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BLUEPRINT FOR A BETTER PAINTING

WITH ELIZABETH GEIGER
SEPTEMBER 24-28, 2018 (Monday-Friday)
(lunch is provided)

This workshop will open for registration in January 2018

Geiger’s paintings are informed by art history, intuition and a desire to create visual drama. These forces create tension between nature and the internal world of emotion. In this workshop we will develop a series of studies to address drawing, composition, tonal and color relationships separately BEFORE the final painting. This preparatory work will help participants approach a painting with greater understanding and confidence. Painters will consider compositional ideas with thumbnails and drawings, create an underlying tonal structure with black and white paintings and finally experiment with color using a limited palette. Working from still-life setups, participants will make important decisions before attempting their final piece.
BLACK POND STUDIO CLASSES + WORKSHOPS
COMPOSITION AND PAINT

WITH AMY MAHNICK
November 9-12, 2018 (Friday-Monday)
(lunch is provided)

This workshop will open for registration in January 2018

The arrangement of flat shapes of color, whether they remain abstract, or coalesce into figuration, is the most important factor in the expressive quality of a painting, and where the heart of meaning can be found.
In this workshop we will investigate our own intuitive sense of design by looking at the coincidence of forms in space with the vertical, diagonal and horizontal divisions of our canvases. Taking that information, we will create variations of placement and tone to reflect different emphasis and moods. Working from observation of the still life, and aided by simple picture plane devices, we will work swiftly, but accurately. Discovery and planning will be equally emphasized.
On the last day we will do an exercise that flips convention on its head, but also reinforces the idea that, at its foundation, all painting is abstract.
BLACK POND STUDIO CLASSES + WORKSHOPS
PUSHING PAINT

WITH JENNIFER POCHINSKI
AUGUST 20-24, 2018 (Monday-Friday)
(lunch is provided)

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL.
email blackpondstudio@gmail.com to be added to waiting list.

The week will start out with painting from a large still life. These will be quick reactions on small fugitive supports such as canvas boards or paper. Mid-week we will work from a model. Again, these will be quick, untethered exercises. The last two days we will be working from photos that each participant will provide.
Whether working from the natural world, or the mediated world, these subjects are just vehicles that trigger quick responses. Done from the gut, 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, rendering or decorating. It will be a week of unfiltered mark making; maybe some stretching into new territory which each painter can carry into her own practice.

BLACK POND STUDIO CLASSES + WORKSHOPS
PUSHING PAINT 2

WITH JENNIFER POCHINSKI
AUGUST 27-31, 2018 (Monday-Friday)
(lunch is provided)

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL.
Please email blackpondstudio@gmail.com to be added to the wait list.

The week will start out with painting from a large still life. These will be quick reactions on small fugitive supports such as canvas boards or paper. Mid-week we will work from a model. Again, these will be quick, untethered exercises. The last two days we will be working from photos that each participant will provide.
Whether working from the natural world, or the mediated world, these subjects are just vehicles that trigger quick responses. Done from the gut, 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, rendering or decorating. It will be a week of unfiltered mark making; maybe some stretching into new territory which each painter can carry into her own practice.