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FIGURE: STRUCTURE AND PAINT (Day class) September 5-December 12, 2018. Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Wednesdays, 2-6 p.m. The figure and still life will be the points of departure for exploration of pictorial structure. We will walk the line between accuracy and abstraction in translating the visible world into two dimensions, creating images in the simplest forms: shapes and colors made of paint. This rigorous and wide-ranging analysis of the motif will help us grasp relationships between figure/object and space. Mediums will include graphite, collage and oil paint.

FIGURE: STRUCTURE AND PAINT (Night class) September 5-December 12, 2018. Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Wednesdays, 6:30-10 p.m. The figure and still life will be the points of departure for exploration of pictorial structure. We will walk the line between accuracy and abstraction in translating the visible world into two dimensions, creating images in the simplest forms: shapes and colors made of paint. This rigorous and wide-ranging analysis of the motif will help us grasp relationships between figure/object and space. Mediums will include graphite, collage and oil paint.

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.

COPIES: ANALYSIS AND VARIATION 13th - 19th August 2019
Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ballycastle, Ireland. Paintings from art history will be the jumping-off place for exploration of pictorial structure and invention. Mediums will include graphite, collage, acrylic and/or oil paint.
Each participant will look deeply at one or two images and generate permutations through simplification and abstraction. We will work from reproductions of paintings from the 14th through the 19th centuries. 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.
Recommended: Start with one image that you would like to work with in various media. Bring a few extra images (postcards, printouts from online, etc) in case you exhaust the possibilities or your interest in the first image. 

 
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