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CLOSE TO HOME

WITH TIM KENNEDY AND EVE MANSDORF

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL

August 2-6, 2021
Monday-Friday

ONLINE WORKSHOP. Familiar and overlooked subjects will be the basis for unexpected and inspired paintings. Think of Bonnard’s windows or Fairfield Porter’s views of his neighborhood on Long Island. A landscape does not have to be a mountain in the distance, but might be a space as intimate as your back yard. Often the evidence of human presence can help to organize a motif, and objects can mitigate the boundless quality of landscape with specificity, narrative and humor. Such motifs present the possibility of contrasting the organic color and forms found in nature with synthetic color, shape and manufactured surfaces.

Participants will pick a site where people and nature coexist, whether it be a back yard, a park, a swimming pool, or the outskirts of a suburban neighborhood. Plan to produce a series of small, one-day paintings that explore both the natural beauty of a place and the human use of that space as it may be presented through objects, activities or built structures. We will use Zoom to meet two to three times a day to share our work.


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HOT SUMMER NIGHTS #1

WITH JENNIFER POCHINSKI

AN ONLINE MIXED MEDIA WORKSHOP

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL

August 13-15, 2021
Friday-Sunday

“I thought art was a verb, rather than a noun” — Yoko Ono

WHY COLLAGE
Mixed media or collage can be a gateway to discover new ideas and processes by bringing in ready-made elements of our surroundings into our work. As a painter, I am constantly striving for richness and layers in my work. By adding imagery directly from the world around me I can test ideas, achieve meaning and develop a broader vocabulary in my painting practice -- in an instant!
This is a short but intense workshop. It is more project based rather than working on general fundamentals of painting within some context. There is a strong physical and sculptural aspect of collage. Ideas can be worked out literally using your hands.

MATERIALS
You'll need to have a wood panel or board. Something sturdy - not canvas. It is also good to have on hand some other types of board such Illustration, bristol, cardboard, or something similar.
As for materials to collage onto the surface - anything and everything will do! Pages from magazines or books. Letters, cereal boxes, maps, photos, old paintings, drawings or watercolors, pamphlets etc. Paint medium of your choice.

PROCESS
We will glue these materials onto the surface with any of the following: Acrylic Matte Medium, Neutral PH Adhesive (which is a white glue for framing) GAC 100, or if you have another preferred adhesive that is fine. These should dry pretty quickly and on top of the collaged panels or boards we will paint objective or figurative imagery (no abstract). You may work in the paint medium of your choice.

FORMAT
Taking advantage of long summer days, the weekend format starts out Friday night (EST) with a presentation that will deal a little with paint application and the art of collage. Demos will also be included to help clarify. Question and answer will follow. Saturday and Sunday evening EST will be feedback sessions and discussion of the work that will be posted on Padlet. The group will be divided into two smaller groups for a better experience for all. Non US people should be scheduled into the earlier group.

SCHEDULE
FRIDAY PRESENTATION: 7 pm EST two-hour presentation and explanation of the exercise/project. Q & A. Both groups attend.

SATURDAY FIRST CRIT:
Group A 4-6 pm EST (1-3 PST)
Group B 6:30 - 8:30 EST (3:30-5:30 PST)

SUNDAY FINAL CRIT:
Group A 4-6 pm EST (1-3 PST)
Group B 6:30 - 8:30 EST (3:30-5:30 PST)
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HOT SUMMER NIGHTS #2

WITH JENNIFER POCHINSKI

AN ONLINE MIXED MEDIA WORKSHOP

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL

August 20-22, 2021
Friday-Sunday

“I thought art was a verb, rather than a noun” — Yoko Ono

WHY COLLAGE
Mixed media or collage can be a gateway to discover new ideas and processes by bringing in ready-made elements of our surroundings into our work. As a painter, I am constantly striving for richness and layers in my work. By adding imagery directly from the world around me I can test ideas, achieve meaning and develop a broader vocabulary in my painting practice -- in an instant!
This is a short but intense workshop. It is more project based rather than working on general fundamentals of painting within some context. There is a strong physical and sculptural aspect of collage. Ideas can be worked out literally using your hands.

