Master Class Intensive with Stuart Shils
April 24 – 26, 2020
Note: Class will start with a digital presentation April 23, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
Three immersive, fast paced days in the studio are focused on clarifying observation while holding the loaded brush. Working from both the model and from reproductions including older and 20th century masters, we’ll paint our way through a guided sequence of visual 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 developing a deeper familiarity with drawing in concise, abstract graphic language with graphite, collage and crayon. The take away from this class is materials based and experiential and not oriented toward ‘finished’ paintings but rather, on acquiring a more comprehensive knowledge of what a painting can be in the first place. The class will have dinner together on one of the nights.
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 might be:
Piero de la Francesca
Morandi, Degas, Duccio,Dekooning
Fra Angelica and more!
THE MODEL IN THE STUDIO
On the second day of the course we will work with a live model to 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 with a live model we learn to apply our studies of the masters to the life drawing and painting situation. Then we use that experience to further our composition work on the final day.
Opportunities for dinner gatherings and ongoing discussion and critique are arranged giving this workshop a broad scope and richness.
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 non-refundable balance due 30 days before the first day of the workshop.