Workshops and Classes

Fall Classes at Washington Studio School

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DROP-IN FIGURE DRAWING SESSIONS
WSS provides three opportunities each week for students and others to practice their figure work from the model in a monitored but non-instructed basis. We encourage all students to take advantage of these sessions! They are available to WSS students and outside artists as well. Please check our Constant Creative Card for a multiple session discount.

  • Monday evenings, 7-10pm
    Varied short poses – drawing only
    $18 (with reduced cost packages available)
  • Thursday evenings, 7-10pm
    Long pose – sometimes two consecutive weeks – drawing or painting
    $18 (with reduced cost packages available)
  • Friday afternoons, 2-5pm
    Long pose – drawing or painting
    $18 (with reduced cost packages available)

DRAWING: FALL TERM 2017
Fall session runs from September 25 through December 10, with a few workshops earlier in September.

BEGINNING DRAWING
Tuesday 2-5pm
Instructor: Carol Rubin
$455
An essential course emphasizing seeing and the principles of drawing from life: sensitive line quality, gesture, mass, volume, visual measurement, negative shape, the figure/ground relationship, and development of a personal handwriting. Students work from still life, interior space, the model and occasionally landscape. Each of the three academic terms has a slightly different focus (line, shape/value, and space/composition) making it possible to study the foundations slowly and in depth over the course of the year.

BEGINNING DRAWING
Tuesday 7-10 pm
Instructor: Martin Wall
$455
An essential course emphasizing seeing and the principles of drawing from life: sensitive line quality, gesture, mass, volume, visual measurement, negative shape, the figure/ground relationship, and development of a personal handwriting. Students work from still life, interior space, the model and occasionally landscape. Each of the three academic terms has a slightly different focus (line, shape/value, and space/composition) making it possible to study the foundations slowly and in depth over the course of the year.

BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE DRAWING
Thursday 7-10pm
Instructor: Mary Freedman
$455
This foundation class for beginning and intermediate students introduces and furthers the study of the visual language through observation. Working from still life, interior space and the figure, students develop an understanding of the basic principles of drawing three-dimensional form. Studies in line, shape, value, proportion, and positive/negative space are deepened, as are perceptual issues regarding the mark, gesture, planes, and placement on the page. The foundation classes are run for the full academic year with a different focus each term.

BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE DRAWING
Saturday 10am–1pm
Instructor: Joren Lindholm
$455
This foundation class for beginning and intermediate students introduces and furthers the study of the visual language through observation. Working from still life, interior space and the figure, students develop an understanding of the basic principles of drawing three-dimensional form. Studies in line, shape, value, proportion, and positive/negative space are deepened, as are perceptual issues regarding the mark, gesture, planes, and placement on the page. The foundation classes are run for the full academic year with a different focus each term.

ADVANCED DRAWING: ABSTRACT OR ABSTRACTION?
Tuesday 10am-1pm
Instructor: Katie Pumphrey
$455
This class will address the difference and the overlap between the terms abstraction and abstract in drawing. As we let go of recognizable imagery does it mean that we are leaving reality behind? Isn’t all work abstract to some degree, and doesn’t strong abstraction depend on our understanding of external reality to provide a meaningful visual vocabulary? Experienced students in this class will explore the fertile territory and various possibilities that arise when one uses paint and mark to push perception into invention and abstraction. How do we put down on paper how something feels as well as how it looks? How do our varied tools give us the means to make charcoal or graphite say what we need them to? Students will develop a vocabulary that comes out of seeing, intuition and the materials themselves.

FIGURE DRAWING
Wednesday 7-10pm
Instructor: Diane Wilson
$455
This class is for students with some prior drawing experience. Emphasizing the continued refinement of perceptual drawing skills, the course concentrates on the structure, movement and expressive qualities of the figure. Students work towards a personal sensibility through a variety of drawing materials.

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED DRAWING: PERCEPTION AND BEYOND
Monday 2-5pm
Instructor: Susan Yanero
$455
What do we really see? This class will engage the personal vision of each student and push it to see more like an artist in that everything that is seen is beautiful, complete, and intense. In this playful class, the learning that will take place will invoke the outside world but will also call upon our visions inside, and will bring them together. We will draw from the human form, from nature, and from moving still lifes to see what is really there. Your vision will lead you in ways that you could not possibly imagine.

MASTER REMIX: MINING ART HISTORY
Wednesday 10am – 1pm
Instructor: Jill Phillips
$455
All throughout history artists have copied, borrowed, interpreted, and reconfigured images and ideas from those who came before them. How can exploring works of the past help us to see differently and make better work now? The goal is not to copy per se, but to provide a jumping off point for our own inventions. Using a variety of materials and scales, we will investigate the complex pictorial structures and dynamic compositions of work from the Renaissance to present times, looking at the movement, rhythms and groupings within the paintings. Students will choose several paintings to transcribe by taking them through various levels of abstraction, all the while looking for lessons to bring to our own contemporary paintings and studio practice.

BEGINNING PAINTING (FULL)
Monday 7-10pm
Instructor: Brian Kelley
$455
Students will learn the fundamentals of painting: materials and tools, paint handling, shape, value, color mixing and composition. The course provides a solid foundation for students interested in developing their perceptual and aesthetic skills. It runs the full academic year with a different emphasis each term. Fall term covers shape, value and planes in depth, winter emphasizes color, and spring is space and composition – although each are covered to different degrees in every term. It is recommended that students take all three terms for maximum benefit, however they can be taken independently as well. Subject matter includes still life, interior space and figure.

