Workshops and Classes

Fall Workshops at Washington Studio School

Work by Ken Kewley. Courtesy of Washington Studio School.

Work by Ken Kewley. Courtesy of Washington Studio School.

MASTER CLASS with visiting artist KEN KEWLEY
Friday/Saturday – November 18-19
10am – 5pm
$400
One Thousand Collages, Abstraction and the Figure – Without a Model
An exploration of pure abstraction and the abstraction in the figure through collage. We will draw and paint by means of collage. The statements, ‘You cannot make it up’ and ‘You must make it up’ are both true. We must let both guide us. What we put down on our paper are real things that we can adjust just as we pose the model in our studio. It is this abstraction that we must adjust if we are working purely abstractly or if we are working from life. On Day 1 the class will make a thousand collages. On Day 2, additional collages will be transformed into figures without losing the abstraction, all without a model. All on a path away from copying and rendering towards a more exciting and ultimately more real picture of what we find beautiful in the human figure.

Photo courtesy of Washington Studio School.

Photo courtesy of Washington Studio School.

PUSHING PASTEL POSSIBILITIES
Wednesday, October 19 through November 16
10am – 1pm
Instructor: Jill Phillips
$245
Soft pastels are a unique, versatile, responsive and portable medium. They offer the speed and directness of drawing, along with the rich, varied and layered color possibilities of painting. The immediacy of the material leads to a freshness in the work, and since there are no ‘rules’ to pastel painting it can allow for lots of experimentation. Working from still life, figure and nearby landscape, students will explore traditional and innovative approaches and techniques. Qualities of pastels, tools, and surfaces to work on will be considered. Opportunity for combining pastel with other mediums is also explored.

Photo courtesy of Washington Studio School.

Photo courtesy of Washington Studio School.

THE KEY TO UNLOCKING THE MASTERS
Saturday, October 8 and 15
2-5pm
Instructor: Joren Lindholm
$110
There are no better teachers than the masters! The transcription of a master painting is often the key that unlocks visual language and spatial structure for students. Throughout history artists have studied and transcribed the work of those before them and brought the lessons learned into their own work. Students in this workshop will individually choose works by master artists, both old and modern. They will use dry drawing media to make a series of studies based on the master imagery, as well as a personal interpretation of the work. The lessons from this are invaluable.

Photo courtesy of Washington Studio School.

Photo courtesy of Washington Studio School.

PLANTS AND THEIR ABSTRACTIONS
Saturday/Sunday – October 22/23
Saturday at WSS – 10am -3pm
Sunday at the National Botanical Gardens – 1-4pm
Instructor: Mary Freedman
$160
Examining and interpreting the unique movements, repetitions and abstractions inherent in individual plants and groupings of plants, students will meet Saturday at WSS to begin the drawing exploration in the classroom. On Sunday the class will meet on the Mall at the National Botanical Gardens where the exotic rhythms and shapes of plant life and the spaces between will then become the source for the drawings.

Photo courtesy of Washington Studio School.

Photo courtesy of Washington Studio School.

INT/ADV DRAWING: DANCE OF THE PLANE
Monday, October 24, 31, November 7, 14, 28
2-5pm
Instructor: Jill Phillips
$245
The interaction of planes and their potential for creating space, volume, movement and tension is a critical piece of the vocabulary of both observational and abstract drawing. We will work from the figure and still life in interior space to understand value shapes as planes that push us back into space, turn corners, and create rhythms as they react to each other and to the picture plane.

Photo courtesy of Washington Studio School.

Photo courtesy of Washington Studio School.

THE LANDSCAPE: OUTSIDE-IN
Wednesday, November 9, 16, 30 and December 7
2-5pm
Instructor: Carol Rubin
$215
When the weather is raw there is much to learn about the landscape from studying natural motifs in the studio. This workshop will focus on seeing abstractions in nature through observing gesture, form, shape and pattern found in the landscape. Students will be encouraged to bring their own temperament and expression into their mark making.

Photo courtesy of Washington Studio School.

Photo courtesy of Washington Studio School.

DIGGING INTO EARTH COLORS
Tuesday/Wednesday – December 13/14
10am-5pm
Instructor: Milena Spasic
$215
From Paleolithic cave paintings to contemporary times, earth pigments have been an unchanging staple on the palettes of painters. These largely organic materials have proven to be stable, durable and are relatively inexpensive. Participants in this workshop will explore the complexities of mixing and working with a palette of earth colors. By examining the value, temperature and saturation relationships of these colors, we begin to understand the role of earth tones in our paintings. What function do they play in modifying and affecting other colors? How do they work in conjunction with other more prismatic or synthetic colors, while contributing to the overall unity of the painting? Students will paint a variety of still lifes which will be the springboard for exploring the answers to these questions. We will also examine the work of master painters who have relied heavily on the use of earth colors in their paintings.

Register for classes at http://www.washingtonstudioschool.org/artclassescourses-programs/workshops-marathons.