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BLACK POND STUDIO

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DRAWING MARATHON

WITH GWEN STRAHLE
MARCH 28-31, 2019
Thursday-Sunday
Lunch is provided

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL. PLEASE EMAIL blackpondstudio@gmail.com to be added to the wait list.

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...
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THE ACT OF PAINTING

WITH JENNIFER POCHINSKI
MAY 4-8, 2019
Saturday-Wednesday
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.
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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.

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THE NATURAL WORLD: SHAPE AND COLOR
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WITH NANCY McCARTHY
May 30-June 2, 2019
Thursday-Sunday
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Lunch is provided

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.
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.