Explore the evocative nature of visual image within the tumultuous contemporary culture we are experiencing. Create dynamic, petite yet vital bodies of works by integrating photography with the abstract materiality of the artist’s hand.

There are no available registration dates at this time.

NOTE: This class will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom Platform. 
Class meets, Mondays & Wednedays, Oct 16, 18, 23 & 25 from 1-3pm ET + arranged 1:1 critiques with the instructor.

Kate Beck - Take All of ME. Digital C print, film still, shellac ink, 2022
Take All of ME. Digital C print, film still, shellac ink, 2022.

This workshop is intended for professional painters, photographers, photojournalists, lens-based artists, and filmmakers of all experience levels.

Culture, Identity and the Overpainted Image explores the integration of painting, photography, and new media within the immersive field of visual art today – a strategy that feels more vital and complex than ever.

What’s in your artist’s mind? Your image database? How can we propel these capacities into art-making that solicits new modes of thinking while addressing critical issues within our global culture today?

  • Come prepared with your aspirations, your fears, and dreams. 
  • Bring an idea, a question, and some current work.
  • Bring something from your experiential toolbox to share.
  • We want to know what makes you tick, and how your art happens.
  • Then we want to recapture what you see, and what you make.

This collaborative workshop is four, two-hour group sessions, as well as individual crits with the instructor outside of class.

  • Dialogue is essential and expected!
  • Anticipate critiquing works formally in terms of the basic elements of art. Unfamiliar? Get familiar.
  • Anticipate engaging in critical cultural issues, art, and contemporary artists.
  • Anticipate working from a shared screen, presenting your work digitally in a format gaged for as excellent detailed sharing as possible.
  • Final artwork must be printed in order to be hand-painted, which we will prepare ahead of time and do together during the following class.

Will's strait by Kate Beck 2022

See more of Kate Beck’s work at https://katebeck.art.

All images: ©Kate Beck

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Instructor: Kate Beck

Katherine Beck is an American painter and writer. A constant investigation into light and space has been my aesthetic experience with visual art. My works materialize through formalistic criteria of organized scale, color, and spontaneous brushwork, engaging historical techniques of oil painting within conditions of 20th-century American abstraction. I am influenced by traditions in landscape painting, particularly the Hudson River School, as well as the nuance of color and perspective developed in late 14th-17th century Flemish, Netherlandish, and northern Italian painting.

Recent fascinations include experimentation with lens-based image in the landscape, including conceptualization by overpainting, presenting fresh opportunities for feeling and illusionistic space, and furthering the obscurity of realism, and the nature of abstraction.

Kate has been collaborating, creating, and exhibiting her work within the United and States and Europe for over twenty years. She is a recipient of professional grants from the Adolf and Esther Gottlieb Foundation and the Foundation for Contemporary Art Covid 19 Artist Relief Fund in New York. She is a BAU Institute Fellow (New York, Italy, France), and has collaborated with poet laureate, Thomas A Clark, Scotland; Berg, Jones, & Sarvis (performance), USA; Stiftung Konzeptuelle Kunst, Germany; The Newlyn Gallery & Exchange, UK; parisCONCRET, France; and Peter Foolen Editions, The Netherlands; and in New York with September Gallery; MinusSpace; Masters & Pelavin; OK Harris Fine Art; The Drawing Center; and Kentler International Drawing Space, among others.