WINTER 2018

Visiting Artist Workshops

MAGGIE SINER : TWO WINTER WORKSHOPS BACK-TO-BACK

WHAT ABOUT RED? – COLOR COMPLEMENTARITY IN PAINT
Maggie Siner Workshop #1
Thursday/Friday – January 11/12
10am – 5pm
$415
Goethe (in Theory of Colors) said “Every decided color does a certain violence to the eye and forces it to opposition.”
The color red will become the vehicle for understanding the importance of complementarity in painting and its connection to the infinite subtleties of color relationships on the canvas. This workshop will approach color theory through direct painting. Students will improve their use and understanding of color by studying color vocabulary, translating value into hue, color as light and space, methods of color modulation, and particularly on the dynamics of color complementarity – all beginning with the color RED!

THE BACK VIEW – USING OUR ANATOMY
Maggie Siner Workshop #2
Saturday/ Sunday – January 13/14
10am – 5pm
$415
The back view of the model is far from boring! It is beautiful, evocative and expressive, but only if you understand the anatomy that leads to the structural and gestural nuances. The posture of the back reveals unique individual gesture. How do the ribcage, spine and scapula, as well as the connecting muscular system, create the gesture and planar movement of the back. A drawing into painting workshop, working from both the skeleton and the model, this class is appropriate for both new and returning students.

THE FIGURE: CONNECTING WITH THE MASTERS
Visiting Artist Arcenio Martin Campos
February 3/4th and March 3/4th
10am – 5pm
$450
WSS is delighted to welcome back contemporary figurative painter Martin Campos as he explores with students the connection between contemporary figure drawing and the work of influential masters. This will take place in a 4-day dynamic and thought provoking workshop taught over two separate weekends.
Students will explore the construction of form by examining artists whose work have a strong influence on Campos – particularly Degas, Schiele, and Michelangelo. Campos will share his thoughts on drawing as an ever-changing and shifting organism, that can constantly move and be adapted. Using a variety of drawing materials, including color, students will work from the model and mine the drawings of old and modern masters to bring their lessons to contemporary times, narratives, and space. A wide variety of approaches will be employed, from the traditional, to the organic as well as the intuitive.
Learn about Martin at www.arceniomartincampos.com


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2018 Winter Workshops

THE MASKED FIGURE
Wednesday, January 10, 17
7-10pm
Instructor: Diane Wilson
$110

Drawing the masked figure brings a sense of mystery, anonymity and drama to the work. Gesture takes on a whole new meaning, and narrative emerges that is independent of the expression of the face. Used throughout the ages in theater and ritual, masks have been used to protect, disguise and re-invent appearance. In drawing, they are transformative.

TOLERATING CHAOS
Monday, January 15
10am – 5pm
Instructor: Trevor Young
$110

When we look at a painting it is sometimes hard to appreciate the hidden layers of construction that are beneath the final skin of exposed paint. Unexpected color, and a circuitous path of decisions can hide beneath the painting that we see. WSS is pleased to repeat this exciting workshop by renowned DC painter Trevor Young whose surprising underpaintings lead to surfaces that radiate light and sense of place. Using still life and figure together, students will learn to construct a painting in a radical and dynamic way using underpainting, as well as how to control color saturation through the painting process and how to use temperature to create intense light in the painting. Previous painting experience recommended.

CLAY SCULPTURE: ‘FIGURATIVE HUMANISM’
Wednesday and Thursday, January 17/18
10am – 5pm
Guest Instructor: Homer Yost
$215 (plus clay fee payable to instructor)

Crucially important for all artists, sculpture sharpens the visual skills essential to seeing and developing the three-dimensional aspects of human form. Through the sense of touch, students will understand masses in relation to each other and surrounding space, as well as the definition and direction of planes, leading to an understanding of gesture, weight, balance, rhythm, and the essential spirit of the pose. The ultimate goal is to develop a vocabulary and ability to connect form and feeling – ‘what Yost refers to as figurative humanism.’ Work will be from the figure model.

Learn more about Homer Yost at www.homeryost.com

PLANE AND SIMPLE
Thursday, January 18
10am – 5pm
Instructor: Milena Spasic
$110

Carving an appealing new way to see planes!

In a “plane” and simple manner, this workshop will present inventive new ways of visualizing space and form through the use of simple kitchen utensils and a surprising unorthodox material. This refreshing approach will aid students in peeling away the mystery of seeing and depicting planes with ease.

In the painting world, rendering planes accurately is at the core of creating the impression of three-dimensional space and giving a sense of mass and weight to physical forms. We ask questions such as, it’s easy to see planes in cubes, but how can I see planes in cylindrical or spherical forms? How can I identify the planes in forms such as an orange, a jar, a tree, and those in a landscape? How can I find the relationship of planes that can convey volume, mass, weight and space? How can I economically portray the simplest yet most impactful relationship of planes of certain forms and their environment?

We will search for answers to these questions by turning to reductive sculpture first and carving our own planar sculptures from a common object that is an uncommon art material! The atypical use of this material will help remind us to see the world anew and provide a fresh perspective. We will then use our sculptures for further exploration of rending planes on a two-dimensional surface with either drawing or painting materials.

This unique workshop will plant an essential seed in understanding the physical nature of planes and how they are able to create the illusion of space and volume.

DRAWING FROM FILM: FORGOTTEN DREAMS
Friday, January 19
10am – 5pm
Instructor: Brian Kelley
$110

Modern cinema is a close relation to painting and drawing. Directors and cinematographers deal with the same basic issues of composition and subject matter as any figurative painter. Looking at a film critically just as an art student looks to works by Old Masters can help us understand how others see the world.

In this workshop, we will be watching Werner Herzog’s “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” a contemporary film about prehistoric painting, and the idea that the two are more similar than one might first think. The film will be shown in its entirety, with students working from the screen, film stills, and other photo-reproductions of included cave paintings.

SEEING DIFFERENTLY
Mondays, January 22, 29, February 5, 12
2-5pm
Instructor: Jill Phillips
$215
“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”
― W.B. Yeats

With simple drawing materials and imposed limitations, students will begin to see the unpredictable and unexpected ways that the visual world reveals itself to artists. Things that seem ordinary when first looked at become surprisingly extraordinary the more we allow ourselves to actively see. One grouping of objects, observed deeply and actively, will disclose all kinds of secret information that echo and link to the dynamics of life. How many ways can we see one set-up? How does a shift in emphasis give us a whole new drawing? What is that moment of transformation when the need to rely on source for the drawing becomes usurped by the ability to be inspired by it.

THE POINT OF PENCIL: WORKING SMALL SCALE
Sunday, January 28
11am – 5:30pm
Instructor: Milena Spasic
$110

Building up a drawing with hard pencil is like building a nest – out of delicate material a strength emerges.

The beauty of the shifts in value, and the energy of the line and marks are amplified when working small. Every mark has great impact as you work in this scale with this most simple of drawing tools.

COLLAGE
Mondays, March 5, 12, 19, 26
2-5pm
Instructor: Joren Lindholm
$215

Working from a variety of sources, both perceptual and intuitive, students will explore the possibilities of collage as a form of mark-making. Looking at the work of early collage artists such as Braque, Picasso, Schwitters and others, students will gain an understanding of rhythm, movement and other visual dynamics though the very tactile medium of collage. Both painted paper and found imagery on paper will be used.


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LABOR DAY WEEKEND FIGURE DRAWING (FULL)

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DRAWING TWO MODELS

Saturday, September 2 and Sunday, September 3
11am – 5pm
Instructor: Diane Wilson
$215

Enjoying the rare chance to work with two models at once, participants will have an intensive opportunity to explore the structural and expressive qualities of two figures in pictorial space. Principles of composition and underlying geometry will be addressed through periodic critiques, as will mark, material, contour, edge, and relationship to the page. Through concentrated and vigorous engagement with the figure in space the door to invention and transformation begins to open.

FALL 2017 WORKSHOPS

Junk Drawer Art: Upcycle Day!

Friday, September 15, 10am-5pm
Instructor: Brian Kelley
$110

We all have a trove of art supplies that we bought with good intention (sometimes years ago) that have found their way into the abyss of the studio junk drawer without being used. “What was I thinking when I bought those florescent paints?” you may ask. Here’s an opportunity to resurrect those supplies (paints, brushes, drawing materials, papers) and rediscover why you bought them, swap with others, and see what the possibilities are for putting them to good use. A discussion on why you bought the materials, and a guided process on how to use them now will open your mind to experiment. In the process, you will clear space for other new materials, which hopefully will be used more promptly – perhaps at a WSS class this fall!

