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The Procedure of Composition


with Michael Chelich

Calendar Dec 9, 2022 at 1 pm

Artists of the past and present have benefited greatly when they employed a procedure of trial and error to bring about their creations. This process helped artists tap into the artist's conceptual abilities and develop imagery that more fully realized their completed works of art. This lecture will reveal the compositional development of a painting from start to finish. By showing the preliminary thumbnail sketches, black-and-white studies, and color sketches of Mike’s own work and that of other artists, students will learn to organize their thoughts and feelings into pictorial imagery that best suits their creative expression. This lecture will show examples of still life, portraiture, landscape, and narrative figurative artwork.

The Art of the Copy


with Michael Chelich

Calendar Jan 13, 2023 at 1 pm

This lecture will exhibit how artists of the past and present have practiced copying to not only develop their own skills but also to help generate imagery for their own artwork. In addition, this lecture includes additional material and the conclusion to the preceding "Procedure of Composition" lecture.

Developing the Outdoor Figurative Composition


with Andy Sjodin

Calendar Apr 29, 2023 at 1 pm, runs for 2 weeks

This workshop will be a process and preliminary work focused class that will take place over the course of two weekends. The objective of the workshop will be the creation of preliminary work needed to execute a finished outdoor composition involving a clothed figure. Two Saturday afternoons will be spent out “in the field” working from a live model to create sketches, develop color studies, and gather reference images (photographs). Two Sunday afternoons will be spent working in-studio from the created reference materials to develop a well thought out, smaller scale, full-color composition. The goal by the end of the workshop will be for students to have on-hand the necessary preliminary work and knowledge to create a finished outdoor figurative composition back in their own studios.

Andy will contact the students closer to the time of the workshop to briefly go over the supply list and location for the outdoor portion of the workshop.

Dates: Saturday–Sunday, April 29–30 and Saturday–Sunday, May 6–7
Length: 4 days
Time: 1:00pm–5:00pm

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