Online: Identity & Experience: Painting Our Lives

From time to time, every artist wonders what their work is about. Evocative paintings often imbue the essence of the artist in the paint — whether through choice of content or the rhythms of paint application. This workshop will explore the nature of identity in painting, starting with our individual preoccupations and moving into personal explorations of landscape, portraiture, and still life. The goal of the workshop is to create a small body of work focused on a theme, an archive of source materials, and to establish a sense of trajectory that will allow each of us to continue working after the workshop. Prompts for getting started with our explorations will be offered, but participants will be encouraged to pursue ideas that are important to them regardless of the prompts.

This workshop will use Zoom for two six-hour Saturday sessions. The first Saturday is focused on learning from several artists working in dialogue with the workshop’s theme. Using prompts drawn from these artists’ work, we’ll engage their thinking in our picture making. During the week, participants will be encouraged to continue working on their own (as time allows) and everyone will schedule an individual consultation with the instructor. The following Saturday is focused on more consideration of artists relevant to the workshop, continued studio work, and a final group review.

Workshop participants don’t need to have a studio, but should have a workspace (inside or outside) that has internet access or data access for an on-going Zoom call (computer or phone). The course is open to artists of all levels, who are interested in oil painting, acrylic painting, or multimedia approaches. Ideally you should have some familiarity with the materials with which you choose to work as material demonstrations are somewhat ineffective over Zoom.