MATERIALS
You'll need to have a wood panel or board. Something sturdy - not canvas. It is also good to have on hand some other types of board such Illustration, bristol, cardboard, or something similar.
As for materials to collage onto the surface - anything and everything will do! Pages from magazines or books. Letters, cereal boxes, maps, photos, old paintings, drawings or watercolors, pamphlets etc. Paint medium of your choice.

PROCESS
We will glue these materials onto the surface with any of the following: Acrylic Matte Medium, Neutral PH Adhesive (which is a white glue for framing) GAC 100, or if you have another preferred adhesive that is fine. These should dry pretty quickly and on top of the collaged panels or boards we will paint objective or figurative imagery (no abstract). You may work in the paint medium of your choice.

FORMAT
Taking advantage of long summer days, the weekend format starts out Friday night (EST) with a presentation that will deal a little with paint application and the art of collage. Demos will also be included to help clarify. Question and answer will follow. Saturday and Sunday evening EST will be feedback sessions and discussion of the work that will be posted on Padlet. The group will be divided into two smaller groups for a better experience for all. Non US people should be scheduled into the earlier group.

SCHEDULE
FRIDAY PRESENTATION: 7 pm EST two-hour presentation and explanation of the exercise/project. Q & A. Both groups attend.

SATURDAY FIRST CRIT:
Group A 4-6 pm EST (1-3 PST)
Group B 6:30 - 8:30 EST (3:30-5:30 PST)

SUNDAY FINAL CRIT:
Group A 4-6 pm EST (1-3 PST)
Group B 6:30 - 8:30 EST (3:30-5:30 PST)



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SUMMER'S END

WITH NANCY McCARTHY

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL

ON SITE AT BLACK POND
(fully vaccinated only)

September 24-26, 2021
Friday-Sunday
10 a.m.-6 p.m.

As summer’s abundance fades and the quiet of autumn begins, we will observe and paint the complex landscape. Our focus will be summarizing this complexity into distinct shapes of value and hue. A series of exercises with large brushes and palette knives will encourage this process, and a one-session painting will be completed each day. we will also view contemporary and historical landscape painters and discuss the issues, tools and procedures unique to painting outdoors. This workshop will energize those who have painted outdoors many times as well as introduce this adventure to those doing so for the first time. Water based or oil paint may be used.
Lunch is included in the price of the workshop.
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THE SPACES WE LIVE IN
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WITH CLINTEL STEED

October 8-12, 2021
Friday-Tuesday

This ONLINE workshop will investigate the approach of the Nabis, specifically Vuillard and Bonnard. We will look at how these painters turned their home environments into personal narratives. Our own domestic spaces, in which we were quarantined, and the mundane objects around us, will be our subject matter. Painting strictly from observation will free us to investigate how our own space relates to geometry and the rectangle. We will concentrate on structure (perspective, scale, and relationships) while considering color and light. Our challenge will be to look at our own living spaces to see how they can become meaningful through the act of painting.
There will be three meetings per day on Zoom. Work will be shared on an online platform.
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PAINTERS PAINTING

WITH JENNIFER POCHINSKI
OCTOBER 22-26, 2021
Friday-Tuesday

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL

When you give up on the idea of right and wrong, you get rid of everything — freedom from ideas and responsibilities. — Agnes Martin

ONLINE WORKSHOP. Participants will meet daily on Zoom over the course of five days. There will be slide presentations as well as demos that illustrate the focus for the day. Exercises will be introduced in the meeting each morning. Participants will post their work on Padlet and will have group feedback in the afternoon/evening.

Exploration and discovery are the main objectives for the course. The exercises will be based both from life and from photo sources.

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TRANSCRIBING ITALIAN MASTERS
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WITH LUCY MacGILLIS

Five meetings
WEDNESDAYS
September 29
October 6
October 13
October 20
October 27
2021

11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Eastern time, US and Canada

In this intensive ONLINE course painters will look closely at 500 year old Italian masterpieces, investigating just what it is about them that is so timelessly captivating. Using the method of transcription, we will draw from these paintings each morning without copying them, but searching for the brilliant uses of rhythm, duality and repetition within the geometry of these compositions. From Masaccio to Benozzo Gozzolli, Lippi, Sebastiano del Piombo, and concluding with Michelangelo, we will explore a specific painting at length on paper and in a group discussion over Zoom. Participants will also create a painting sketch to better grasp the use of color in that day's masterpiece.

