Weekend Workshops – Elmer Boyd Smith and Country Landscapes in Watercolor


Elmer Boyd Smith (1860-1943) was a prominent American painter and writer and illustrator of children’s books. Born in Saint John, New Brunswick, and raised in Boston, Smith was classically trained as a painter in France. He moved to Wilton during the early 1900s where he found a successful career as an author and illustrator. The images in his books were often inspired by or directly copied from the scenes he saw throughout Wilton.

On Saturday, September 9, from 11 am to 12 pm, the Wilton Historical Society will hold its very own Elmer Boyd Smith and Country Landscapes in Watercolor workshop for kids. Participants will view “The Town Book:  E. Boyd Smith’s 20th Century Wilton” exhibit in the main gallery before embarking on a “make your own watercolor” adventure led by Museum Educator Catherine Lipper with modern images of known Wilton landmarks as inspiration.

Suggested for ages 6-10. Members: $10 per child; Non-members $15 per child.

To register, please fill out the form below or email info@wiltonhistorical.org

Did You Know?

Besides creating nationally recognized children’s books, Smith also was instrumental in building the first permanent home for Wilton Library and was an active member of the Board of Education despite having no children of his own.