Notan

Monday, September 18, 10am-5pm
Instructor: Jill Phillips
$110

Notan is a Japanese term for ‘light-dark harmony.’ The arrangement of dark and light shapes and the abstract patterns or pathways that they create are the foundation of all strong composition. This workshop will strengthen students’ ability to arrange these shapes and patterns in a way that brings simplicity, balance, movement, unity, as well as tension, to the composition. By reducing our work to simple black and white shapes, we will unlock the key to the underlying energies that bring order and strength to your drawings and paintings.

Preparing Your Own Painting Surfaces

Thursday, September 21, 10am-5pm
Instructor: Milena Spasic
$110

The difference between store bought canvases and ones that you stretch and prepare yourself can be huge, with different methods and materials leading to varied painting experiences. This one day hands-on workshop will introduce students to the different weights and weaves of canvas, types of stretcher bars, methods and materials for stretching, and the primers and barriers used to protect the canvas from the destructive properties of the oil. In addition to stretching and prepping a flexible canvas, students will learn about other surface possibilities for painting, particularly the more rigid surfaces like wood, fiberboard and paperboard. While traditional methods may be discussed, the workshop will use more contemporary, conservator approved materials.

MASTER CLASS!!

The Human Presence: Figure and Space (FULL)

with Visiting Artist Arcenio Martin Campos
October 7,8 and November 4,5
10am – 5pm
$450

WSS is pleased to welcome contemporary figurative painter Martin Campos as he explores with students the connection between figure and space in a 4-day dynamic and thought provoking workshop taught over two separate weekends.

Students will explore the construction of form and how it relates to a real or an imagined environment. We will employ a wide variety of approaches, from the traditional, to the organic as well as the intuitive —– with the final goal to build solid design and composition. Added discussions will focus on narrative and imagination and the importance of how they correlate to drive and support an image to completion.

A model will be provided.

Combined with image making, we will also discuss the importance of an artist’s studio and surrounding environment as an inspiration and influence.

Learn about Martin at http://www.arceniomartincampos.com/

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FOUNDER’S WORKSHOP!

Painting the Maryland Countryside

Saturday, October 14, 10am – 5pm (rain date: October 21)
Instructor: Lee Newman
$125 (includes lunch)

This is a delightful opportunity to escape the city and explore the varied landscape possibilities in the Maryland countryside while studying with WSS founder and master teacher Lee Newman near his home and studio in Adamstown, MD (close to Frederick.) Using the rolling fields, trees, distant hills, rural buildings, cows, and more as subject, students will observe and paint the light, color and shape relationships, gestures, and sense of weather as things shift and change during the course of a beautiful fall day.

Through value, color, shape and mark students will gain a better understanding of landscape space, form and a sense of place. Students who prefer to draw are welcome as well. Carpools can be arranged, and directions will be provided. Portable easel needed. Lunch will be provided.

MASTER CLASS!! (ONE LAST SLOT AVAILABLE)
The Life in a Still Life

with Visiting Artist Erin Raedeke
Saturday and Sunday, December 2 and 3
10am – 5pm
$225

Don’t miss this exciting workshop with master contemporary still life painter Erin Raedeke as she breaks open the world of what still life can be for students. Participants will examine what has been handed down over centuries in the realm of still life and learn to challenge that by pushing parameters and questioning assumptions. Once we are open enough to strip away those assumptions, all kinds of possibilities open up and surprising things can emerge. Teetering on the edge of abstraction and reality, looking closely at color relationships, and recognizing the beauty of overlooked things as subject, you will see that anything you stumble upon can be observed and painted with meaning, nuance and new eyes.
Learn about Erin at http://www.erinraedeke.com/


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FALL 2017 WORKSHOPS

DRAWING AT THE ZOO

Instructor: Katie Pumphrey

Animals at the zoo are fantastic models! They are large, small, graceful, awkward, on the ground, in the air, active, and still – they swing, leap, slither, climb, flap their wings, and sometimes they are sound asleep.

Combined with the varieties of vegetation, the architecture of the structures, and the gestures of the people who come to visit the zoo, there is enough out there to easily fill a sketchbook or two with exciting marks. Enjoy a day capturing the gestures, movement and form of a variety of animals in their zoo habitat.

Figure Drawing (2 Sessions)

Session 1: Wednesdays, July 5, 12, 19, 26
7-10pm
Instructor: Diane Wilson
$215

Session 2: Wednesdays, August 2, 9, 16, 23
7-10pm
Instructor: Diane Wilson
$215

Both sessions: $400

This class is for students with some prior drawing experience. Emphasizing the continued refinement of perceptual drawing skills, the course concentrates on the structure, movement and expressive qualities of the figure. Students work towards a personal sensibility through a variety of drawing materials.

In the Moment: Drawing Fast and Slow

Wednesdays, July 5, 12, 19, 26, Aug. 1
2-5pm
Instructor: Katie Pumphrey
$240


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Those moments in the studio when time seems to disappear, ‘chatter’ is put aside, perceptions are heightened, actions seem effortless, and process is unimpeded are what we all hope for. We call it entering the ‘zone’, or flow. That flow can establish itself while working fast, boldly and intuitively, or while working slowly, deliberately and meditatively. This workshop will straddle the processes of working fast and working slow, from observation, with drawing materials and some acrylic paint in order to find the flow in each.

Drawing for Absolute Beginners  (2 Sessions)

Thursdays, July 6, 13, 20, 27, Aug 3, 10
2-5pm
Instructor: Milena Spasic
$275

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Thursdays, July 6, 13, 20, 27, Aug 3, 10
7-10pm
Instructor: Milena Spasic
$275


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Learning to draw means learning to see. This short class will provide an introduction to the foundations of observational drawing. Students will learn the basics of contour, shape, value, gesture, negative/positive space, proportion, planes, and the use of basic drawing materials as we look carefully at still life and interior space. This course is designed for beginning students.

Tolerating Chaos

Mondays, July 10 and 17
10am-5pm
Instructor: Trevor Young
$215


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When we look at a painting it is sometimes hard to appreciate the hidden layers of construction that are beneath the final skin of exposed paint.  Unexpected color, and a circuitous path of decisions can hide beneath the painting that we see.  WSS is pleased to offer this exciting workshop by renowned DC painter Trevor Young whose surprising underpaintings lead to surfaces that radiate light and sense of place.  Using still life and figure together, students will learn to construct a painting in a radical and dynamic way using underpainting, as well as how to control color saturation through the painting process and how to use temperature to create intense light in the painting. Previous painting experience recommended.

 

Painting for Beginners

Tuesdays, July 11, 18, 25, Aug 1
7-10pm
Instructor: Brian Kelley
$215


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This short class introduces students to some basic painting concepts and skills. Topics covered will include materials and surfaces, light/dark value relationships, shape relationships, planes, placement within the rectangle, basic color mixing, and paint handling. Using a limited palette of colors, students will work from still life and interior space.

The Experimental Sketchbook:
Observation and Invention

Tuesdays, July 11 and July 18
11am – 5pm
Instructor: Carolyn Reece-Tomlin
$190


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Students will work on experimental drawings with a variety of materials. This includes a discussion of drawing papers in various small sketchbooks. Drawing from life, from memory, and from inventing the image through spontaneous mark making will be explored. By moving from line to idea, the emphasis in this workshop will be on moving the student into a world of freedom and spontaneous discovery that reflects on the student’s more studied work of painting and sculpture. The goal is to develop a long-term approach to drawing that is integrated with the student’s life, encouraging freedom, and even fun, as part of the daily drawing experience.

The Moving Still Life (Cancelled)

Saturday and Sunday, July 15 and 16
11am-5pm
Instructor: Susan Yanero
$195

Fun, dynamic and instructive!  Does a still life have to stay still? What happens when one object is moved in front of another, or is taken away? How do things change when the lighting is altered? Using an amusing collection of colorful, unconventional objects in a fun and lively environment, the class will use still life to explore visual dynamics in a playful way.  With a variety of drawing materials (including color) students will push the boundaries of still life both visually and conceptually.

Nocturnes: Painting Night

Mondays, July 17 and 24 (rain date July 31)
7-10pm
Instructor: Brian Kelley
$120


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Nocturne, originally a term for musical compositions on the theme of night, is also a term for paintings, especially landscapes of the night. Plein air nocturne paintings offer unique elements and challenges to artists that are distinct from daytime plein air painting, as well painting the subject of night while in the illuminated studio.  Technical issues like lighting on the palette and canvas, the color of light, the need for limited palettes, and the lack of clarity in shadows will be addressed, as well as compositional and content issues such as mood through color and emphasis, and lost-and-found edges. Painting will take place in locations very close to the school.

