Pam DeYoung

What is Theorem Painting? Theorem Painting is an early American art form started in the 1800’s in finishing schools for 12-13 year old young ladies. The young students were limited in their abilities but wanted to paint a picture. A technique was then created where a series of layered stencils were used to establish a perfect design. What was appealing is that it enabled a non-professional to create an acceptable art form.
My college years prepared me for a health care career but always felt there was a creative side that was unexplored. I started taking art classes and couldn’t absorb enough.
Spreading my wings I took a class from a woman that had her certification from the Historical Society of Early American Decoration (HSEAD) in Theorem Painting. After one class I was all in.
Growing up in MA and living in Yarmouth Port now, I have always had a respect for our New England history, its antiques, buildings and their survival. Theorem Painting put me back where I felt I belonged with my art. What excitement those young girls must have felt when they finished painting their theorems!