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 NOTE: This class will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom Platform. 
Class meets Tuesdays 4-6pm ET from Oct 5 to Oct 26 + arranged 1:1 Crits with instructor

Now there’s painting on one side and photography—that is, the picture as such—on the other. Photography has almost no reality; it is almost 100 percent picture. And painting always has reality: you can touch the paint; it has presence; but it always yields a picture. . . .                               – Gerhard Richter

Photographs stir strong emotions as they come into context with the world.  What can photographs reveal about us, and what can they obscure?  

This workshop explores the evocative nature of visual image within the whirlwind of contemporary culture we are all experiencing.  The goal of this workshop is to create a petite yet vital body of work that merges photography with the abstract materiality of the artist’s hand.  It is intended for painters, photographers and picture makers of all experience levels. 

This workshop will use Zoom for four, two hour group sessions – as well as individual crits with the instructor.        

  • The first session will begin with a shared group discussion about our own individual fascinations and concerns, moving quickly into personal explorations of landscape, portraiture, and still life.  The instructor will provide also an introduction to relative contemporary art and artist’s working in dialogue with the workshop’s goals.  
  • Between classes, students will be encouraged to continue working on their own (as time allows) and to pursue a continuation of thought and ideas that are important to them by maintaining a sketchbook.  Everyone will schedule an individual consultation with the instructor.
  • Our final class will focus on continued studio work, and a final group discussion and review.

For the first class, students should show up with one piece of meaningful material – a photograph, art work, press article, book, poem, etc. —  as an initial prompt for getting started with our exploration.   

Students should also be prepared with:

  • Continuing edits of digital images they hope to work on
  • Floor or desktop easel, or wall mount from which to work
  • Traditional drawing and marking materials of choice
  • Wet media of choice: ink, oil, acrylic and water color paint, appropriate tools and mediums
  • Blank page sketchbook for drawing, writing and recording perception

Students should also anticipate having two or more digital images printed on substrate (foam, stretched canvas, or metal) as the course evolves.  Image selections for these will be made after the course starts.

A resources list will be provided prior to class on locations where to have images printed on canvas and alternative substrates.

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Instructor: Kate Beck

Katherine Beck (b.1956, University of Maine, Bennington College, Maine College of Art, Goddard College, MFAIA) is an American painter, writer and freelance editor. She is known for her poetic, large-scale surfaces imbued with motion and light. Her latest works merge photographic image with the abstract materiality of painting, using color and line to blur the space between figuration and abstraction while referencing both the personal and global experience.