On Markus Lupertz

Tuesday, August 1
11am – 4pm
Instructor: Joanne Kaufman
$90


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This summer, exhibitions of work by neo-expressionist painter Markus Lupertz will take place at both the Phillips Collection and the Hirshhorn, as well as in NYC. Who is this painter, and why is his work suddenly making such a widespread appearance? Join us at the Phillips Collection to view the show together. We’ll then return to WSS to enjoy our brown bag lunches together and engage in discussion about the work and related readings that will be distributed in advance. This is a great opportunity for critical discourse, asking questions, challenging assumptions and learning a piece of art history.

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PERSONAL GEOGRAPHIES: MAPPING AS ART

Wednesdays, April 5 and 12
10am – 5pm
Instructor: Joanne Kaufman
$215
Maps fulfill one of our most primal needs: to understand the world around us and our place in it. They evoke images of journeys to unexplored places. They are visual and often beautiful. But maps do not have to be only about cities and countries and bodies of water – they can be less conventional, metaphorical and inventive, exploring the uncharted territories of imagination and information. Looking at the work of artists such as Julie Mehretu, Jasper Johns, Maya Lin and others, students will explore the language of cartography (both visually and conceptually.) With a variety of materials they will develop their own vocabularies for mapping experience into art.

DEVELOPING VISUAL MEMORY

Wednesdays, April 19 and 26
10am – 5pm
Instructor: Jill Phillips
$215
Without even realizing it, we are relying on visual memory in the moments between looking at an observed subject and turning to our paper to put down a mark. But how can a keen visual memory serve us when the model or still life is no longer in front of us, or we are no longer in front of the landscape? And what is the role of visual memory in bringing imagination, invention and selection into the work? Developing visual memory involves all of the senses, and is as much about how something feels as how it looks. This workshop will take students through a process that will help to enhance recall of gesture, relationships and mood, and build a repository of responsive imagery to draw upon. We will use still life objects, models and interior space as source.

TRAVEL JOURNALING: CREATING A SKETCHBOOK

Saturday, April 22
10am – 5pm
Instructor: Sally Levie
$120
As travel season approaches it is time to think about ways to document your vacation memories and experiences. Photos are great, but slowing down to really look and record your experiences by hand brings expanded richness to each day of travel. Using watercolors and inks, discover how to create your own sketchbook and trip memories, through gesture drawing and journaling text. Students will learn about the best materials for creating a compact travel studio, and ways to create beautiful pages to treasure forever.

QUICK STUDIES IN PAINT: THE FIGURE

Sunday, April 30
10am – 5pm
Instructor: Milena Spasic
$120
A sequence of short and quickly executed studies in oil paint. A method that allows students to hone seeing skills by challenging them to quickly identify the most significant forms, gestures, spatial relationships and atmosphere. Students are challenged to depict the essence of the subject at hand in short 5 to 30 minute painting sessions. The studies can stand as paintings in their own right or source material for further paintings. Students will work from a live model. Recommended for students with painting experience.

DRAWING TWO MODELS

Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7
10am – 5pm
Instructor: Diane Wilson
$215
Enjoying the rare chance to work with two models at once, participants will have an intensive opportunity to explore the structural and expressive qualities of figures in pictorial space. Principles of composition and underlying geometry will be addressed through periodic critiques, as will mark, material, contour, edge, and relationship to the page. Through concentrated and vigorous engagement with the figure in space the door to invention and transformation begins to open.

TOLERATING CHAOS (FULL)

Wednesdays, May 10 and 17
10am-5pm
Guest Instructor: Trevor Young
$215
When we look at a painting it is sometimes hard to appreciate the hidden layers of construction that are beneath the final skin of exposed paint.  Chaos, unexpected color, and a circuitous path of decisions can hide beneath the painting that we see.  WSS is pleased to offer this exciting workshop by renowned DC Painter Trevor Young whose surprising underpaintings lead to surfaces that radiate light and sense of place.  Using still life and figure together, students will learn to construct a painting in a radical and dynamic way using underpainting, as well as how to control color saturation through the painting process and how to use temperature to create intense light in the painting.

PAINTING THE MD AND VA LANDSCAPE

Saturday, May 13 – 10am-1pm
And
Saturday, May 20 – 10am-4pm
Instructor: Lee Newman
$215
Do not miss this opportunity to escape the city and explore the varied landscape possibilities in our surrounding locales while studying with WSS founder and master teacher Lee Newman. The first Saturday we will venture up to the Old Angler’s Inn area to paint the tangles, reflections and glimpses of river in this beautiful area near the Potomac and C&O Canal. The following Saturday we are in for a treat as a WSS student generously invites us to her exquisite farm in Hume, Virginia (1 hr, 15min from DC) for a full day of painting. Views at the farm are both expansive and intimate, and there are covered areas to paint under in the event of rain. Through value, color, shape and mark students will gain a better understanding of landscape space, form and a sense of place. Students who prefer to draw are welcome as well. Carpools can be arranged, and directions will be provided. Portable easel needed.

GRAPHITE – THE PENCIL AND BEYOND (Cancelled)

Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4
10am-3pm
Instructor: Mary Freedman
$180
One of the most widely used drawing mediums, graphite comes in many forms, and can be pushed in many directions. Experiment with the various types of graphite available – dry, powdered, watersoluble — while exploring the versatility and expressive qualities of the medium. Students will work from a variety of subjects including the mode

2017 WINTER TERM WORKSHOPS

 

VISITING ARTIST MAGGIE SINER IS TEACHING TWO WORKSHOPS!!
TAKE ONE OR BOTH!!
MAGGIE’S WORKSHOPS FILL VERY QUICKLY – ACT FAST!!!

ALL THE COLOR IN WHITE: A PAINTING WORKSHOP (FULL)

Maggie Siner Workshop #1
Thursday/Friday – January 12/13
10am-5pm
$400

White paintings are not monochromatic paintings.

It is not bright colors but the nuances of white that really show a colorist at work. Those subtle color changes involve all the facts of color harmony and complementary aspects which come into play in a very subtle way. In order to work successfully with white one should understand, through careful observation and response, how color and light function in both human vision and in paint.

THE BACK VIEW – USING OUR ANATOMY (FULL)

Maggie Siner Workshop #2
Saturday/Sunday — January 14/15
10am-5pm
$400

A drawing into painting workshop, working from the skeleton and the model.

The back view of the model is not boring – it is beautiful, evocative and expressive, but only if you understand the anatomy that leads to the structural and gestural nuances. The posture of the back reveals unique individual gesture. How do the ribcage, spine and scapula, as well as the connecting muscular system, create the gesture and planar movement of the back.

THE FIGURE IN MOTION

Wednesdays, January 11, 18
7-10pm
Instructor: Diane Wilson
$120

Capturing the gesture and variations of the figure model as she or he moves through space is challenging and wonderful at the same time. Quickly and decisively, students learn to understand weight, balance, energy and movement as they experience the joys of motion on a piece of paper.

LINOCUT PRINTMAKING

Tuesdays, January 10 and 17
10am-5pm
Instructor: Brian Kelley
$210

Excellent work has been produced with linoleum by artists such as Matisse and Picasso. Discover the versatility of this popular relief print technique, which does not require a press. This course will introduce the basic skills of linocut from designing your image to cutting your block and printing. You will have the opportunity to experiment with mark making, color usage and reductive printing. In a reduction print the artist develops all colors from the same block. With each color pass more linoleum is removed from the block. Each color is printed on top of the last, and the entire edition is printed at once.

WHAT PAINT CAN DO: A MARK MAKING WORKSHOP

Wednesday/ Thursday – January 18/19
10am-5pm
Instructor: Katie Pumphrey
$210

For painters, the combination of our paints and our tools are an extension of our bodies and our sensibility at a particular moment. Each brush and knife, in the hands of the sensitive painter, is capable of making its own set of unique and powerful marks. At the same time, paint used in different densities and viscosities behaves differently and leads to varied results. This workshop will expand our repertoire of tools and their marks, as we explore the potential of paint.

WHAT CHARCOAL CAN DO: THE VERSATILITY OF MARKS

Fridays, January 27, February 3, 10
10am – 1pm
Instructor: Katie Pumphrey
$180

Broad marks, narrow marks, wet marks, dry marks, powdered marks, additive marks, subtractive marks and more. How far can this most ubiquitous of drawing materials be pushed? For those in search of the right mark for the right moment, you will find out in this workshop!

THE POINT OF PENCIL: WORKING SMALL SCALE (FULL)

Sundays, January 29 and February 5
1-4pm
Instructor: Milena Spasic
$110

Building up a drawing with hard pencil is like building a nest – out of delicate material a strength emerges.
The beauty of the shifts in value, and the energy of the line and marks are amplified when working small. Every mark has great impact as you work in this scale with this most simple of drawing tools.

