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FIGURE: STRUCTURE AND PAINT August 9-15 and August 19-25 (two sections), 2017. Ballinglen Foundation, Ballycastle, North County Mayo, Ireland. The figure holds enormous potential for meaning and experession in art. Our focus in this seven day drawing and painting workshop is to understand the relationship of the figure to the space it occupies, in terms of shape, colour and value.
Working from the clothed model, we will begin with two days of drawing exercises to learn an intuitive drawing method that cuts to the essential structure of the figure, leading to drawings that are accurate and in proportion.
From there we will do a series of painting exercises that focus on perception and the craft of painting. We will aim for simplification of the complex into flat shapes of colour. This simplification will free us to study the ways in which shape, value and color can create an illusion of form and space on a flat surface.
Developing these abilities will serve your intentions and objectives and free you to make choices in your work based on strengths rather than weaknesses.

STILL LIFE: BUILT AND PAINTED October 6-9, 2017. Black Pond Studio
How much is enough? Time lends depth to the painted image and frees us to pare down to the essential. Participants will build and light individual still-life setups and have four 6-hour sessions to complete one painting. This will be an antidote to the usual three-hour classroom paintings.

FIGURE: STRUCTURE AND VARIATION  June 11-15, 2018. New School of Art, London. The figure will be the point of departure for exploration of pictorial structure. We will walk the line between accuracy and abstraction in our search. This line will lead us to create an image in the simplest terms: a shape and a colour made of paint. (Not a head or a leg). We will generate permutations through simplification and abstraction. This rigorous and wide-ranging analysis of the motif will help us see through and around the meaning of things to grasp relationships between objects and space. Mediums will include graphite, ink, acrylic or oil paint, and collage.

THE HEAD EXAMINED  June 18-22, 2018. New School of Art, London. This workshop takes a reductive approach to painting the head, experimenting with how little information is necessary. We will investigate whether translating the head into simple, accurate shapes of colour and value can create a truer likeness than detailed description can. Universal proportions of the head will be covered. Light and the way it affects perception of structure will be emphasised, as well as finding specific and surprising colour. We will work from the model. Self-portraits and a study of historical and contemporary portraiture will be included. Some painting experience required; oil paint is the preferred medium. 

THE HEAD EXAMINED October 12-14, 2018. Townsend Atelier, Chattanooga, Tennesee. This workshop takes a reductive approach to painting the head, experimenting with how little information is necessary.  Students will investigate whether translating the head into simple, accurate shapes of color and value can create a truer likeness than detailed description can. Universal proportions of the head will be covered. Light and the way it affects perception of structure will be emphasized, as well as finding specific and surprising color. There will be two models from which to work to ensure that all students get an excellent and up-close view of the head.   Self-portraits and a study of historical and contemporary portraiture will be included. Some painting experience required; oil paint is the preferred medium.

 
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