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BLACK POND STUDIO

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DRAWING: ALL OUTDOORS
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WITH DENNIS CONGDON

September 20-24, 2019
Lunch is provided.

“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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WATERCOLOR: BREAK NEW GROUND
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WITH ELIZABETH O'REILLY

June 25-29, 2020
Thursday-Monday
Lunch is provided

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
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WITH CATHERINE KEHOE

July10-14, 2020
Friday-Tuesday
Lunch is provided

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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THE NATURAL WORLD: SHAPE AND COLOR

WITH NANCY McCARTHY

May 30-June 2, 2019
Thursday-Sunday
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Lunch is provided

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

The natural world has remained a potent source for artists throughout history. The focus of this workshop is simplifying complex vistas into distinct shapes of specific value and hue. A series of exercises with large brushes and palette knives will encourage this process. We will view contemporary and historical landscape painters and discuss the issues, tools and procedures unique to painting outdoors. Each day a one-session painting will be completed. Those who have painted outdoors many times or those doing so for the first time are welcome to join this intense workshop meant to energize your painting practice. Water based or oil paint may be used.
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THE GARDEN

WITH SUSAN LICHTMAN

July 8-12, 2019
Monday-Friday
Lunch is provided

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

As a painting subject, the garden sits somewhere between landscape and domestic interior. A planned space used for aesthetic contemplation or for growing food, gardens have also served artists, since the Roman era, as a setting for pictorial narratives.

In this workshop we will make paintings about gardens, working from direct observation and invention. Painting perceptually in the gardens at Black Pond, we will also work from models, photographic sources, still lives of both organic forms and hardware store items. We will use the pure shapes of flowers and fruited vines, sun hats, watering cans, hammocks and hoes. We may evoke themes of Adam and Eve, Agony in the Garden, or a Constant Gardener who digs for truth.

Basic experience in perceptual painting is recommended for participants of this workshop.
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PAINTING WITH THE EARTH PALETTE — LA MATERIA

WITH LUCY MacGILLIS

JUNE 26-28, 2019
Wednesday-Friday

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

Lunch is provided
In this intensive three-day course, Lucy MacGillis shares her love for paint, beginning with its creation — mixing raw earth pigments from Italy with linseed oil. Venetian and Pozzuoli red, warm Italian earth, yellow ochre, Naples yellow, earth green, Herculaneum blue, burnt and raw umber, roman black earth, and titanium white are created by participants and then used to respond to the still life.
Participants will make several studies and a group critique (including art historical examples) ends each day.

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THE ACT OF PAINTING

WITH JENNIFER POCHINSKI

MAY 4-8, 2019
Saturday-Wednesday

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

The act of painting is not about executing something well. It’s what happened 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, then 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.

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.