EXPLORING COLLAGE

Saturdays, March 11, 18, 25, April 1
2-5pm
Instructor: Joren Lindholm
$210

Working from life, including the model, students will explore a variety of collage source material by doing a series of variations on a selected image. Students will make new discoveries about color as a tool for expression and creating pictorial depth. Skills will be gained in understanding rhythm, movement and other visual dynamics though the very tactile medium of collage.

LEARN TO INSTAGRAM! A SOCIAL MEDIA WORKSHOP

Free!!
Taught by WSS board members Laila Jadallah and Sarah Kurfis
Tuesday, January 17 at 1pm & 7pm. Please call 202.234.3030  or email to rsvp.
WSS will be hosting another ‘What If’ challenge in February and hope that all of our students will participate. In October, many of us took the challenge to try something new in our work and to post the results on Instagram with a list of hashtags that brought attention to the school as well as the individual work. For those who are unfamiliar with Instagram, one hour workshops will be offered at two different times in January for you to learn– and they will be free of charge!! Instagramming is fun!

STUDIO VISITS

WSS will begin an exciting series of periodic studio visits with artists in the DC area. The first of these will be held on Saturday, January 28th at the Silver Spring studio of painter Trevor Young. http://www.trevoryoung.net/
Time and other details to be posted soon! Mark your calendars!


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FALL WORKSHOPS AND SHORT CLASSES

Join Us! OPEN HOUSE, Sunday September 11, 1-3pm. Meet Instructors. Free drawing session. Fall session runs from September 26 through December 10. 

LABOR DAY WEEKEND FIGURE MARATHON (FULL) 

Saturday/Sunday – September 3/4
10am-5pm (with a 1 hour lunch break)
Instructor: Diane Wilson
$225

Working the first day with one model and the second day with two models, participants will have an intensive opportunity to explore the structural and expressive qualities of the figure in pictorial space. Principles of composition and underlying geometry will be addressed through periodic critiques, as will mark, material, contour, edge, and relationship to the page. Students will look at the drawings of Old and Modern Masters such as Caravaggio, Schiele, Diebenkorn and more. Through concentrated and vigorous engagement with the figure in a dynamic environment the door to invention and transformation begins to open.

CONNECTING ANCIENT TO CONTEMPORARY: MINING THE GREEK (CANCELLED)

Monday, September 19 through October 17
2-5pm
Week 1 at the National Geographic Museum, Weeks 2-5 at WSS
Instructors: Wilson, TBA, Phillips, Kaufman
$260 (includes museum admission)

WSS students must not miss the stunning exhibit of ancient and classical Greek artifacts currently on display at the National Geographic Museum. Many of these artifacts have never left Greece and may never again. Recognizing the connections and affinities that modern and contemporary artists feel with art and artifacts of the past, participants in this workshop will draw from and examine masks, figurines, friezes, and other magnificent items from the collection at the museum and then bring our response back to the classroom. Each week will have a different focus and instructor as we translate our responses into our own personal and contemporary work.
Week 1: Looking and drawing at the National Geographic Museum Exhibit – The Greeks: From Agamemnon to Alexander the Great
Week 2: Heads and masks
Week 3: The frieze
Week 4: Objects and Figurines Gridded
Week 5: Poetry in a Rectangle

BRISTLES AND BLADES: WHAT OUR TOOLS CAN DO

Tuesday/Wednesday – September 20/21
10am-3pm
Instructor: Katie Pumphrey
$180

Our tools as painters are an extension of our bodies and our sensibility at a particular moment. Each brush and knife, in the hands of the sensitive painter, is capable of making it’s own set of unique and powerful marks. This workshop will expand our repertoire of tools and their marks, as we explore the potential to find the right mark for the right moment.

PUSHING PASTEL POSSIBILITIES (FULL)

Wednesday, October 19 through November 16
10am – 1pm
Instructor: Jill Phillips
$245

Soft pastels are a unique, versatile, responsive and portable medium. They offer the speed and directness of drawing, along with the rich, varied and layered color possibilities of painting. The immediacy of the material leads to a freshness in the work, and since there are no ‘rules’ to pastel painting it can allow for lots of experimentation. Working from still life, figure and nearby landscape, students will explore traditional and innovative approaches and techniques.   Qualities of pastels, tools, and surfaces to work on will be considered. Opportunity for combining pastel with other mediums is also explored.

THE KEY TO UNLOCKING THE MASTERS

Saturday, October 8 and 15
2-5pm
Instructor: Joren Lindholm
$110

There are no better teachers than the masters! The transcription of a master painting is often the key that unlocks visual language and spatial structure for students. Throughout history artists have studied and transcribed the work of those before them and brought the lessons learned into their own work. Students in this workshop will individually choose works by master artists, both old and modern. They will use dry drawing media to make a series of studies based on the master imagery, as well as a personal interpretation of the work. The lessons from this are invaluable.

PLANTS AND THEIR ABSTRACTIONS

Saturday/Sunday — October 22/23
Saturday at WSS – 10am -3pm
Sunday at the National Botanical Gardens – 1-4pm
Instructor: Mary Freedman
$160

Examining and interpreting the unique movements, repetitions and abstractions inherent in individual plants and groupings of plants, students will meet Saturday at WSS to begin the drawing exploration in the classroom. On Sunday the class will meet on the Mall at the National Botanical Gardens where the exotic rhythms and shapes of plant life and the spaces between will then become the source for the drawings.

INT/ADV DRAWING: DANCE OF THE PLANE

Monday, October 24, 31, November 7, 14, 28
2-5pm
Instructor: Jill Phillips
$245

The interaction of planes and their potential for creating space, volume, movement and tension is a critical piece of the vocabulary of both observational and abstract drawing. We will work from the figure and still life in interior space to understand value shapes as planes that push us back into space, turn corners, and create rhythms as they react to each other and to the picture plane.

COLLAGE-ATHON with KEN KEWLEY

Friday/Saturday – November 18-19
class=10am – 5pm
$400

One Thousand Collages, Abstraction and the Figure – Without a Model


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An exploration of pure abstraction and the abstraction in the figure through collage. We will draw and paint by means of collage. The statements, ‘You cannot make it up’ and ‘You must make it up’ are both true. We must let both guide us. What we put down on our paper are real things that we can adjust just as we pose the model in our studio. It is this abstraction that we must adjust if we are working purely abstractly or if we are working from life. On Day 1 the class will make a thousand collages. On Day 2, additional collages will be transformed into figures without losing the abstraction, all without a model. All on a path away from copying and rendering towards a more exciting and ultimately more real picture of what we find beautiful in the human figure.

THE LANDSCAPE: OUTSIDE-IN

Wednesday, November 9, 16, 30 and December 7
2-5pm
Instructor: Carol Rubin
$215

When the weather is raw there is much to learn about the landscape from studying natural motifs in the studio.  This workshop will focus on seeing abstractions in nature through observing gesture, form, shape and pattern found in the landscape. Students will be encouraged to bring their own temperament and expression into their mark making.

DIGGING INTO EARTH COLORS

Tuesday/Wednesday – December 13/14
10am-5pm
Instructor: Milena Spasic
$215

From Paleolithic cave paintings to contemporary times, earth pigments have been an unchanging staple on the palettes of painters. These largely organic materials have proven to be stable, durable and are relatively inexpensive. Participants in this workshop will explore the complexities of mixing and working with a palette of earth colors. By examining the value, temperature and saturation relationships of these colors, we begin to understand the role of earth tones in our paintings. What function do they play in modifying and affecting other colors? How do they work in conjunction with other more prismatic or synthetic colors, while contributing to the overall unity of the painting?  Students will paint a variety of still lifes which will be the springboard for exploring the answers to these questions. We will also examine the work of master painters who have relied heavily on the use of earth colors in their paintings.


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Summer 2016 Workshops & Marathons

WSS is offering an exciting program of workshops this summer and a 2-day labor day Figure Marathon September 3-4. Read all the descriptions below, then register early! Class size limited to 12 students. Students may register online using PayPal by making your selection(s) from the drop-down menu below. Or you may complete our registration form or contact us to register. Payment in full is required at registration. More here on payment and refund policies.

LEARNING TO SEE: DRAWING INTO PAINTING FOR BEGINNERS

Instructor: Milena Spasic
Thursdays, June 30, July 7, 14
10am – 5pm
$290

This short class will provide an introduction to the foundations of observational drawing and how it relates to painting. Students will learn the basics of contour, shape, value, negative/positive space, proportion, through the use of simple drawing materials and a very limited (3 color) palette of paints as we look carefully at still life and interior space. This course is designed for beginning students. Students who prefer to draw exclusively may do so.

