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BLACK POND STUDIO

Black Pond Studio hosts workshops in painting, drawing and other disciplines. To register for a workshop, follow the "BUY" link below the title. If you prefer to pay by check, contact us at blackpondstudio@gmail.com.
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STILL LIFE WITH A TWIST
$700

WITH AMY MAHNICK

March 6-10, 2017
$700
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
(Lunch is provided)
Abstraction and representation go hand in hand. In order to create a convincing illusion, a painter has to find the right relationship of flat shapes of color. Similarly, abstract paintings that convey a sense of light, space, form and atmosphere, either one, or all of these traits found in representational painting, strike a deeper chord. In this workshop we will focus equally on each. First, we will build an unconventional set up using a variety of objects. I will share some of my own props constructed out of recycled plastic and packaging materials, in addition to Black Pond’s unique collection of props, and we will make one or two of our own out of collected detritus or nature. Then we will proceed as if painting a straightforward still life, but after a day and a half of painting we will intervene in our set ups, upsetting what has become familiar in order to break open our compositions. The second phase of our paintings will be a search to find the place where abstraction and representation balance harmoniously, creating canvases that are at once representational, abstract, ordered and energetic.
BLACK POND STUDIO CLASSES + WORKSHOPS
PAINTING THE ENERGY OF NATURE
$425

WITH NANCY McCARTHY
May 6, 7 and 13, 2017
$425
(Saturday, Sunday and Saturday.) 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (lunch is provided) Those who have painted outdoors many times or those doing so for the first time are welcome to join this outdoor painting experience meant to energize your painting practice. We will work to simplify the complex vistas of the natural world into shapes of specific value and hue, starting with a series of exercises to encourage rapid work with large brushes and palette knives. Over the three days students will complete three one-sitting paintings. The workshop will begin with a discussion of the issues, tools and procedures unique to painting outdoors and an image presentation of the work of contemporary and historical landscape painters. Black Pond Studio’s 40 acres provide fields, trees, swamp and pond, as well as indoor spaces to work if rain interrupts us. All mediums are welcome. Limit: 10 participants.

BLACK POND STUDIO CLASSES + WORKSHOPS
OPEN MODEL SESSION FEBRUARY 26, 2017
$40

Sunday, February 26, 2017

$40
Join us for a six-hour model session. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Single pose all day. No instruction, just a chance to paint or draw uninterrupted. Price includes model, beverages, and snacks. Bring your lunch. Bring a portable easel and painting or drawing supplies. Palette tables, stools and chairs are provided. Only odorless solvent (Gamsol), if used. Come as early as 9:30 a.m. for coffee and to set up. Model will start at 10. Limit: 10 participants.
BLACK POND STUDIO CLASSES + WORKSHOPS
OPEN MODEL SESSION 2, 2017
$40

Sunday, March 19, 2017
$40
Join us for a six-hour model session. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Single pose all day. No instruction, just a chance to paint or draw uninterrupted. Price includes model, beverages, and snacks. Bring your lunch. Bring a portable easel and painting or drawing supplies. Only odorless solvent (Gamsol), if used. Come as early as 10:30 a.m. for coffee and to set up. Model will start at 11. Limit: 10 participants.

BLACK POND STUDIO CLASSES + WORKSHOPS
OPEN MODEL SESSION 3, 2017
$40

Sunday, April 9, 2017
$40
Join us for a six-hour model session. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Single pose all day. No instruction, just a chance to paint or draw uninterrupted. Price includes model, beverages, and snacks. Bring your lunch. Bring a portable easel and painting or drawing supplies. Only odorless solvent (Gamsol), if used. Come as early as 10:30 a.m. for coffee and to set up. Model will start at 11. Limit: 10 participants.
BLACK POND STUDIO CLASSES + WORKSHOPS
OPEN MODEL SESSION 4, 2017
$40

Sunday, April 30, 2017
$40
Join us for a six-hour model session. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Single pose all day. No instruction, just a chance to paint or draw uninterrupted. Price includes model, beverages, and snacks. Bring your lunch. Bring a portable easel and painting or drawing supplies. Only odorless solvent (Gamsol), if used. Come as early as 10:30 a.m. for coffee and to set up. Model will start at 11. Limit: 10 participants.

BLACK POND STUDIO CLASSES + WORKSHOPS
EARTH AND SKY

WITH HARRY STOOSHINOFF

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL.
Send an email to blackpondstudio@gmail.com to be added to the waiting list.
September 25-29, 2017
$700

To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.
— Kurt Vonnegut

We will begin by walking the landscape and recording motifs with photos and quick compositional sketches that will serve as studio reference. The majority of our investigations will take place in studio with a collage resource file that we will produce and use as a group.
There will be ample opportunity for one-on-one feedback and group discussion. Objectives include color mixing, developing composition skills, and resolving a painting in one sitting.
Three types of small painted compositions will be created in a studio setting:
1) abstract collages, with or without over-painted additions.
2) small format paintings from landscape motifs
3) combination collages/paintings from landscape motifs.
Participants will produce two pieces each day of the workshop.
Materials:
• acrylic paints
• small format art papers or painting panels
(9 x 12 inches is a good panel size. 11x14 inch heavy art papers will provide some space for a border around the work).
• Water soluble white glue (Lepages or Natura are common brands. Yes! Paste is an ideal glue choice)
• A brayer or small rolling pin for the collage work.
Limit: 10 participants

BLACK POND STUDIO CLASSES + WORKSHOPS
ONE-SHOT STILL LIFES

WITH JENNIFER POCHINSKI

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL.
June 12-16, 2017
$700
In the brush doing what it’s doing, it will stumble on what one couldn’t do oneself.
— Robert Motherwell.

The workshop will be based on working from a large still life set up. The morning session will consist of short, small paintings done on fugitive supports such as canvas boards or primed paper. These will be done premier coup — no tweaking later! Each afternoon will be spent on one canvas — a new one each day. The goals: to learn to trust first instincts; to hone skills by painting what is directly observed — but without overthinking or second-guessing.

Materials:
• 10 smaller sized canvas boards or primed chipboard (with a drawing Clip Board for support)
• 5 canvas 16 x 20 or smaller
• assorted brushes
• set of oils that should include:
Titanium white
Ultramarine blue
Pthalo blue
Cadmium red
Alizarine crimson permanent or quinacridone red
Hansa yellow light or cad yellow light or medium
Gamblin Neo Megilp medium or any favorite medium.
Gamsol
Limit: 10 participants.

BLACK POND STUDIO CLASSES + WORKSHOPS
THE HEAD EXAMINED

WITH CATHERINE KEHOE

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL.
Please email blackpondstudio@gmail.com to be added to the waiting list.
June 24, 25 and 26, 2017. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (lunch is included)
$475
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.