Master Class Intensive with Stuart Shils
Intermediate to Advanced
April 5 – 7, 2019
Note: Class will start with a digital presentation April 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Day 1 and 2 we will be focusing on interpreting visual history, examining forms of abstraction in painting and drawing by way of our own responses graphically.
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 might be:
Piero de la Francesca
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 in sketchbooks and onsite collage with cut and torn paper, 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.
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.