PORTRAIT VS. SELF-PORTRAIT (FULL)

Visiting Instructor: Brian Kreydatus
Friday July 1
10am – 5pm
$135

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Self-Portrait, oil on paper/board

WSS is pleased to bring back Brian Kreydatus for both an exhibition and a workshop! Brian taught at WSS years ago before becoming a full time professor of art at William and Mary College. Many of us on the WSS faculty have studied or taught with Kreydatus and can attest to the strength of his teaching. Don’t miss this opportunity!

What is the difference between using the self that you know so well as model vs. the stranger who serves as muse in the classroom? In a self-portrait we are both the painter and the model, leading to responses that are bound to be different than when we paint someone other than our selves. What is the role of memory, prop, environment, color, and material in one vs. the other? With pencil and sketchbook in the morning, and choice of drawing materials on larger paper in the afternoon, these questions will be explored. Students will work from a model in the morning, and from themselves with mirror in the afternoon.

Drawing ClassLEARNING TO SEE: INTRO TO PAINTING

Instructor: Brian Kelley
Tuesdays, July 5, 12, 19, 26
7-10pm
$215

This short class introduces students to some basic painting concepts and skills. Topics covered will include materials and surfaces, light/dark value relationships, shape relationships, placement, color concepts, mark, and composition. Using a limited palette of colors, students will work from still life and interior space.

FIGURE DRAWING (2 Sessions)

Instructor: Diane Wilson
Session 1: (FULL)
Wednesdays, July 6, 13, 20, 27
7-10pm
$215
Session 2: (FULL)
Wednesdays, August 3, 10, 17, 24
7-10pm
$215

Drawing from the model, this workshop will focus on the structure, movement and expressive qualities of the figure. Line, gesture, proportion, volume and placement are all considered as we work from this most enduring subject.

Jo Weiss, Mixed MediaDRAWING THE FIGURE IN SPACE: TRADITIONAL / CONTEMPORARY

Instructor: Susan Yanero
Wednesdays, July 6, 13, 20, 27
2-5pm
$215

This playful, multi-media drawing class will relate the figure to varied and theatrical interior environments, combining traditional and contemporary ways of finding relationships and using materials. Students will learn to see the figure with accuracy and sensitivity, while enjoying the process of locating it in space. Some weeks the model will move throughout the space, other weeks a single pose will be sustained.

S STREET SKETCH

Instructor: Joren Lindholm
Mondays, July 11, 18, 25, August 1
6:30 – 9:30pm
$215

Wind down your work day by exploring the alleys, doorways, street views, Spanish Steps, Mitchell Park, and other visual treasures all within steps of Washington Studio School. Bring dinner if you like, and after briefly looking at examples of urbanscape drawings by historical and contemporary artists, we will head outdoors with sketchbook and an array of drawing materials in hand. Early evening summer light and shadows can be dramatic or soft, and we will learn to see the beauty in the seemingly mundane as we start to recognize the potential for drawing everywhere. When the light begins to fade, we will return to WSS to look at and talk about the work. Rain or shine. We will draw out of the windows at WSS if it rains. For all levels.

DEGAS, YOU, AND THE MONOTYPE: ‘A Strange New Beauty’

Instructor:  Brian Kelley
Tuesdays, July 12, 19
10am-5pm
$215

Channeling the much talked about and stunning show of Degas monotypes currently at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, students will create a series of monotypes using both the model and the immediate landscape around the school as source.  In the mid-1870’s, Degas was introduced to the monotype process, which involves drawing with ink on a plate and running it through a press.  The result is a single print, which Degas took to a radical end by modifying and reworking with pastel and other materials.  Looking at Degas and experimenting on their own with simple non-toxic printmaking materials, students will discover the potential of this medium and emerge with a series of their own unique new beauties. Read review of he Degas show at MOMA from ArtNews.

Museum Marathon at WSS

July 16 &17
The chance to be inside and cool while drawing from some of the best works the city’s museums have to offer. From old master to contemporary and from all corners of the world — a fantastic weekend immersion. photo @Rijksmuseum

MUSEUM MARATHON

Instructor: Joren Lindholm
Saturday and Sunday, July 16, 17 (See specifics below)
10am-5pm
$215

“Seeing is forgetting the name of the thing one sees” – Robert Irwin

Washington,DC is rich in museums, each with it’s own focus and flavor. This exciting opportunity to immerse yourself in several of them, while drawing and finding connections between cultures and epochs, should not be missed. Each of the four three-hour segments will be spent at a different museum, with lunch and transit in between. Topics covered will include:

Western organization of composition
Form and tactility found in sculpture
Rhythm and tension found in repetition
and how all three cross-feed or influence each other.

Schedule and Materials

  • Saturday

National Gallery of Art 10am – 1pm
Smithsonian American Art Museum / Portrait Gallery 2 – 5pm

  • Sunday

National Museum of African Art 10am – 1pm
Hirshhorn Museum (particularly Robert Irwin exhibit) 2 – 5pm

1 to 2pm includes transit and lunch

Materials list: paper, support for working (sketchbook is fine), dry drawing media (student’s choice: pencil, charcoal, ball point, marker). Drawings will be discussed and shared each session.

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Visiting Instructor: Bettina Nelson
Saturday and Sunday, July 23, 24
10am – 5pm
$270

 

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Look and Play with Bettina Nelson at Washington Studio School

WSS welcomes back visiting artist Bettina Nelson, whose workshop last summer (Intuition: Working in Books) was met with rave reviews! Nelson graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art where she studied with Ken Kewley and Stuart Shils, among many others. Her work has been shown widely, including The Woodmere Art Museum, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Cerulean Gallery, PAFA, and Cameron St. Gallery.

Summer is for Play! Serious Play! The focus of this 2-day workshop is to exercise Looking and Play in the visual world. Day 1 will be spent Looking. We will spend time in our sketchbooks drawing from life, falling in love with looking, and using mark as an extension of sight. Day 2 will transition from Looking into reacting to the material we are using, focusing on Play. Guided by intuition and fun, using various mediums, facilitated prompts and memories of looking from life, we will focus on seeing what is possible when one is completely open to what the material has to offer. Material will be used as a catalyst for creation, and our process will open up limitless curiosity and receptivity to surprise. As a side effect of this workshop students will develop flexibility, open-mindedness, and a trust in intuition. All this while having fun together!


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LABOR DAY FIGURE MARATHON

Instructor- Diane WilsonWilson Figure 2016 marathon
Saturday and Sunday, Sep 3,4
10am – 5pm
$225

Working the first day with one model and the second day with two models, participants will have an intensive opportunity to explore the structural and expressive qualities of the figure in pictorial space. Principles of composition and underlying geometry will be addressed through periodic critiques, as will mark, material, contour, edge, and relationship to the page. Students will look at the drawings of Old and Modern Masters such as Caravaggio, Schiele, Diebenkorn and more. Through concentrated and vigorous engagement with the figure in a dynamic environment the door to invention and transformation begins to open.


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Winter 2016 Workshops

AAS AATDRAWING THE HEAD (FULL)

Wed, Jan 6, 13, 20 (7-10pm)
Instructor: Diane Wilson
$165
Often daunting, the wonderfully complex head is an endless source of formal, pictorial, and metaphorical information. Students will work to surpass mere physical likeness, and discover how the expressive potential inherent in the head is directly affected by the organization of pictorial elements.  This workshop is recommended for students who have previous drawing experience.


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EXPLORING MONOTYPE

Mon/Tues, Jan 11/12 (10am-5pm)
Instructor: Jenny Walton
$215
Walton Under Siege Monotype 2009A monotype is a one-of-a-kind print made by drawing or painting onto a non-absorbent plate.  The image is then transferred to paper by either running it through a press or hand printing. Join this exciting workshop for 2 days of experimental mark-making using a variety of methods and materials.  Inks will be non-toxic Akua inks.  You will pull several prints as well as learning to properly use the press.


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GREEN EXPLORATIONS

Thurs, Jan 14 /21 (10am-5pm)
Instructor: Milena Spasic
$215
Participants in this workshop will explore the complexities of mixing and working with the color green. By examining the value, temperature and saturation relationships of the colors used to create green, we also begin to understand the role of green in our paintings. How do we use the color green to create tension in pictorial space even when we are making a literal reference to it in nature? What role does green play in modifying and affecting other colors? What roles do earth tones play in mixing greens?  Students will paint a variety of still lifes which will be the springboard for exploring the answers to these questions. We will also examine the work of such artists as Cezanne, Van Gogh, Diebenkorn, Alice Neel, Lucian Freud and Gerhard Richter to analyze the use of green in their paintings.