Each participant will receive a kit in the mail, prior to the course, containing the prints of the five paintings we will transcribe as well as paper measured in proportion to the works. There will also be primed Fabriano paper provided for afternoon painting studies. The cost of the supplied materials is included in the workshop fee.

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THE FIGURE: DRAWING AND PAINTING

WITH CATHERINE KEHOE

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL

Five meetings
MONDAYS
2-6 p.m. Eastern time, US and Canada

November 1
November 8
November 15
November 22,
November 29, 2021

The figure attracts our attention more than any other subject. In this ONLINE workshop, we will work from images of models in specific lighting conditions. You will learn a drawing method that results in accuracy of proportion, an approach that is a way of looking and seeing, not a style. With practice, this method leads to an intuitive, personal balance between accuracy and individual voice. Exercises will explore line, shape, value, and color. Oil paint is the recommended medium. We will meet on Zoom and share the work in an online album.
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LIGHT AND TIME

WITH STEPHANIE PIERCE

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL

Five weekly meetings.
TUESDAYS
November 2
November 9
November 16
November 23
November 30
1:00-4:30 p.m. eastern time, US and Canada

ONLINE WORKSHOP

In this painting workshop, students will explore light, time, and underlying geometry. Subjects lit by natural and artificial light will be painted from direct observation. Formal strategies such as reductive drawing, use of the grid, and collage will be investigated. Projects will examine color as light to create compositions that amplify aspects of the subject. As Giacometti said, “The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity.”
Participants will work on a larger, ongoing painting throughout the five weeks, accompanied by smaller one-session works each week. Emphasis will be on keeping the work open, letting go of preconceived outcomes, and responding to weekly prompts. Reflecting on your work through writing will also be part of the process. Prior painting experience working from observation is recommended. Oil paint is the suggested medium.
Meetings will be held on Zoom, and work will be shared on an online platform.

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THE ITALIAN NOVECENTO

WITH LUCY MacGILLIS

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL

November 12-14, 2021
Friday-Sunday

In this intensive three day ONLINE class, we will study the Italian Novecento, focusing on the works of three protagonists, Felice Casorati, Giorgio Morandi and Fausto Pirandello. After an art historical introduction to each painter and the context in which they were working, we will transcribe from a painting of theirs. Initially with a pencil and paper we will explore the composition, looking how and rhythm and duality are used create depth in each painting. In the second half of each day we will use oil paint to study the specific color relationships in these pieces and practice mixing paint.
Participants will receive a small packet in the mail prior to the class containing prints of the paintings we will be studying, Fabriano drawing paper measured with the proportional dimensions of the original as well as primed paper for painting the color study. The cost of supplied materials is included in the workshop fee.

Italy-based Lucy MacGillis enjoys sharing her knowledge of Italian art history from the perspective of a painter rather than that of a historian.
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LINEAGE INTO PAINT

WITH CATHERINE KEHOE

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL

Five weekly meetings
WEDNESDAYS
December 1, 2021
December 8, 2021
December 15, 2021
December 22, 2021
December 29, 2021
2-6 p.m. Eastern time, US and Canada

ONLINE WORKSHOP. 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.
We will meet on Zoom and share the work in an online platform.
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PAINTING THE FIGURE WITH THE ITALIAN EARTH PALETTE

WITH LUCY MacGILLIS

June 24-26, 2022
Friday-Sunday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

IN PERSON. On site at Black Pond
FULLY VACCINATED

In this intensive three-day course, Lucy MacGillis shares her love for paint, beginning with its creation — mixing raw earth pigments from Italy with linseed oil. Working directly from observation of the model, participants learn not only how to create their own paint, but are guided in looking closely at the tones of the figure before them. By limiting the range of colors, painters use the relationships between colors to give them more force.
Using herculaneum and pozzuoli red, warm italian earth, yellow ochre, naples yellow, earth green, herculaneum blue, burnt and raw umber, roman black earth, and titanium white, participants are encouraged to paint with the palette knife via trial and error, mixing, placing the paint and scraping it off as needed — the result being a harmonious study of space, color and form.
Working directly from the observation of the nude model, participants are encouraged to simplify the figure into simple, carefully mixed planes of color.
On the each day there will be several fast studies as well as longer poses. Each day ends in a group critique including art historical examples, referring back to the Italian tradition of figure painting.