The Cape Cod School of Art was the first outdoor school of figure painting in America; it was started by Charles Webster Hawthorne in Provincetown, Massachusetts in 1898.
The studio building off Miller Hill Road is on the List of Nationally Registered Historic Places.I've promised myself to get out to Ptown and visit the studio, probably this fall after all the tourists pull out. In the meantime, I've started collecting books by the teachers who worked that studio.
A lovely little book, Hawthorne on Painting, is a collection of notes of the students of Charles Webster Hawthorne, compiled by his wife, J. C. Hawthorne.
Quoting the first paragraph of the Introduction:
"Anything under the sun is beautiful if you have the vision--it is the seeing of the thing that makes it so.The world is waiting for men with vision--it is not interested in mere pictures. What people subconsciously are interested in is the expression of beauty, something that helps them through the humdrum day, something that shocks them out of themselves and something that makes them believe in the beauty and the glory of human existence."