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BLACK POND STUDIO

PAST WORKSHOPS
STILL LIFE WITH A TWIST

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 PAST WORKSHOPS
OPEN MODEL SESSION 2

$40
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Sara. Join us for a six-hour model session. 11 a.m.-5 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 PAST WORKSHOPS
STILL LIFE: BUILT AND PAINTED

WITH CATHERINE KEHOE
Sunday, October 16
Sunday, October 23
Sunday, October 30
Sunday, November 6
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
$475
(lunch is provided)
How much is enough? Time lends depth to the painted image and frees us to pare down to the essential. Participants will build and light individual still-life setups and have four 6-hour sessions to complete one painting. This will be an antidote to the typical three-hour classroom paintings.
Day one: Build a setup and light it. Do several drawings to analyze the selection. Arrive at a final drawing on the painting support by the end of the day.
Day two: Do a first pass on the painting, covering it with your best color. By the end of the session the paint will be thin or scraped.
Day three: Do a second pass on the painting, assessing the color and value relationships and changing them, based on current lighting conditions.
Day four: Final pass on the painting, improving color and value relationships. Group discussion and review.
Medium: oil paint
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PAINTING: RESPONDING TO NATURE

WITH NANCY McCARTHY
September 10,11 and 17, 2016 (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 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 PAST WORKSHOPS
COPIES: ANALYSIS AND VARIATION

WITH CATHERINE KEHOE Sunday, June 5, 2016, 7-8 p.m. Monday, June 6, 10-5 Tuesday, June 7, 10-5 Wednesday, June 8, 10-5 (lunch is included) We undertake analysis of works of art, not because we mean to copy them, but in order to set ourselves in motion. — Paul Klee Complex paintings from art history will be the jumping-off place for exploration of pictorial structure and invention. Mediums will include graphite, charcoal, collage, acrylic and/or oil paint. Each participant will look deeply at one or two images and generate permutations through simplification and abstraction. We will work from reproductions of paintings from the 14th through the 18th centuries. This rigorous and wide-ranging analysis of images from our painting ancestors will feed our own work and imagination as we engage with images that speak to us still. Recommended: start with one image that you would like to work with, in various media. Bring a few extra images (postcards, printouts from online, etc.) in case you exhaust the possibilities or your interest in the first image. (collage image by Kathy Rubado)
BLACK POND STUDIO PAST WORKSHOPS
PAINTING THE ENERGY OF NATURE

WITH NANCY McCARTHY June 4, 5 and 11, 2016 (Saturday, Sunday and Saturday.) 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (lunch is included) Those who have painted outdoors many times or those doing so for the first time are welcome 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 PAST WORKSHOPS
MODEL SESSION ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY

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Sunday, February 7, 2016.
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Don't care about football? Join us for a six-hour model session. 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.