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NOTE: This class will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom Platform. 

Class meets Mondays 1-3pm ET from March 7 to March 28 + 1:1 Crits with instructor as needed  

Learn to use nature as a metaphor for feeling, creating lush, dynamic works laden with ambience of hue and movement, and through the manipulation of photographic image, a vague suggestion of landscape that sometimes morphs into nothingness.  

René Magritte once said that there are no answers in paintings. Just questions. 

Questions are seated in the critical discourse of the duality of realism and abstraction, prompted by the enormous power of visual imaging within our current culture of chaos, loss, pain, and anger — and the hopeful yet vulnerable comfort of nature, which we must value, rescue, preserve and embrace.

There will be two sessions:

The Cosmic Landscape I 

February 7th – 28th

The Cosmic Landscape II 

March 7th – 28th

Students can take one without the other. Or both. Each workshop is designed to access a full range of sensory experience through visual  imaging – painting, drawing, photography – allowing us to capture something unexpected, perhaps even ephemeral.  We will meet for group discussions on Mondays, in addition to 1:1 crits with the instructor, creating petite yet powerful bodies of fresh works. All levels welcome. This course will be live, via Zoom, from Kate’s Maine studio.

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.


Photo credits:

Banner: Kate Beck, Lisboa 2015

Kate Beck, Italia. Digital C-print, Oil Paint, Technical Embellishment. 2021

Steve Harp, Untitled. Over-painted Photograph, 2021

Janice Weingrod, Untitled. Over-Painted Photograph, 2021

Heather Walsh, Thought Bubbles, Over-Painted and Layered Photograph, 2021

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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.