WITH ERIN RAEDEKE
1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. eastern time US and Canada
In this ONLINE painting workshop, we will work from a common object, but the way each of us interprets this object will be anything but common. Each participant will include a balloon as part of a still life. Inflated or deflated, in the air or laying on a table, a remnant from a party that tells a narrative or a stand-in for a sphere in a formal investigation — these are just a few ways this ordinary object can be used and interpreted. Along with working from a common object, we will also share the same palette of colors, further exploring how sharing something in common can lead to individual expression and interpretation. Meetings will be held on Zoom and work will be shared on Padlet. Oil paint is the recommended medium.
WITH CATHERINE DRABKIN
May 17-20, 2024
Friday - Monday
IN PERSON AT BLACK POND. Gouache is a wonderfully versatile medium. In this intensive long weekend, you will learn how to make it work for you. We will dive into painting an expansive and evolving still life/interior space. Exploring the mystery of the everyday, we will turn ordinary forms into the extraordinary. Each day, your work will be supported by individual conversations and group critiques. Our goal will be to discover the challenges and thrills of using light, shadow, and color to make meaning and build a sustainable, nimble studio process. Studio sessions will include a slide talk and discussion that explores rhythm, movement, the creative process, and a variety of art historical masterworks. WORKSHOP FEE INCLUDES LUNCHES.
WITH ELIZABETH O'REILLY
JUNE 20-23, 2024
IN PERSON AT BLACK POND. Using one object of your choice, you’ll receive 100 prompts for ways to paint it in watercolor or the water-based medium of your choice. Some prompts will be slow and thoughtful, some will be fast and furious, and some will stretch your color choices. Your object could be a pineapple, an artichoke, or a witch hat — anything that will engage you over several days. Other possibilities: painting your object in a good or bad mood, with a blindfold on, or on a large scale. To expand your options, acrylics, pastels, and collage may be used in addition to watercolor. The goals of the workshop will be to break out of old habits, increase your proficiency, and have fun doing it! Workshop fee includes lunches.
WITH LUCY MacGILLIS
June 27-29, 2024
10 a.m.-5 p.m. eastern time
IN PERSON AT BLACK POND!
In this intensive three-day workshop, we will work from a still life setup, with handmade Italian earth paints. Lucy will share her joy of 'la materia' — the material of paint itself, and the grinding process of oil paint. The limited earth palette and use of palette knives will help participants improve their mixing of tones, and consider more carefully the relationships of colors. We will make several quick studies and one longer one; daily critiques will include art historical references. We will focus specifically on Cezanne's still life paintings in this class, sketching from his work as well as creating our own paintings. Some pigment will be supplied and lunch will be provided each day. Workshop fee includes lunches.
WITH VERA ILIATOVA
1-4:30 p.m. eastern time
Taking inspiration from the history of cinema and painting, students will examine the parallels between these two media. How can color, value, composition, and texture be used to create a narrative progression and a passage of time? What is narrative and can it be expressed abstractly as well as literally? Each week we will look deeply into these concepts across a selection of contemporary and historical paintings and films. Thematically, we will focus on still life, landscape, and interior as the starting points for creating a narrative. Students will be given a prompt to experiment with in their own paintings and drawings. Students will develop technical and conceptual skills that are crucial to the painting process. The course will include image presentations, film clips, and recommendations for further film viewing and reading. Meetings will be held on Zoom and work will be shared on the Padlet platform.
WITH NANCY McCARTHY
Sept 10-Dec 17, 2024
Tuesdays 6:00 -9:30 p.m.
September 10 and 24
October 8 and 22
November 5 and 19
December 3 and 17
There are 3 main objectives in this ONLINE class:
• To identify aspects of your work that are distinct and personal, and to explore ways of developing and fortifying those aspects.
• To determine areas of your work that are weak and/or diminish your work and (using a variety of exercises), work to improve those areas.
• To establish a consistent, disciplined painting practice.
The goal of creating more personal and powerful paintings will be addressed by considering the following issues: content, composition/format, color, surface as well as materials and craft. We will explore the aspects of painting that interest each student most, including experimentation with materials and conceptual and technical approaches to painting or more traditional work from observation. Classes consist of discussion, image presentations and critique. Each student will develop a set of written goals as well as a painting schedule. Students must be present and are encouraged to participate in all discussion and critiques. Students will post new work, preliminary drawings, and work in progress on the Padlet each week for discussion. Additionally, students are required to research and identify their relatives, 3 artists whose work shares common elements with their own work or the work they aspire to do.
