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Homeschool Program: Landscape Painting and the Artist Robert S. Duncanson

May 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Join Historic Geneva for a program about landscape painting and the Seneca-County-born artist Robert S. Duncanson on Wednesday, May 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Homeschool students will explore the process of creating art from the view outside. Robert S. Duncanson (1821 – December 21, 1872) was a 19th-century American landscape artist of European and African ancestry. Born in Fayette, NY, he became the most important landscape artist of the West in the 19th century. Inspired by famous American landscape artists like Thomas Cole and Asher B. Durand, Duncanson created renowned paintings of the American and European countryside. He was the first African-American artist to be internationally known.

Homeschooling families are welcome to join us to learn about this art form on the grounds at Rose Hill Mansion. We will examine images of the works of Robert S. Duncanson to see how he created landscape art. Students will learn what a landscape painting is, and how artists use them to tell a story, convey a feeling, describe a particular place, or explore light and color. We will focus on the process artists like Duncanson and Cole used to create their works. After learning about the art form and process, children can try creating their own landscape painting of the views around Rose Hill.

This program is aligned with the New York State standards in Visual Arts. It is designed primarily for children in grades K through 6. Families with children of all ages are welcome to attend, as there will be coloring and painting activities geared toward younger learners as well.

Seneca County is having a yearlong celebration (June 1, 2021 – May 31, 2022) of Duncanson in honor of his birth. Partner organizations, including Historic Geneva, are producing programs and digital materials on the artist throughout the year.

This program will be conducted out of doors. If the program is canceled due to wet conditions, it will be rescheduled for Thursday June 1 at the same time. The program costs $5 per child for age 5 and up. Adults and younger siblings are free. Advance registration is required and space is limited. To reserve a space, call Historic Geneva at 315-789-5151 or email

Rose Hill Mansion is located at 3373 Route 96A, about a mile south of Routes 5&20, near Geneva, New York. The house is open May through October, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m. The grounds are open year round, free of charge. For more information about Rose Hill, call 315-789-3848.

Rose Hill Mansion is owned and operated by Historic Geneva, formerly the Geneva Historical Society, at 543 South Main Street, Geneva. Historic Geneva tells the stories of Geneva, New York at the Geneva History Museum, Rose Hill Mansion, and Johnston House, and online at