Jul 6, 2021 - Aug 17, 2021

Levels: Intermediate, Advanced,
Workshop Fee: $395
Class Size: 15 (max)

 NOTE: This class will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom Platform. 
Class meets Tuesdays 4-7pm ET (No class meeting July 27) + 1:1 Crits with instructor as needed

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

Through an ongoing discourse of contemporary art and social concern, we will develop and create artworks embodying our personal thoughts and stories through a layering of select photographic image, painting, and drawing. 

We will work within formal artistic concerns of color and line, and social concerns of power, history, globalism and personal narrative  — blurring the lines between figuration and abstraction while referencing the world around us.”

Students should be prepared with:

  • 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
  • Wet media: inks, shellac inks, oil or acrylic paint, appropriate tools and mediums
  • Blank page notebook for drawing, writing and recording perception

Students should also anticipate having two 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.

Foundation level studio art experience or understanding is highly recommended.

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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.