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The online class offers something different from the in-person class and workshop. While I won't be able to reach over your shoulder and touch your painting, you can participate as your schedule allows, access content that might otherwise be inaccessible due to cost, time, and distance, and be part of a community of other artists.

Classes are a combination of live broadcasts through Zoom, suggested assignments, online demonstration and discussion, critiques, and limited private correspondance. The live broadcasts are the magic and meat of these classes. They include slide presentations, demonstrations, and question and answer sessions. Each broadcast is recorded so that students can review the material at their leisure (or if they couldn't attend the live broadcast). Online discussion is optional and will take place in private facebook groups.

If you'd like to participate in a group critique, that is available in addition to the class. Enrollment in the group critique is limited.

Questions? See the Online Class FAQ.

Perception & Inspiration 3

Class: Tuesdays, 11 am PST
September 24 - October 29, 2019

Critiques: Thursdays 11 am PST
October 3, 17, and 31, 2019

$140 class -or- $200 class with group critique

Perception and inspiration, how we see and why we make something, are perhaps the most fundamental elements of painting. In this class we will focus on creating form and space, a presence, and talk about the development and finding of content. We will, among other things, be looking at the 'personality' of a painting, consider the role of technique and formal issues in creating that personality, and experiment with mood. Compared to previous classes, there will be a greater emphasis on demonstration and each video session will include a demo. We are also fortunate to have several guests lined up to talk about how they consider these issues. In five classes over six weeks, we will draw, paint, make a mess, discuss, and critique. The aim, always, is to make stronger and more personal work.

You do not have to have taken the previous classes. However, it can be helpful to review previously covered material. In the first class in this series, we focused on mark making, soft and hard transitions, process, and inspiration. In the second class, we continued our examination and play with those aspects of painting covered in the first, and dove deeper into value, color, and had a taste of composition. If you’d like to purchase the videos from the previous session (edited to remove student work), please visit this page.

Each broadcast runs, as needed, from 45 to 75 minutes long (sometimes longer). If you'd like more specific critiques of work (whether it be from the class or not), a group critique is available in conjunction with this class. The group critique is three sessions every other week starting the second week of class. The group critique is $60 for class participants and enrollment is limited.

This is a class for those with some painting experience. If you have any questions, including whether or not your experience is sufficient, do not hesitate to send us an email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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