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ESSENTIALS OF ANATOMY: FIGURE DRAWING AND SCULPTURE  

(FULL –WAIT LIST ONLY)
Fri, Sat, Sun – Jan 15, 16, 17 (10am-5pm)
Instructor: Maggie Siner
$575

Due to extreme demand, a session of Essentials of Anatomy has been added.
Fri, Sat, Sun – Feb 12, 13, 14 (10am-5pm)

WHAT GOES ON BENEATH THE SURFACE?

We are pleased to bring Maggie Siner’s ever-popular anatomy class to WSS. Always a sell-out. Don’t wait to register! This intensive 3-day study of anatomy is the single best thing you can do to improve your figurative work. Using primarily drawing, class will also include 3-D clay modeling for a better grasp of anatomical volumes. Human anatomy in its 3-dimensional structure of complex forms and ever-shifting configurations (i.e. movement) is the foundation of good figurative painting. This class offers a rare opportunity to study anatomy with Maggie Siner. Fascinating, informative, challenging, never quite long enough. If you understand the coherence of forms beneath the figure’s surface, if you can control volumes and be sensitive to balance and gesture, then your figurative work will be more convincing and expressive. NOTE: Previous drawing experience required.


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OPEN CRITIQUE

Thurs, Jan 21, Feb 18, Mar17 (5:30-8:30)
Led by Jo Weiss
$50 for critique (5 people per session – registration required – only one critique per person each term)
$10 to observe and learn – unlimited number but registration required
Five people each session will have the opportunity to bring up to five works apiece to be discussed in a critique led by master teacher and former Head of Faculty Jo Weiss. These critiques are open to the community and can be attended by observers for a small fee.


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MUSES AT WORK: DRAWING AND COLLAGE

Sun, Jan 31 and Feb 7 (noon-5pm)
Instructor: Susan Yanero and Deborah Kahn
$180
This workshop is in conjunction with an exhibition in the WSS library of collages and small works by internationally acclaimed artists Lani Irwin and Alan Feltus. On Sunday, January 24th at 3pm, Susan Yanero, close friend of the painters, will be giving a slide talk on the work of these artists. The following two Sundays she will conduct a related workshop. Participants will look closely at the work in the exhibition, as well as at the work of their muses , particularly Simone Martini and Piero della Francesca. Deriving compositional lessons from Martini and Piero, as well as Irwin and Feltus, students will enjoy a process of producing drawings and fun collages using beautiful color shapes. Color sense, compositional sense, and underlying abstractions based on these works will be explored in the students’ own works.


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photo 4RAPID NOTATION

Wed, Jan 27, Feb 24, Mar 23 (7-10pm)
Instructors: Milena Spasic and Jill Phillips
$165
Through a sequence of short and quickly executed studies in oil paint, students are challenged to hone seeing skills by quickly identifying the most significant forms, gestures, spatial relationships and sense of atmosphere. Students learn to depict the essence of the subject at hand in short 5 to 30 minute painting sessions. The studies can stand as paintings in their own right or source material for further paintings. Students will work both from a live model and still life. Recommended for students with painting experience.


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OPEN PRINTING SESSIONS (CANCELLED)

Fri, Jan 22, Feb 26, Mar 18 (1-5pm)
Instructor: Jenny Walton
$180 for 3 four hour sessions
For students who have experience with printmaking but would like monitored access to a press, these sessions allow the opportunity to prepare plates for monotypes or drypoint and pull several prints. Linocuts and other relief prints can be produced as well. Participants provide their own plates, paper, tools, and inks. Inks should be non-toxic water-based inks such as Akua. Instructor will be there to assist with printing process as well as plate preparation.

DRAWING CHANGE

Sat, Feb 6, 20, Mar 5 (1-5pm)
Instructor: Mary Freedman
$215
Over the course of several weeks, students will carefully observe the changing nature of living objects such as flowers or plants as they move through a progression of vibrancy to decay. The beautiful gestural and shape related changes that occur will be captured in a series of drawings done with a variety of materials.


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WAX FIGURE SCULPTURE

Thurs, Feb 25, Mar 3, 10 (7-10pm)
Instructor: Jon-Joseph Russo
$165 plus $30 materials fee paid to instructor
We start by building an armature and will explore handling the wax with a variety techniques and tools. Our focus is to interpret the anatomy of the figure by understanding it as a form in space. Sculpting from the figure is a three dimensional drawing exercise, one that reveals the planes, proportions, balance and composition of the pose.


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WHAT THE MASTERS TEACH US

Sun, Feb 21, 28 (10am – 5pm)
Instructor: Joren Lindholm
$215
The transcription of a master painting is often the key that unlocks the visual language and spatial structure of the masterpiece for students. Throughout history artists have studied and transcribed the work of those before them and brought the lessons learned into their own work. Students in this workshop will individually choose works by master artists, both old and modern. They will use dry drawing media to make a series of studies based on the master imagery, as well as personal interpretation of the work, in varying scale from thumbnail to actual size. A finished full-scale transcription will then be produced.


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FLESH AND MARBLE

Sat, Mar 12 at WSS (10am – 5pm)
Sat, Mar 19 and 26 at National Gallery of Art (10am-1pm)
Instructor: Carol Rubin
$215
A chance to draw from some of the most splendid models of all time.  This beginner figure drawing workshop will start by drawing from live models at WSS and move to drawing from fabulous classical figures in the sculpture galleries of the National Gallery of Art. Here the ‘models’ take permanent poses, are beautifully lit, and have much to teach us.


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OIL AND WATER

Sat/Sun – Mar 19/20 (10am-5pm)
Instructor: Jill Phillips
$215
Oil paints and acrylic paints are both wonderful materials each with their own advantages and disadvantages and appeal to individual sensibilities. In this weekend workshop we will learn about the properties of each and the additives/mediums that can alter and expand their use. Using the same still life set-up, we will make a painting each day – one with oil and one with acrylic to explore methods, possibilities and results of working with each.


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2015 Fall Workshops

LABOR DAY WEEKEND FIGURE DRAWING INTENSIVE

Instructor:  Diane Wilson
Saturday/Sunday – September 5/6
10am-5pm (with an hour lunch break)
$225

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Working the first day with one model and the second day with two models, participants will have an intensive opportunity to explore the structural and expressive qualities of the figure in pictorial space.  Principles of composition and underlying geometry will be addressed through periodic critiques, as will mark, material, contour, edge, and relationship to the page.  Students will look at the drawings of Old and Modern Masters such as Caravaggio, Schiele, Diebenkorn and more. Through concentrated and vigorous engagement with the figure in a dynamic environment the door to invention and transformation begins to open.

FOCUS ON THE HEAD

Instructor: Diane Wilson
Wednesdays – September 9,16,23
7-10pm
$165

Often daunting, the wonderfully complex head is an endless source of formal, pictorial, and metaphorical information. Students will work to surpass mere physical likeness, and discover how the expressive potential inherent in the head is directly affected by the organization of pictorial elements.  This workshop is recommended for students who have previous drawing experience.

RAPID NOTATION: THE QUICK STUDY IN PAINT

Instructor: Milena Spasic
Wednesdays, October 7 and 14
7 -10pm
$110

A sequence of short and quickly executed studies in oil paint. A method that allows students to hone seeing skills by challenging them to quickly identify the most significant forms, gestures, spatial relationships and atmosphere. Students are challenged to depict the essence of the subject at hand in short 5 to 30 minute painting sessions. The studies can stand as paintings in their own right or source material for further paintings. Students will work both from a live model and still life. Recommended for students with painting experience.

DRAWING AT THE MUSEUM

Instructor: Joren Lindholm
Sundays, October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15
Noon-3pm
$270

There are no better teachers than the masters, and no better way to learn from them than by standing in front of their paintings and drawings with sketchbook in hand. In this workshop issues of space, picture plane division and organization, directional lines, edges, rhythm and light will be included.  Some drawing experience is recommended. Each of these 4 sessions will focus on either a specific artist or period in western painting. Materials list: paper, support for working (sketchbook is fine), dry drawing media (student’s choice: pencil, charcoal, ball point, marker).For each session meet first in the main rotunda, mall side, and then the instructor will take you to a selected area in the museum.  Drawings will be discussed and shared each session.

