New York Transit Museum to hold painting demonstration

By Heather Holland on May 30, 2012 1:44pm 

Antonio Masi's watercolor piece "A View From Below" is on display at the Transit Museum.
Antonio Masi's watercolor piece "A View From Below" is on display at the Transit Museum.
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Brooklyn Heights — Manhattan watercolor artist Antonio Masi is hosting a painting demonstration and family workshop at the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn Heights in June.

Masi opened an exhibit at the museum on May 12, dubbed “New York’s Golden Age of Bridges,” featuring watercolor paintings of nine of the city’s major bridges, including the Brooklyn, Williamsburg and Queensboro Bridges.

Now, the artist is teaching others how to depict these colossal structures using his unique watercolor techniques.

On June 3, at 1:30 p.m., the artist will give a 45-minute painting demonstration to children ages six and older at the museum, and parents are invited to paint their own pieces during a family workshop at the museum’s Education Center.

Masi’s style includes traditional use of watercolor, but his trick is to combine thin washes with much thicker washes to depict the heaviness of the bridge.

“I discovered watercolor can be used in a thick manner,” said Masi in a written statement. “And it can express the heaviest subjects imaginable.

With watercolor, I contrast the mass, power and delicacy of my subjects.”

Masi’s exhibit of city bridges will be displayed at the Transit Museum through Oct. 7. The demo and workshop event will be repeated on Aug. 4 at 1:30 p.m.

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