Spring Classes and Workshops at Washington Studio School

By Editorial Team on March 21, 2018
Photo courtesy of Washington Studio School.

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OPEN HOUSE, Sunday, April 8 from 1-3pm

Meet the instructors and attend a free drawing session

 

Spring session runs from April 16 through June 25

WORKSHOPS and SHORT CLASSES, Spring 2018

  • ADVANCED DRAWING: AFTER THE CLASSROOM (FULL)
    6 Week Short Class
    Mondays 2-5pm — April 16 through May 21
    Instructor: Jo Weiss
    $290
    Stressing the skills learned through the myriad classes taken as a developing artist, this class looks to further develop a good studio practice. Asking questions such as where to take the lessons and how to develop the visual language along a course that is personally driven. Multiple media may be used, depending on the concerns of the student. Expect some reading and additional studio work.
  • HIGH SCHOOL TEENS (6 Weeks Drawing from the Live Model)
    Thursdays, April 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24 from 4:15 – 6:15pm
    Instructor: Mary Freedman
    $215
    High school teens should not miss this opportunity to have six weeks of instruction working from the live model in a fun and supportive yet serious environment. All models will be clothed or in swim suits. Students will learn about proportion, contour, gesture, mass, light and shade, some basic anatomy, and placement of the figure in an environment. Paper, charcoal and drawing pencils will be provided.
  • MASTER WORKSHOP: GETTING TO THE ESSENCE OF LANDSCAPE PAINTING
    Instructor: Martin Campos
    2 full weekends:
    Saturday/ Sunday April 21/22 and May 19/20 from 10am – 5pm
    $455
    Working outdoors near WSS and close-in DC, students will learn to create spontaneous landscape paintings with an intuitive spirit. On lots of small panels and with two brushes only, we will hone our observational skills by quickly identifying the most essential forms, gestures and color relationships that we see. Our palette will be limited and our movements quick and bold, leading to paintings that can stand on their own or become notes to take back to the studio. Special outdoor painting equipment is not required.
  • MEDITATIVE DRAWING
    Tuesdays, April 24, May 22, June 19 from 5:45-7:00pm
    Instructor: Jill Phillips
    $75
    The meaning of life is to see. Zen master Hui Neng “When I start drawing an ordinary thing I realize how extraordinary it is, what a sheer miracle: the branching of a tree, the structure of a dandelion’s seed puff.” (Frederick Franck) What does it mean to really see? To be alert? Pay attention? Slow down? Drawing and meditation can share many qualities. The repetition of a mark in synch with breath, or the careful observation through line of an object in front of you can increase awareness and true seeing without being impeded by the labeling and categorizing part of the brain. Through guided exercises we will work towards those moments when time seems to disappear, ‘chatter’ is put aside, perceptions are heightened, actions seem effortless, and process is unimpeded. We call it entering the ‘zone’, or flow. Not just for art students, come and see.
  • TRAVEL JOURNALING: CREATING A SKETCHBOOK
    Saturday, April 28 from 10am – 5pm
    Instructor: Sally Levie
    $120
    As travel season approaches it is time to think about ways to document your vacation memories and experiences. Photos are great, but slowing down to really look and record your experiences by hand brings expanded richness to each day of travel. Using watercolors and inks, discover how to create your own sketchbook and trip memories, through gesture drawing and journaling text. Students will learn about the best materials for creating a compact travel studio, and ways to create beautiful pages to treasure forever.
  • DRAWING TWO MODELS
    Mondays, June 4, 11, and 18 from 2 – 5pm
    Instructor: Diane Wilson
    $150
    Enjoying the rare chance to work with two models at once, participants will have an intensive opportunity to explore the structural and expressive qualities of figures in pictorial space. Principles of composition and underlying geometry will be addressed through periodic critiques, as will mark, material, contour, edge, and relationship to the page. Through concentrated and vigorous engagement with the figure in space the door to invention and transformation begins to open.
  • LEARNING FROM KLEE
    Wednesday, June 6, 13, 20 from 2-5pm
    Instructor: Joanne Kaufman
    $150
    Inspired by the exhibition at the Phillips Collection of artists who themselves were influenced by the work of Paul Klee, students will explore their own personal dialogue with this master of invention. Jump into the 20th century and beyond with the revolutionary writings and work of this towering artist.

http://www. washingtonstudioschool.org/ artclassescourses-programs/ workshops-marathons

DRAWING

  • BEGINNING DRAWING
    Tuesday 2-5pm
    Instructor: Jill Phillips
    $455
    An essential course for beginning students emphasizing seeing and the principles of drawing from life: sensitive line quality, shape, value, gesture, mass, volume, visual measurement, negative space, 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 for beginning students emphasizing seeing and the principles of drawing from life: sensitive line quality, shape, value, gesture, mass, volume, visual measurement, negative space, 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: CONCEPT AND CONVERSATION
    Tuesday 10am-1pm
    Instructor: Katie Pumphrey
    $375
    This class will explore drawing as a means to communicate and start a dialogue with the viewer. Over the course of 10 weeks, students will develop and expand their own vocabulary that comes out of seeing, intuition and the materials themselves.Students will explore intentionality, including early decisions like size, scale, and format- and even further to titling your work and how to talk about the work. Taking advantage of prompts, in class conversation and critique, this class will push students to bridge the gap between classwork, working on their own, and building a body of work. Students will practice writing statements, descriptions, as well as giving artist talks.