MULTIPLE FIGURE COMPOSITION – LARGE SCALE DRAWING

Instructor: Carolyn Reece-Tomlin
Wednesdays, October 21, 28
10am- 5pm (with an hour for lunch)
$215

Students will work on one large scale drawing of multiple figures with an emphasis on forming compositional and spatial relationships. The work of master and contemporary painters will be discussed and explored through small compositional gestures. Understanding of content (expression) and its relationship to composition and space will be emphasized. Recommended for students with drawing

PLANTS AND THEIR ABSTRACTIONS (FULL)

Instructor: Mary Freedman
Saturday/Sunday — October 31 and November 1
Saturday at WSS – 10am -3pm
Sunday at the National Botanical Gardens – noon-5pm
$180

Examining and interpreting the unique movements, repetitions and abstractions inherent in individual plants and groupings of plants, students will meet Saturday at WSS to begin the drawing exploration in the classroom. On Sunday the class will meet on the Mall at the National Botanical Gardens where the exotic rhythms and shapes of plant life and the spaces between will then become the source for the drawings.

CLAY TRANSCRIPTION: RELIEF SCULPTURE FROM MASTER PAINTINGS

Instructor: Jon-Joseph Russo
Thursdays, November 12, 19, December 3, 10
7-10pm
$215

The transcription of a master painting is often the key that unlocks the visual language and spatial structure of the masterpiece for students. This workshop is about translating 2-dimensional pictorial space into 3-dimensional form. By transcribing a 2-dimensional work of art (which in itself is a translation from a 3-dimensional world) back into a 3-dimensional relief with clay, both painting and sculpture students will be able to interpret planes, negative/positive space and perspective through the materiality of clay. This contributes to better understanding of the formal and expressive strategies of great pictorial masters. Work from the Futurist, Cubist, and Dadaist periods will be examined in particular, but students can choose from other periods as well.

  • TOOLS / MATERIALS REQUIRED:  Approx. $25.
    •  Assorted Clay Tools (see Blick/Utrecht catalog Kemper pottery tool kit. $12.
    •  Old butter knife or Steel Spatula (purchased through instructor- $25.)
    •  Water Clay, Terra Cotta- fee paid directly to instructor. $13.
    ***Note: Firing of sculptures is now available through instructor.

 

THE COMPREHENSIVE GESTURE (FULL)

Instructor: Jo Weiss
Wednesdays, November 11 and 18
10am-5pm (with an hour lunch break)
$215

Beyond the visual sweep of information provided by the summary glance, gesture embodies the poetic dynamics found amongst relationships. This workshop explores the use of gesture as a multi-functional element of expression and two-dimensional interpretation of energies found in the figure and world around us.

EXPLORING INK’S POSSIBILITIES (FULL)

Instructor: Jill Phillips
Wednesdays, November 4 & Friday, November 6
10am -5pm (with an hour for lunch)
$215

From the clear and elegant linear quality of ink used with pen or stick, to the fluid and expressive quality of ink wash and brush, the broad and variable possibilities inherent in the medium will be explored in this 2 day workshop. Surfaces and how they accept the medium, different types of ink, as well as how to combine it with other dry media will be addressed. We will look at both contemporary and old master ink drawings, and will work from still life, interior space and the model.


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2015 Summer Workshops

Visiting Artist Series with Bettina Nelson

Bettina Nelson

Bettina Nelson is a young Philadelphia artist who came to DC last year to assist Ken Kewley with has workshop at WSS. In the few hours that Kewley turned his class over to Nelson for a mini session, she opened the eyes and minds of students in ways that couldn’t have been predicted. At the request of many, we are bringing Bettina back for her own workshop. Don’t miss it!

INTUITION: WORKING INSIDE OF BOOKS (FULL)

Instructor: Bettina Nelson
Sat/Sun — July 25/26
10am-5pm
$270
This workshop will focus on exploring working from intuition, inviting the unexpected by immersing students in the present moment of color and shape, and by imposing limitations on the work. Each student will have his or her own book to work inside of. There will be no guidance as to what the pages will look like. We will focus on the process of: beginning a page, reacting to that by using different tools to play and explore, and coming to recognize when to move on. We will try to fill an entire book. This workshop is meant to strengthen practices of open-mindedness, play, intuition, looking, trust, and flexibility. http://www.bettinannelson.com/


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CARICATURE: NOT WHAT YOU ARE THINKING

Instructor: Diane Wilson
Wednesdays, July 8, 15, 22, 29
1:30 – 4:30pm
$215

NOT your party souvenir caricature! Derived from the Italian word ‘caricare’ meaning to charge or load, a caricature is a description or drawn image showing features in a simplified or exaggerated manner. As one of the earliest caricaturists, Leonardo DaVinci would seek out people with deformities in order to create impressions more striking than ordinary portraits. Honore Daumier created over 4,000 lithographs most of which were politically and socially charged caricatures. Working from the model to discover the natural characteristics, acquired characteristics, and accouterments that contribute to a person’s individuality, the class will learn the art of the ‘loaded portrait.’

FIGURE DRAWING (FULL)

Instructor: Diane Wilson
Wednesdays, July 8, 15, 22, 29
7-10pm
$215

This class is for students with some prior drawing experience. Emphasizing the continued refinement of perceptual drawing skills, the course concentrates on the structure, movement and expressive qualities of the figure. Students work towards a personal sensibility through a variety of drawing materials.

LEARNING TO SEE WITH PAINT

Instructor: Brian Kelley
Mondays, July 6, 13, 20, 27
1:00-4:00pm
$215

This short class introduces students to some basic painting concepts and skills.  Topics covered will include materials and surfaces, light/dark value relationships, shape relationships, placement, mark, and composition.  Using a limited palette of colors, students will work from still life and interior space.

2 DAYS WITH LINOCUT PRINTS

Instructor: Brian Kelley

Tuesday / Thursday, July 21 and 23
10am – 4pm
$215

Excellent work has been produced with linoleum by artists such as Matisse and Picasso.  Discover the versatility of this popular relief print technique, which does not require a press. This course will introduce the basic skills of linocut from designing your image to cutting your block and printing. You will have the opportunity to experiment with mark making, color usage and reductive printing. In a reduction print the artist develops all colors from the same block. With each color pass more linoleum is removed from the block. Each color is printed on top of the last, and the entire edition is printed at once.

PAINTING WITH THE MASTERS: BEG, BORROW AND STEAL (FULL)

Instructor: Carol Rubin
Tuesdays, July 7, 14, 21, 28
7 -10pm
$215

Looking at artists such as Thiebaud, Matisse and Morandi, students will gain insights into what makes their still lifes so appealing as they apply the lessons learned to their own class work. Set-ups will be reminiscent of some of these master paintings with their composition, structure and color relationships in mind. A fun and valuable summer painting class, this workshop is appropriate for all levels.

THE LOGIC OF COLOR! (FULL)

Instructors: Milena Spasic and Jill Phillips
Thursday / Friday, July 9/10
10am – 4pm
$215

Color is deceptive and elusive, with characteristics that shift from the tube to the palette and then to the context of the painting. This workshop will provide you with in-depth color mixing strategies, plus the vocabulary to get color to say what you want it to say. A series of exercises, both abstract and from looking, will help you to understand how color functions and to hone your own personal color vocabulary. The class will also explore several limited palettes to see how expansive limitations can become.

LEARNING TO SEE: BEGINNING DRAWING (FULL)

Instructor: Milena Spasic
Saturdays, July 11, 18, 25, Aug 1
10am – 1pm
$215

This short class will provide an introduction to the foundations of observational drawing. Students will learn the basics of contour, shape, value, gesture, negative/positive space, proportion, and the use of basic drawing materials as we look carefully at still life and interior space. This course is designed for beginning students.

WORKING WITH WATERCOLOR

Instructor: Milena Spasic
Thursday / Friday, July 16, 17
10am – 4pm
$215

A watercolor mark is distinct and easily stands out from the marks made with oils or acrylics. Transparent layers of washes interspersed with the glistening of the textured white paper left untouched, and crisp dry brush marks that stand in contrast are part of the language of watercolor. To handle the medium is to balance the fluidity, the unexpected with the controlled; to observe the water as it carries the pigment across a shape. One chooses to interfere or not interfere, to dab, to subtract, or to let dry and add another mark afterwards. At the same time the placement, size and relationship of the shapes in the composition have to be considered. With practice comes playfulness with the element of chance, rather than hesitancy; and that is when the marks come to life. Students will have an opportunity to practice mark­making and handling of the medium, while painting from observation from a variety of subject matter. Some outdoor painting is planned, weather permitti

SURFACE PREP FOR PAINTING

Instructor: Brian Kelley
Tuesday, July 14
10am – 4pm
$110

The difference between store bought canvases and ones that you stretch and prepare yourself can be huge, with different methods and materials leading to varied painting experiences. This one day hands-on workshop will introduce students to the different weights and weaves of canvas and linen, types of stretcher bars, methods and materials for stretching, and the primers and barriers used to protect the canvas from the destructive properties of the oil. In addition to stretching and prepping a flexible canvas, students will learn about other surface possibilities for painting, particularly the more rigid surfaces like wood, fiberboard and paperboard. While traditional methods will be discussed, the workshop will use more contemporary, conservator approved materials.