BEGINNING PAINTING
Thursday, 10am-1pm
Instructor: Milena Spasic
$455
Students will learn the fundamentals of painting: materials and tools, paint handling, shape, value, color mixing and composition. The course provides a solid foundation for students interested in developing their perceptual and aesthetic skills. It runs the full academic year with a different emphasis each term. Fall term covers shape, value and planes in depth, winter emphasizes color, and spring is space and composition – although each are covered to different degrees in every term. It is recommended that students take all three terms for maximum benefit, however they can be taken independently as well. Subject matter includes still life, interior space and figure.

INTERMEDIATE PAINTING: CREATING LUMINOUS PAINTINGS
Monday 10am-1pm
Instructor: Trevor Young
$455
This class will build confidence with color using the simplicity of everyday objects and dramatic light. In this class, you will learn how to create dynamic space using spatial tension and understand how warm and cools create intense and subtle light with the goals of preserving freshness, richness in light, and creating satisfaction in our paintings.

INTERMEDIATE PAINTING: SPACE, FORM and CONTENT
Tuesday, 7-10pm
Instructor: Joren Lindholm
$455
For students with some basic painting experience, this class is a further exploration into figure/space relationships, issues of design and composition, color orchestration and planar structure, as well as the use of mark as a vehicle for expression and content. Students will work from still life, interior space and the figure, as well as individual sources as subject matter as they move into making the work more personal, expressive and inventive.

ADVANCED PAINTING: ABSTRACT OR ABSTRACTION?
Tuesday 2-5pm
Instructor: Katie Pumphrey
$455
This class will address the difference and the overlap between the terms abstraction and abstract in painting. As we let go of recognizable imagery does it mean that we are leaving reality behind? Isn’t all work abstract to some degree, and doesn’t strong abstraction depend on our understanding of external reality to provide a meaningful visual vocabulary? Experienced painters in this class will explore the fertile territory and various possibilities that arise when one uses paint and mark to push perception into invention and abstraction. How do we put down on canvas how something feels as well as how it looks? How do our varied tools give us the means to make paint say what we need it to? Students will develop a vocabulary that comes out of seeing, intuition and the paint itself.

MASTERING THE FIGURE
Wednesday 2–5pm
Instructor: Diane Wilson
$455
While strengthening perceptual and technical skills, this course will investigate the materials, expressive content and visual concepts of painting and drawing as they relate to the human form. Students work towards a personal sensibility, while learning to express the complexities of the human form in its spatial environment. Gesture, proportion, skeletal structure, planar structure and placement within the rectangle are all addressed. While primarily a painting class, students are welcome to draw or use wet drawing media.

WATERCOLOR
Friday 2-5pm
Instructor: Brian Kelley
$455
A watercolor mark is distinct and easily differentiated from the marks made with oils or acrylics. Transparent layers of washes interspersed with the glistening of the textured white paper left untouched, and crisp dry brush marks that stand in contrast are part of the language of watercolor. To handle the medium is to balance the fluidity, the unexpected with the controlled; to observe the water as it carries the pigment across a shape. One chooses to interfere or not interfere, to dab, to subtract, or to let dry and add another mark afterwards. At the same time the placement, size and relationship of the shapes in the composition have to be considered. With practice comes playfulness with the element of chance, rather than hesitancy; and that is when the marks come to life. Students will have an opportunity to practice mark-making and handling of the medium, while painting from observation from a variety of subject matter.

SOURCES: WHAT TO PAINT OR DRAW?
Wednesday 2-5pm
Instructor: Joanne Kaufman
$455
This class will explore a wide variety of non-traditional sources of painting and drawing. Going beyond abstract expressionism, we will consider the text and ideas laden works of Jasper Johns, Cy Twombly, Peter Sacks and Ed Ruscha; Agnes Martin’s and Robert Ryman’s meditative canvases; the compilations of Markus Lupertz; and Julie Mehretu’s maps, to name a few. Students will be asked to do some reading outside of class. They will be able to work with whatever materials they are most comfortable with.

INDEPENDENT TOPICS IN PAINTING
Thursday 2-5pm
Instructor: Milena Spasic
$455
This class is for intermediate and advanced level students who have a commitment to painting and seek to develop a personal vocabulary and direction that will begin to define their own identity as a painter. With guidance from the instructor, students will explore sources and subjects of their choice, working independently both inside and outside of class.

Sculptor’s Eye: Drawing with Clay
Wednesday 7-10pm
Instructor: Jon-Joseph Russo
$455
This class is for sculptors and painters alike, showing how sculptors gain the ability to see and think in three-dimensional space. Painters will further develop their sense of space by working with it physically. The goal is to imbue drawing with the character of making sculpture and to have clay possess the fluidity, quickness and spontaneity of drawing. This will be achieved by using coarse drawing media with line work that will represent the clay modeling tools, then working in clay with fingers, tools in the same directness of expression.

The class may begin with an exercise in bas relief, then move to the figure as the sculptor progresses from drawing on paper to the sketch with clay, ‘the study, the maquette’, which can be treated as a series of explorations into details, or into larger finished sculptures.

Washington Studio School is located at 2129 S. St. NW. For more information, call 202.234.3030 or visit www.washingtonstudioschool.org.