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DRAWING: ALL OUTDOORS
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WITH DENNIS CONGDON

September 20-24, 2019
Friday-Tuesday

“A drawing of a tree shows, not a tree, but a tree being-looked-at …”
— John Berger, “ Drawn to the Moment.”

The edge of the woods has always been a rich and specific location between shade and sun, and the preferred home to much flora and fauna …and many painters.

In this workshop we will make drawings at the edge of the woods – from shade looking to light and from light looking into shade. We will explore the brambles, hedge, hummocks, copse, and tump of the Black Pond acreage. We will discuss how one chooses a motif. And we will study techniques for developing smaller plein-air drawings into larger scale studio drawings, working with ink, ink wash, charcoals, and pencil.

Participants must bring a love of drawing and a hat with a brim.
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THE ACT OF PAINTING

WITH JENNIFER POCHINSKI

November 8-12, 2019
Friday-Tuesday

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

The act of painting is not about executing something well. It’s what happens instead.

The week will be about setting up exercises that will encourage something unexpected to happen.

During the five days of the workshop we will work on an enormous still life, work from a model and finally end with a day of self portraits from life or photos. We will also devote one day to working from photos. Three of the five days will focus on figuration.

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.

Participants who paint in oils will get the most out of this workshop.

Price includes a model session.
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PHOTO AS CATALYST
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WITH JANICE NOWINSKI

March 27-29, 2020
Friday-Sunday

How can we best use the photograph as source material for paintings? In this workshop we will consider which information we glean from a photograph and how we transform that information into work that is personal. Where can the photo lead us in terms of memory, narrative, metaphor and invention? And how do the painter’s mark, color, and use of material contribute to the content? We will depart from purely perceptual painting and “paint the emotion awakened by what you see,” using photographs as a catalyst. This workshop is for experienced painters. Limited to ten participants.

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COLOR RULES
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WITH NANCY McCARTHY

May 15-17, 2020
Friday-Sunday

Color Rules! It does, absolutely, but there are NO rules, no formulas, no tricks. There is intention, getting color to say what you want it to say. In this intensive workshop we consider basic color concepts such as value, hue, and saturation and learn how to manipulate them to energize our work. Building color relationships with gouache on paper helps up understand how color functions and to build our personal color vocabulary. This workshop is meant for anyone working with color: painters, designers, architects, etc.
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WATERCOLOR: BREAK NEW GROUND
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WITH ELIZABETH O'REILLY

June 25-29, 2020
Thursday-Monday

Expand your watercolor fluency by experimenting with value, color, mark making and scale. Through a variety of exercises and techniques including staining, texture, dry brush, wet on wet and accidents, you will become more aware of how to manipulate the medium while maintaining its fluidity. Multiple studies will be created using references from nature. Other exercises may include working large (to put our body motion into the strokes), working abstractly, and creating collages from students’ own drawings and paintings. Looking at images of contemporary watercolor will be included. Participants should have some previous experience with watercolor.
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LINEAGE INTO PAINT

WITH CATHERINE KEHOE

July10-14, 2020
Friday-Tuesday

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

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.

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PAINTING THE FIGURE WITH THE ITALIAN EARTH PALETTE
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WITH LUCY MacGILLIS

July 19-21, 2020
Sunday-Tuesday

In this intense 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.