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Course 420: Winter Skies: Works on Paper

South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA

Saturday, February 29, 2020, 10:00-4:00

Van Ruisdael View of Haarlem Motif


In this workshop we’ll question: how does the artist capture atmosphere, open space, shifts of time and changing weather? What makes us want to stop and notice the world around us (cause us to look up) in an information saturated age? Students will focus on capturing the sky in all it’s grandeur and volatility and learn to make a personal statement in an abstracted landscape. Leave with preparatory sketches, trust in the process, and develop studies into a larger work. For inspiration, we’ll look at cloud studies by John Constable, landscapes by J.M.W. Turner and Jacob van Ruisdael and consider Wolf Kahn’s utilization of both “control and letting go” technique. As preparation, students may photograph five or six horizon/sky photos at different times of day with their iPhones, or, alternatively, collect five or six horizon/sky photos from magazines. Students may also share slideshow examples of artist works exploring landscape and sky. There will be artist demonstrations and discussion of works on paper in acrylic, sketching, and developing a series of small, limited palette landscape studies in various square, rectangle and panoramic formats. This will be followed by creation of a larger work based on preliminary studies.

2/29 Sat 10:00–4:00
$120M $165NM 1 class