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BLACK POND STUDIO

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BLUEPRINT FOR A BETTER PAINTING
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WITH ELIZABETH GEIGER
SEPTEMBER 24-28, 2018
(Monday-Friday)
Lunch is provided

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 IS FULL.
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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
DRAWING MARATHON
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WITH GWEN STRAHLE
MARCH 28-31, 2019 (Thursday-Sunday)
Lunch is provided

Drawing can be painterly, whether using charcoal, pencil or ink. This workshop will stimulate and maintain a continuous flow of drawing energy and examination. We will work from a still-life set-up that includes the model, using various materials and approaches. Exercises will be woven into the structure, including drawing from memory, gestures, drawing from other members of the studio. We will build abstractly to serve observation — drawing, re-drawing, re-thinking, re-seeing, re-working, to pull the drawing out from the inside, through process. Let’s make changes in order to dig deeper into the drawing experience, and provide opportunity for new invention. And, of course, it’s a marathon, so non-stop drawing...

BLACK POND STUDIO CLASSES + WORKSHOPS
WATERCOLOR into COLLAGE: CUT! CUT!
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WITH ELIZABETH O'REILLY
MAY 20-24, 2019
Monday-Friday
Lunch is provided

The workshop will begin with drawing and painting the model, still life and landscape, using watercolor, to provide material for use in collage. Working from the model in motion, the resulting line drawings will yield cut out shapes. Using still life, we will deconstruct and reassemble planes as an introduction to Cubist-influenced collages. Sketches from the landscape will provide inspiration for flattening and simplifying shapes. Instruction will combine several techniques and materials with ideas for incorporating collage into your own work. Also, bring copies of your previous work as a source for collage. A look at artists, historical and contemporary, who have worked in collage, will expand the possibilities. Individual attention and instruction, as well as group critiques, will be part of each session.