Online: Exploring Figure Painting and Drawing Through the Spirit of Matisse

Workshop Date:April 11

When: Sunday, 10-2pm

Sessions: 1

Price: $125 for members, $150 for non-members

Teaching Artist: Laura Shabott and Alana Barrett

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Matisse (1869-1954) revolutionized how we respond to the figure in paint so completely that students will see his influence in contemporary artists, and themselves. The course begins with a lecture on Matisse’s interiors of saturated color, and graphic stylization with his cutouts. We will work from a model, with exercises presented by Laura Shabott and Alana Barrett that evoke the principles used in Matisse’s work.

A model will start with a series of gesture drawings, move to two longer poses and then to a final pose for the remainder of the day. Critique happens in real time through the Zoom experience. Each person will leave with a deeper understanding of how to paint and draw the figure. Artists of all levels including new-to-art people of all ages (18 and over or with parental permission) are welcome

Laura Shabott discovered Provincetown and settled there while finishing her diploma from the SMFA at TUFTS. About her work, Emily Mergel writes in Artscope Magazine “Shabott continually draws inspiration from abstract expressionist Hans Hofmann and breaks forms into their most evocative essentials…She seizes the opportunity to burst the gallery walls, speaking with intentional gesture in visual vocabulary all her own.”

Shabott shows with Berta Walker Gallery, Provincetown; with exhibits at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Ely Center for Contemporary Arts (New Haven), Fine Arts Work Center, Four Eleven Gallery, Provincetown Art Association and Museum and Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill.

Alana Barrett is a multidisciplinary artist that works across a variety of two dimensional and three dimensional mediums, including paint, woodworking, electronics and fabrics. Her work spans a variety of subject matter from robotic sculptures to hard-edged abstract paintings. All of her work, however, is united by playful spatial relationships, whimsical perspectives, and her curious nature and willingness to experiment.

She is currently teaching art courses on topics such as abstract art, Han’s Hofmann’s principle of “push/pull”, figurative expression, color theory, and more, at the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, the Provincetown Art Association and Museum and The Art Guild.

She also works as a leader and creator of “The Art Hang” – a free online community course that aims to harness the social power of art in order to decolonize, democratize, and discuss creative fields.

Alana is a recent graduate of the University of Miami, with an undergraduate degree in Studio Art.