Those who want more structure and/or direction will be given assignments tailored to their particular needs. Group discussion of student work along with looking at contemporary and historical painting will enhance the class.
Meetings will be held on Zoom and work will be shared on Padlet, the online platform.
WITH SUSAN LICHTMAN
AND ROBIN FEUER MILLER
10:30 a.m-2 p.m. eastern time
ONLINE WORKSHOP. This interdisciplinary, team-taught workshop will bring together the practice of studio art and the study of Russian literature. Working in a range of media (drawing, painting, and digital), participants will use Russian fiction (and some critical theory) as source material for the creation of visual images. Readings will include short texts of Gogol, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Babel, and Nabokov.
Meetings will be held on Zoom and work will be shared on the Padlet platform.
Lectures by Robin Feuer Miller will introduce the readings, and visual exercises will be presented by Susan Lichtman. Both instructors will review the work with the group in live, interactive meetings. Participants should have basic drawing and painting experience.
Robin Feuer Miller, Edytha Macy Gross Professor of Humanities and Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at Brandeis University.
Susan Lichtman, Painter, Professor of Fine Arts, Brandeis University
Image: Anna Karenina by Susan Lichtman
WITH ELIZABETH REAGH
THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL
January 30-February 27, 2024
11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. eastern time
ONLINE WORKSHOP. We will approach still life painting as a pictorial journey, destination unknown, the only dead ends being cliché, sentimentality and timidity. Through a series of short and more sustained exercises we will focus on balancing intuitive and analytical powers to make compelling paintings. Some of the concepts we will explore to achieve this end will be observation, memory, and invention. Students may use oil or acrylic paints. Class sessions will include slide shows, demos, and in depth discussion about students’ work. Meetings will be on Zoom, and work will be shared on Padlet, an online platform.
WITH NANCY McCARTHY
THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL
May 30-June 2, 2024
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
IN PERSON AT BLACK POND! Color Rules! It does, absolutely, but there are NO rules, formulas, or tricks. There is intention, getting color to say what you want it to say. In this intensive workshop we consider basic color concepts such as value, hue, and saturation, and learn how to manipulate them to energize our work. Building color relationships with acrylic gouache on paper helps us understand how color functions and increases our personal color vocabulary. This workshop is meant for anyone working with color: painters, designers, architects, etc. WORKSHOP FEE INCLUDES LUNCHES.
WITH JENNIFER POCHINSKI
THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL
One of the pleasant things those of us who write or paint do is to have the daily miracle. It does come. ~ Gertrude Stein
June 6-10, 2024
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
IN PERSON AT BLACK POND
The workshop will center around painting from life. We will start with objects/still life and move to the figure and self portraits, with many short exercises throughout the five days. Basic materials needed: oil paint or acrylic. No specific palette required. Supports include mostly paper and some canvas or panels. Recommended for experienced painters. Workshop fee includes lunches and model.
Exploring the world through drawing, sculpture, printmaking and collage
WITH NANCY GRUSKIN AND MAUREEN NATHAN
THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL
September 11 through October 9, 2024
11 a.m.-2 p.m. eastern time
ONLINE: Much can be learned from working across media and exploring one theme through 2D and 3D processes. Prior to the start of this online workshop, participants will select a subject to serve as the springboard for their drawings, sculptures, prints, and collages. This subject could be a group of objects, a personal photograph, the view from the artist’s window, a work of art produced by another artist, or an intangible idea. Maureen Nathan will encourage participants to develop and explore their chosen subjects through a variety of drawing exercises that aim to expand the artists’ alphabet of marks with an emphasis on context. Nancy Gruskin will then shift the focus from 2D to 3D, inviting students to interpret their drawings as sculptures constructed of common household materials. In week three, these sculptures will serve as subject matter for prints. Nathan will introduce both intaglio and relief printmaking using recycled materials with water-based inks. In our fourth meeting, participants will explore paper cut-outs and the medium of collage with Gruskin, using their prints from week three as points of departure. Our fifth class will give participants the opportunity to talk about their work, as we consider final thoughts on the conversation between drawing, sculpture, printmaking, and collage.
Nathan and Gruskin will be participants in this workshop, as well as instructors, with the aim of facilitating exciting and unexpected outcomes. We will use Zoom to meet as a group and all work will be shared on Padlet. Slide presentations and demos will supplement both instructors’ exercises. A small craft press is useful, but not necessary, for the printmaking exercises.