves paint); canvas, canvas panels or gessoed masonite board (at least one per student, 8"x 10" up to 16"x 20"); easels if available

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