Stuart Shils Workshops

 

Emphasizing Abstraction
Master Class Intensive

April 27–29, 2018

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The Perceptual Moment
Master Class Intensive

May 1–3, 2018

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    • Emphasizing Abstraction
      Master Class Intensive

      April 27–29, 2018

      Class will start with a digital presentation April 26 at 7:00 p.m.

      Day 1 and 2 we will be focusing on visual history, examining forms of abstraction in painting and drawing.

      Working in the studio from reproductions including older and 20th century masters, we'll move through a guided series of exercises to understand that abstraction - composition with color and shape - is THE foundation, the great engine behind all painting. Significant emphasis will also be placed on drawing interpretively from the images, as the most abstract graphic language, with part of each day spent engaged in a series of exercises using crayons and graphite to complement our examination of form with paints.

      As Maurice Denis said at the beginning of the 20th century:

      'Remember: a picture before being a battle-horse, a nude woman or some anecdote is essentially a flat surface covered with colors arranged in a certain order.'

      This is NOT a "copy" class, we will not be copying the superficial appearance of paintings, but rather, trying to get inside and see what they are made of and learning to use abstract shorthand to describe both what is there and also what we see and how we see it.
      Materials will be crayola crayons, acrylic paints and pencils.

      Some painters explored in this scenario are:
      Euan Euglow
      Henri Matisse
      Simon Martini
      Giotto
      Edward Hopper
      Diebenkorn
      Piero de la Francesca
      Michalangelo Caravaggio
      Morandi, Degas, Duccio,Dekooning
      Fra Angelica and more!

      Day 3 - REFRAMING THE ORDINARY: DRAWING ON THE STREETS WITH A CRITICAL VISUAL EYE
      This one day class will introduce and cultivate the perceptual tools of rapid visual summation and notation, both in terms of how to understand what you see and how to remake that into clear and intelligent graphic formats on paper. Working in very ordinary places in downtown Sedona we will focus on noticing how everyday architectural space is really extraordinary visually and then, with how to translate that awareness into drawing.

      This is an intimate class in which there will be focus on each participants work. Using pencils and litho crayons in sketchbooks, we'll investigate issues of how to recognize and understand the interior structure of the 'perceptual moment' through drawing. We'll also casually use the digital camera as a viewfinder and photographic tool to examine and identify what camera vision does to our seeing and how the camera informs and enhances direct perception.


      Opportunities for dinner gatherings and ongoing discussion and critique are arranged on an ongoing basis giving this workshop a broad scope and richness.

      Note: The Sedona Arts Center will be supplying some reams of paper as specified by Stuart, for classroom use.

       


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      TUITION: $875
      Payment Options: Students may pay in full or choose the payment-plan option during registration. The payment plan requires a non-refundable $125 deposit with the balance due 30 days before the first day of the workshop.

      Note: The Sedona Arts Center will be supplying some reams of paper as specified by Stuart, for classroom use.

      Workshop Materials List

      STUART SHILS SUPPLY LIST FOR
      EMPHASIZING ABSTRACTION
      , SEDONA 2017

      This class is going to use a variety of media: acrylic paints (rather than oil because they dry quickly and more importantly, are useful for circumventing many of the clichés so easily acquired over time with oil paints.) crayons, a nice big box of crayolas and, different drawing tools like litho crayon, pencil and marker.

      Acrylic paints: for these days the 2 oz tubes will be good, except get a larger for white. I usually recommend GOLDEN acrylic paints, but as economy is usually a consideration, you will be fine with Dick Blick brand acrylic. Your choice is up to you. Blick is the most economical but still decent quality : http://www.dickblick.com/products/blick-artists-acrylic/ (But do NOT get the Blick Studio paints (unless you are desperately broke), they are student grade and don't have the color density. However if you are broke and need to get the Blick studio tubes it will work.

      Colors:

      Titanium White - a large 4.5 oz or 5 oz tube

      Yellow Medium Azo

      Yellow Ochre

      Pyrol Red

      Quinocridone Red

      Ivory Black

      Light Green Blue Shade

      Pthalo Green, Yellow Shade

      Cad Orange

      Cobalt Blue

      Cerulean Blue

      Ultramarine Blue

      Not required, but these can always be supplemented, if you like, with cad red light, cad yellow deep and Cad Yellow light.

      Palette knife: you will need a knife for periodically cleaning your palette. I recommend this style pal knife, NOT a painting knife: http://www.dickblick.com/items/03107-1003/

      Sketch books: Bring two. Spiral bound 14x17 but nothing fancy. And you want smooth paper rather than rough. Again, Blick brand is the most economical. Something along the lines of this:http://www.dickblick.com/items/11811-2004/

      http://www.dickblick.com/items/10314-1052/

      Brushes: for acrylic only the soft artificial hairs, inexpensive and they last a long time. http://www.dickblick.com/items/05381-1014/

      The link above is for a #14. I would bring a #14, #12 and #8. These are Blick long handled white synthetic hair brushes. You don't have to use that specific brush but you can find the equivalent. And it can be in short handle as well. But PLEASE, DO NOT bring the standard oil painting stiff bristle, hog hair brush for use with acrylic paint, it is not the same and doesn't work well at all.

