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COPIES: ANALYSIS AND VARIATION ONLINE COURSE. September 10-December 10, 2020. Massachusettes College of Art and Design. Thursdays, 2-6 p.m. Paintings from art history will be the point of departure for exploration of pictorial structure. We will work from paintings made prior to the 20th century. Mediums will include graphite, charcoal, collage, acrylic and/or oil paint. Each participant will look deeply at a series of images and generate permutations through simplification and abstraction. This rigorous and wide-ranging analysis of images from our painting ancestors will feed our own work and imaginations as we engage with images that speak to us still.

LINEAGE INTO PAINT  ONLINE WORKSHOP. October 10-14, 2020
Saturday-Wednesday. Black Pond Studio, Rehoboth, Massachusetts. Photos of relatives — those we have known in life and those we can know only from the images — will be the sources for this workshop. These photos might trigger a narrative, imaginary or real. We might begin with an impulse for detail and description, a desire to imagine those we can know in no other way. The ultimate goal will be reduction and a search for how much is enough. By analyzing the images as designs in a rectangle, breaking down the pictorial elements through simplification and abstraction, we will build drawings and paintings that stand on their own. Mediums will include graphite, collage, acrylic and/or oil paint.

DRAWING: PROPORTION AND ECONOMY January 13-17, 2021
Wednesday - Sunday. Black Pond Studio. This ONLINE workshop will present a drawing method that results in accuracy of proportion. We will use straight lines to find relationships between the rectangle and the parts of the motif. This approach is a way of looking and seeing, not a style, and can be used to find the essential structure of any subject. We will work from images of the figure and the head. With practice, this method leads to an intuitive, personal balance between accuracy and individual voice.

THE HEAD EXAMINED: MADRID Monday, May 31 to Friday, June 4, 2021. Portraits from the Museo del Prado and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum collections will be the point of departure for study of pictorial structure and invention with a focus on the head. We will work from reproductions of European art’s greatest treasures. You may work from postcards, photocopies from books, or images on your devices (tablet or laptop). Included at the midpoint of the workshop is a visit to the museums to see the works in person. On one day we will have a model to study the universal proportions of the head from life. Mediums will include graphite, charcoal, collage, acrylic and/or oil paint. Each participant will look deeply at one or two images and generate permutations through simplification and abstraction. This rigorous and wide-ranging analysis of images from our painting ancestors will feed our own work and imaginations as we engage with images that speak to us still

LINEAGE INTO PAINT June 18-24, 2021. Ballinglen Arts Foundation, County Mayo, Ireland. Photos of ancestors — those we have known in life and those we can know only from the images — will be the sources for this workshop. These photos might trigger a narrative, imaginary or real. We might begin with an impulse for detail and description, a desire to imagine those we can know in no other way. The ultimate goal will be reduction and a search for how much is enough. By analyzing the images as designs in a rectangle, breaking down the pictorial elements through simplification and abstraction, we will build drawings and paintings that stand on their own. Mediums will include graphite, collage, acrylic and/or oil paint.