Frederick Childe Hassam (1859–1935) was an American Impressionist painter. He along with Mary Cassatt and John Henry Twachtman brought Impressionism to the American art scene.
Born in Dorchester, Boston, Hassam studied in Paris and then returned to the United States, living in New York and in the South End, Boston. He captured New England seascapes and rural life up and down the coast including Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. He also depicted urban scenes of New York and Boston.
A prolific artist, Childe Hassam “created more than 2,000 oils, watercolors, pastels, and illustrations, and—after 1912—more than 400 etchings and other prints. With these works he achieved critical acclaim and commercial success, riding the great wave of enthusiasm for American Impressionism to fame and fortune.” from The Met
This small but charming park is a tribute to his time living in the South End, Boston.
Childe Hassam Art Project for Kids
For my art project, I took photos of the large apartment building where Childe Hassam lived in the South End, Boston. I also took photos of the Childe Hassam Park. You can use my photos or use photos of a building or scene that inspires you.
I’m going to use one of the photos to do a quick watercolor study, something that Childe Hassam did to prepare for his oil paintings. I’m going to start with a light pencil sketch and then add watercolor washes for an unfinished and raw study. The idea is not to make it “perfect” but just try to figure out composition, light/dark value, and proportion. Think of this as a “watercolor sketch” for the sketchbook.
This is the Childe Hassam’s apartment building, “The Albemarle,” when he lived in the South End, Boston. It has an interesting “triangle” shape on the corner end. I caught a cyclist biking by in one shot; it reminded me of the street life that Hassam captured in his work.
Here’s my finished “watercolor sketch” of the building that Childe Hassam lived at in the South End, Boston.
I used Childe Hassam’s apartment building as my final project for the Architecture Sketching with Watercolor and Ink Course that I took taught by Alex Hillkurtz through Domestika.
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