Washington Studio School Hosts Workshop Ken Kewley

By Editorial Team on November 8, 2016
Photo courtesy of the artist.
Photo courtesy of the artist.


Class: Friday and Saturday, November 18 and 19 from 10am to 5pm


“Ken Kewley has the ability to communicate his unique vision in a way that is engaging, engrossing, informative and great fun. You will come out of this workshop grinning from ear to ear, and not believing how much you have learned!”
-Phyllis Ruffer, WSS Certificate Student


  • Friday/Saturday – November 18-19 from 10am – 5pm
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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.

Ken Kewley was born in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1953. Graduated from the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In New York City, he was a night watchman at the Metropolitan Museum of Art 1980-1990. Started working with collage in 1993. Continues to work with paint and collage and recently painted corrugated cardboard. Kewley has had recent exhibitions at Hendrix Collage in Arkansas, Washington Studio School in Washington, D.C., and at Rothschild Fine Art in Tel Aviv. He teaches at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and has been a visiting artist in places from the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith to the Jerusalem Studio School and its Italian Summer Program.

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