    The instructor will be present in class the first two weeks, and every other week thereafter. Students will still meet every week for studio work days. This way, students will experience independence in their studio practice, while still taking advantage of fellow studio/classmates. Students will be encouraged to reach out to fellow artists/students for problem solving and advice. At the end of the independent classes, students will be asked to send a review of their workday, in-progress photos, and complete a writing prompt (given by the instructor), which will be emailed to Katie. Email dialogue between students and the instructor will help expand students’ language and ability to write about themselves and their work— an important tool, especially when applying to exhibitions. One on one, in-progress critiques with the instructor, as well as group in progress and final critiques will be planned and given as deadlines on day one. Practicing managing time with several deadlines, will also be explored. This class will be a lot of fun, with a lot of freedom to explore, encourage one another, and push your own work to new and exciting places.

  • 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.
  • ADVANCED DRAWING: AFTER THE CLASSROOM
    6 Week Short Class
    Mondays 2-5pm — April 16 through May 21
    Instructor: Jo Weiss
    $290
    Stressing the skills learned through the myriad classes taken as a developing artist, this class looks to further develop a good studio practice. Asking questions such as where to take the lessons and how to develop the visual language along a course that is personally driven. Multiple media may be used, depending on the concerns of the student. Expect some reading and additional studio work.

http://www. washingtonstudioschool.org/ artclassescourses-programs/drawing

PAINTING

  • BEGINNING PAINTING
    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.
  • BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE PAINTING
    Saturday, 2-5pm
    Instructor: Joren Lindholm
    $455
    For students new to painting as well as those with some basic painting experience, this class is an exploration into figure/space relationships, value and color 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.
  • INTERMEDIATE PAINTING: ADVENTURES WITH CLOTHED FIGURE PAINTING
    Monday 10am-1pm
    Instructor: Trevor Young
    $455
    Good figure painting starts with good palette control, temperature shifts, and preserving saturation in skin tones. Learn how to organize and maintain a palette in order to create luminous figure paintings. Through a well-maintained palette and specific strategies to create intense and subtle light and mood, you will create flesh and richly colored fabrics using the figure in both period and contemporary clothing.
  • INTERMEDIATE PAINTING: SPACE, FORM and CONTENT
    Tuesday, 7-10pm
    Instructor: Lee Newman
    $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 subject matter as they move into making the work more personal, expressive and inventive.
  • ADVANCED PAINTING: CONCEPT AND CONVERSATION
    Tuesday 2-5pm
    Instructor: Katie Pumphrey
    $375
    This class will explore painting as a means to communicate and start a dialogue with the viewer. Over the course of 10 weeks, students will develop and expand their own vocabulary that comes out of seeing, intuition and the materials themselves.Students will explore intentionality, including early decisions like size, scale, and format- and even further to titling your work and how to talk about the work. Taking advantage of prompts, in class conversation and critique, this class will push students to bridge the gap between classwork, working on their own, and building a body of work. Students will practice writing statements, descriptions, as well as giving artist talks.

    The instructor will be present in class the first two weeks, and every other week thereafter. Students will still meet every week for studio work days. This way, students will experience independence in their studio practice, while still taking advantage of fellow studio/classmates. Students will be encouraged to reach out to fellow artists/students for problem solving and advice. At the end of the independent classes, students will be asked to send a review of their workday, in-progress photos, and complete a writing prompt (given by the instructor), which will be emailed to Katie. Email dialogue between students and the instructor will help expand students’ language and ability to write about themselves and their work— an important tool, especially when applying to exhibitions. One on one, in-progress critiques with the instructor, as well as group in progress and final critiques will be planned and given as deadlines on day one. Practicing managing time with several deadlines, will also be explored. This class will be a lot of fun, with a lot of freedom to explore, encourage one another, and push your own work to new and exciting places.

  • THE LIFE IN A STILL LIFE
    Wednesday 10am-1pm
    Instructor: Erin Raedeke
    $455
    Contemporary still life painter Erin Raedeke breaks open the world of what still life can be for students. Students will examine what has been handed down over centuries in the realm of still life and learn to challenge that by pushing parameters and questioning assumptions. Once we are open enough to strip away those assumptions, all kinds of possibilities open up and surprising things can emerge. Teetering on the edge of abstraction and reality, looking closely at color relationships, and recognizing the beauty of overlooked things as subject, you will see that anything you stumble upon can be observed and painted with meaning, nuance and new eyes.
  • 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.
  • 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. A model will be available for a five week pose for those who want to take advantage of the opportunity to sustain a long pose or do multiple versions of one.
  • WATERCOLOR
    Wednesday 7-10pm
    Instructor: Paul Pietsch
    $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.

http://www. washingtonstudioschool.org/artclassescourses-programs/painting

SCULPTURE

  • CLAY SCULPTURE: ‘FIGURATIVE HUMANISM’
    Tuesday 10am–1pm
    Homer Yost
    $455 (plus clay fee payable to WSS)
    Crucially important for all artists, sculpture sharpens the visual skills essential to seeing and developing the three-dimensional aspects of human form. Through the sense of touch, students will understand masses in relation to each other and surrounding space, as well as the definition and direction of planes, leading to an understanding of gesture, weight, balance, rhythm, and the essential spirit of the pose. The ultimate goal is to develop a vocabulary and ability to connect form and feeling – ‘what Yost refers to as figurative humanism.’ Work will be from the figure model.
  • CLAY FIGURE SCULPTURE FROM THE MODEL
    Wednesday, 7-10pm
    Instructor: Jon-Joseph Russo
    $455
    Crucially important for all artists, sculpture sharpens the visual skills essential to seeing and developing the three-dimensional aspects of the human form. Through the sense of touch, students can comprehend how volumes move in space and discern their planar directions and construction, as well as the proportions, balance and composition of the pose. Work will be from the figure model. Purchase of clay from the instructor is required.

http://www. washingtonstudioschool.org/artclassescourses-programs/sculptur