      Pink Perl eraser: http://www.dickblick.com/items/21518-3068/

      Stones Litho Crayon: http://www.dickblick.com/items/20202-1003

      Crayola Crayons: Regular Set of 48 crayons. You will want to use these also at home after the class.

      Small Metal Triangle for Drawing:

      http://www.artistsupplysource.com/product/26050/drawing-and-illustration/triangles/x-acto-precision-stainless-steel-ruler-3-triangle/?path=alt

      Small Straight Edge for drawing: a small ruler, preferably metal, or any kind of small straight edge, no larger than the length of a pencil.

      Koh I Noor Woodless Pencil: 6B,8B, http://www.dickblick.com/items/22222-2106

      And you can bring a few regular drawing pencils also, something like 6B and8 B.

      Prismacolor Double Ended Marker, in black: http://www.dickblick.com/items/21342-2001/

      Pencil Sharpener - what ever you use, a small metal one or a mat knife for doing it by hand.

      Disposable palette, this is 16 x 20 inch and I really recommend that, you want lots of room to mix: http://www.dickblick.com/items/03063-2008/

      Roll of paper towels is suggested. Bounty Microwave is very heavy duty.

      I suggest protecting your hands, even with acrylic, you don't want it all over your skin. But it's up to you. Here is a good glove, choose the size best for your hands. I use a medium for a snug fit. You can call Grainger and order them. Or perhaps you can find something similar at the hardware store. http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/ANSELL-Disposable-Gloves-4GC50?cm_sp=IO-_-IDP-_-PC_TS70300505&cm_vc=IDPPCTZ1

      When drawing outside, I tend to put all the supplies in a canvas bag, the kind one gets from LL BEAN or Lands End, like what many people take to the beach. A good-sized one will carry just about everything we need. The beauty of those bags is that they hold everything together in one place. And, they last for 20 years.

      Just so that you can see what I mean if in doubt, here is a link: http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/33381?feat=677-GN1

      Six page online interview with work by Stuart Shils HERE. Visit Stuarts Shils Website HERE

      See the additional, separate 3 day workshop "The Perceptual Moment" offered May 1 - 3, 2018


      Six page online interview with work by Stuart Shils HERE and another one HERE.Visit Stuarts Shils Website HERE.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      The Perceptual Moment
      Master Class Intensive

      May 1–3, 2018

      This class is for those with some experience painting and plein air painting. The workshop will concentrate on deepening and cultivating our visual sensitivity by looking critically at nature and painting with the loaded brush - aspiring to broad yet particular summations of form, naturalistic color and clarified visual mood. Emphasis will be placed on the perceptual processes in front of nature, the editorial response that follows in the head of the painter, and the way that perception translates into paint; and on shaking up and/or questioning what is meant by "finish".

      "Rather than bringing home conventionally finished trophies I'll encourage visual excitement, expansion of perceptual understanding and fun. Fun is why we really paint after all!"

      Each day Stuart Shils will discuss, demonstrate and encourage awareness of:

      - How to eliminate irrelevant distractions and think clearly about our approach to the visual encounter outdoors.

      - How to think conceptually, perceptually and technically about establishing a firm foundation and sense of order in the earliest stage of the painting.

      - How to consider the importance and place of drawing within the overall process of work.

      - How to analyze light.

      - The development of color on the palette and its relationship to the painting.

      - What is perceptual unity as opposed to the literal description of objects or "subject matter"

      The first meeting for this workshop will be April 30 at 7:00 p.m. Stuart will present an orientation talk and digital presentation at the Arts Center. Class will start promptly at 9:00 a.m. each day thereafter and will continue through 5:00 p.m. each day. As Stuart will begin a demo at around 12:30 p.m. each day students should plan on bringing a lunch as well as plenty to drink each day!

      Additional evening events will include a presentation by Stuart of his own work to the students - opportunities for dinner gatherings and ongoing discussion and critique are arranged on an ongoing basis giving this workshop a broad scope and richness.

      Six page online interview with work by Stuart Shils HERE and another one HERE. Visit Stuarts Shils Website HERE

      See the additional and separate workshop offered just before this one on April 27 - 29, 2018 "Emphasizing Abstraction" HERE.


      Register

      TUITION: $875
      Payment Options: Students may pay in full or choose the payment-plan option during registration. The payment plan requires a non-refundable $125 deposit with the balance due 30 days before the first day of the workshop.

      Note: The Sedona Arts Center will be supplying some reams of paper as specified by Stuart, for classroom use.

       

      Six page online interview with work by Stuart Shils HERE and another one HERE.Visit Stuarts Shils Website HERE.

       

       

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    Learn more about Stuart Shils:

    Six page online interview with work by Stuart Shils HERE and another one HERE. 

    Visit Stuarts Shils Website HERE

     

     


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