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FIGURE: STRUCTURE AND VARIATION May 15-19, 2017 Boulder, Colorado. 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 color 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 24, 25 and 26, 2017. Black Pond Studio 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (lunch is provided)
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 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. 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. Limited to seven participants. Price includes model fee.

THE HEAD EXAMINED Art New Englad Workshops. July 16-22, 2017. 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 color and value can create a truer likeness than a detailed description. A simple, intuitive drawing method will be introduced to help with drawing accuracy; universal proportions of the head will be covered. Light and the way it affects perception of structure, as well as finding specific and surprising color will be emphasized. We will work from two models. Self-portraits, a cut-paper collage exercise, and viewing historical and contemporary portraiture will be included. Some painting experience is required; oil paint is the preferred medium.

FIGURE: STRUCTURE AND PAINT August 19-25, 2017. Ballinglen Foundation, Ballycastle, North County Mayo, Ireland. The figure holds enormous potential for meaning an 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 colour 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.

 
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