VISITING ARTIST WORKSHOPS—WINTER 2017
521 Fibrant Sketches/Energized Paintings
Very often we love our preliminary sketches and color studies more than the final painting! In this workshop let’s look at “Why?” Is it the fresh quality of the line? Or is it an intuitive subjective response as opposed to an objective “rendering” of the scene? Through a series of exercises we will attempt to stay fresh, stay strong, and keep a painterly and sketch-like feel to the work. We will also decide color choices with more immediacy, pushing values and finding new and surprising colors inside a shadow. We will use a few “right-brained” and “timed drawing” exercises on paper that will feed into the work on canvas, and assist in maintaining that beloved sketch sense as we move through the painting. We will draw with bold lines onto paper, and then move into either oil or acrylic and continue to draw onto our canvas. Come prepared to free yourself from rendering, and finish with pieces that feel fresh and alive.
2/4–2/5 Sat and Sun 10:00–4:00
$195M $240NM 2 classes
501 Masks and Mirrors: Portraiture Today/A Drawing Class
What is portraiture in the 21st century? How do you see yourself and others? We will look for new ways to visualize the portrait. What is behind the mask and how much of it do we need to see? What associations, artifacts, symbols and mediums help define the inner life? We will examine the perceptual vs. the conceptual and the direct vs. the indirect ways of arriving at images to construct an individual’s identity. Problems will be given as starting points, with some work to be done in class and outside of class. Experimentation with collage is highly encouraged and may include old letters, pages from cookbooks, art books, newspapers, plastic, wood, cloth fragments, or anything that will set the stage for the idea to build on. This course moves into the known and the unknown areas of portraiture: dare and imagination are necessary. The investigation and focus in this work will relate to how other visual concepts about your art can be developed; that is, how the portrait becomes part of an artist’s evolution through their work.
6/9–6/11 Fri–Sun 9:30–3:30
$450M $495NM 3 classes
522 The Not So Still "Still Life"
Capturing the magical luster of metals—whether high-shine or low-luster —sets the stage for paintings of dramatic effect. Learn to paint the reflections of shiny objects and subtle transparencies in glass forms. Through demonstrations, instruction, and exercises, you will discover techniques that will enable you to capture the flash and flare of metal and glass, while responding expressively to the challenges of reflected light on transparent surfaces. Drawing and some painting experience is required.
6/4 Sun 9:30–3:30 1 class
560 Mixed Media Drawing and Painting
This multi-media class encourages an exploration of materials and finding one’s process in the transition from drawing to painting. We will begin drawing from observation and quickly move into the addition of various materials. You may choose to work in representation or abstraction or transform your drawing to include the imagined or remembered. Charcoal, graphite, pastel, oil pastel, ink, shellac, and acrylic paints will all be introduced. The addition of collage and photographic transfers may also be integrated into the work. Finding a personal preference to materials, mark making, and surface will be discussed in relation to meaning. We will look at the work of Jim Dine, Christopher Wool, Kiki Smith, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Julie Mehretu and many others. Come with lots of paper, as we will work vigorously. Open to all levels.
5/27, 5/28 Sat–Sun 9:30–3:30
$225M $260NM 2 classes
565 Expanding Your Vision With Oil & Cold Wax
The focus of this workshop will be on expanding your personal vocabulary and vision through a series of exercises that will loosen you up and also help you discover techniques of moving paint. We will be exploring cold wax and other media to create expressive, richly surfaced paintings. Materials such as: R&F pigment sticks; graphite, ink, pastels and oil paint will be introduced. Demonstrations will include: layering, excavating, monoprinting,glazing along with, texture, mark making and editing. Students will be encouraged to work in a series, while revisiting the painting process. Activities will include exercises, informal group discussion, individual support, power points and more. We will focus on: content, how to see, and moving the work forward. Some art background would be helpful. Workshop is for beginners to professionals. A supply list will be provided online.
5/19–5/21 Fri–Sun 9:30–4:00
$455M $495NM 3 classes
Visiting Artist Workshops
Since 1999, South Shore Art Center has hosted master workshops with outstanding, nationally-recognized artists. The Visiting Artist program provides a challenging and in-depth opportunity for participants to be nurtured and inspired in our studios and on location—taking advantage of the stunning coastal landscape. Each year, hundreds of working artists and students from throughout New England participate in three to five day workshops.
Students work in our studios and on location in our beautiful coastal landscape. Register online www.ssac.org or call 781-383-2787. PDPs available.
John Brooks Maginnis
Antonia Ramis Miguel
Images at top: Dean Nimmer, Nancy McCarthy, Bill Flynn
Image at left side: Dan Welden