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2015 Spring Workshops

Join our Spring Visiting Artist series with Janice Nowinski

Workshop: Photo as Catalyst: Extracting and Transforming (FULL. Please contact us to be placed on waitlist.)

Visiting Artist and Instructor: Janice Nowinski
Saturday May 2, 10am-5pm
$190
This is a painting workshop. At WSS where working from life is emphasized as the way to learn to see visual relationships, how do we make use of the photograph as source material for paintings?  What information can we glean, what do we jettison?  Why do we extract what we do, and how do we transform that into work that is personal and felt? What can the photo lead us to in terms of memory, narrative, metaphor and invention?  And how do the painter’s mark, color, and use of material contribute to the content?

We will depart from the basic rule of realism as stated by painters such as Courbet, Manet, Monet, Cezanne and Signac “paint what you see” (perceptual painting) and move into the territory of Matisse, Picasso and Francis Bacon and “paint the emotion awakened by what you see” using photographs as a catalyst as well as some aspects of the perceptual painting approach.

This workshop is for experienced painters. Certificate students have priority. Class limited to 12. Supply list will be provided with registration confirmation.

Washington Studio School is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of Janice Nowinski works “Recent Paintings,” April 17 through May 30. Included in the May 2 workshop is a gallery talk at 2pm.

Learning to See: Drawing for Absolute Beginners

Instructor: Milena Spasic
Saturday mornings April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16
10am–1pm: $270
This short class will provide an introduction to the foundations of observational drawing. Students will learn the basics of contour, shape, value, gesture, negative/positive space, proportion, and the use of basic drawing materials as we look carefully at still life and interior space. This course is designed for beginning students.
Supplies:  Click for Basic drawing supplies

Figure Drawing Intensive for Beginners

Instructor: Jo Weiss
Fri, Sat, Sun May 15, 16, 17
10am–2:30pm, $270
This workshop offers an opportunity for focused attention on the human figure to those with some drawing experience but who are new to working from the model.  Focus will be on controlling the complexity of the figure, understanding the structural issues involved in building the form of the figure, expression through gesture, empathy, the space the figure occupies, and the spatial qualities of mark-making.

Digital Photo for Artists

Instructor: Alexander (Sasha) Vasiljev
Wednesdays May 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17
10am–1pm, $270
A “must” course for the student and professional artist! Learning to take, correct and store proper digital photos of our artwork for websites, juried show submissions, grant applications, residency applications and blogs is critical. This workshop will teach you the basics of digital photography in addition to how to photograph artwork. Through hands-on instruction, you will learn your camera’s functions, exposure, the difference between aperture and shutter speed, selecting ISO, depth of field, exposure compensation, and more. You will learn how to avoid common mistakes through discussion and professional critique. After completion of the workshop you will better understand your equipment and be able to take the photographs you desire with more confidence. What to bring: DSLR or point-and-shoot camera with MANUAL capabilities, lenses, charged battery, memory card, camera’s manual, paper, pen (and artwork on the days designated by the instructor).

iPad Sketch

Instructor: Alexander (Sasha) Vasiljev
Saturday May 30
10am–2pm, $70
Many prominent artists are beginning to use the iPad in lieu of a sketchbook to make visual notations and quick sketches on location that they then take back to the studio to develop into paintings. This one-day workshop will introduce you to a variety of drawing apps and their capabilities for sketching with a stylus or your finger and literally having color at your fingertips. Students will learn about the apps, download what they are interested in, and then have the opportunity to do a digital sketch (most likely from still life).


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2015 January-March Workshops

Learning to See: Drawing for Beginners
Instructor:  Mary Freedman
Thursdays 7-10pm, January 8, 15, 22
$170
This workshop will provide an introduction to the foundations of observational drawing. Students will learn the basics of contour, shape, value, gesture, negative/positive space, proportion, and the use of basic drawing materials as we look carefully at still life and other natural objects. This course is designed for beginning students.
Supplies:  Basic drawing supplies (see website)

Life Drawing – The Ballerina as Model
Instructor:  Diane Wilson
Wednesdays 7-10pm, January 7, 14, 21
$170
With a ballerina from the Kirov Academy of Ballet as our model, we will draw the gesture, movement, and beauty of the figure as dancer.  Our model will pose in traditional ballet dancewear as well as costumes borrowed from the Kirov closets.  Don’t miss this opportunity!Relief

Printmaking – Linocut
Instructor:  Brian Kelley
Wednesdays 10am-4pm,  January 14, 21
$215
Excellent work has been produced with linoleum by artists such as Matisse and Picasso.  Discover the versatility of this popular relief print technique. This course will introduce the basic skills of linocut from designing your image to cutting your block and printing. You will have the opportunity to experiment with mark making, color usage and possibly the addition of collage.

Introduction to Monotype – Making Marks
Instructor:  Jenny Walton
Monday and Tuesday 10am-4pm, January 12 and 13
$215
A monotype is a one-of-a-kind print made by drawing or painting onto a non-absorbent plate.  The image is then transferred to paper by either running it through a press or hand printing. Join this exciting workshop for 2 days day of experimental mark-making using a variety of methods and materials.  Inks will be non-toxic Akua inks.  You will pull several prints as well as learning to properly use the press.

Exploring Collage
Instructor:  Maya Weber
Saturdays 10am-4pm, January 24, 31
$215
Collage, whether used as the primary method for building an image or incorporated into a mixed media piece, is a wonderful way to engage with the abstract play inherent in two dimensional art. It is direct and malleable, and encourages emphatic statements of shape, plane and color. For painters accustomed to habits of palette and brush, collage introduces an element of surprise and that can present new possibilities. In this two-day workshop, students will use hand-painted papers and magazines to construct abstract studies and works from life that build awareness of essential painting elements and encourage experimentation.

The Playful Still Life
Instructor: Susan Yanero
Sundays 1-4pm, February 1, 8, 15, 22
$215
Fun, dynamic and instructive!  Where will your still life go? What will stay still? Using an amusing collection of colorful, unconventional objects in a fun and lively environment, the class will use still life to explore the visual dynamics and forces which are so inextricably bound to the dynamics of life.  With a variety of drawing materials (including color) students will push the boundaries of still life both visually and conceptually.

Digital Photography for Artists (6 weeks)
Instructor: Alexander (Sasha) Vasiljev
Tuesdays 10am-1pm, February 3 to March 10
$270
A “must” course for the student and professional artist!  Learning to take, correct and store proper digital photos of our artwork for websites, juried show submissions, grant applications, residency applications and blogs is critical. This workshop will teach you the basics of digital photography in addition to how to photograph artwork. Through hands-on instruction, you will learn your camera’s functions, exposure, the difference between aperture and shutter speed, selecting ISO, depth of field, exposure compensation, and more. You will learn how to avoid common mistakes through discussion and professional critique. After completion of the workshop you will better understand your equipment and be able to take the photographs you desire with more confidence. What to bring: DSLR or point-and-shoot camera with MANUAL capabilities, lenses, charged battery, memory card, camera’s manual, paper, pen (and artwork on the days designated by the instructor).

The Handmade Sketchbook
Instructor:  Milena Spasic
Saturdays 10am-2pm, February 28, March 7, 14
$215
An artist should never be without a sketchbook as a repository for ideas, discoveries, and recollections!  In this three-day workshop students will learn the basics of making a handmade hardcover sketchbook – and then begin to fill it with work!  An introduction to making signatures, types of binding methods, paper choices and more will be covered in this class.  The materials and tools of bookmaking will be explored, while the importance of using the book will be emphasized.

Drawing at the Museum
Instructor: Joren Lindholm
Sundays 1-4pm, March 1, 8, 15, 22 (at The National Gallery of Art)
$215
There are no better teachers than the masters, and no better way to learn from them than by standing in front of their paintings and drawings.  In this workshop issues of space, picture plane division and organization, directional lines, edges, rhythm and light will be included.  Some drawing experience is recommended. Each of these 4 sessions will focus on either a specific artist or period in western painting.Materials list: paper, support for working (sketchbook is fine), dry drawing media (student’s choice: pencil, charcoal, ball point, marker).For each session meet first in the main rotunda, mall side, and then the instructor will take you to a selected area in the museum.  Drawings will be discussed and shared each session.

Essentials of Anatomy: Figure Drawing and Sculpture (FULL. Please contact us to be on the wait list)January 9, 10, 11 from 10am-5pm
Instructor: Maggie Siner
$550 (Class limit is 12)WHAT GOES ON BENEATH THE SURFACE? We are pleased to bring Maggie Siner’s ever-popular anatomy class to WSS. Always a sell-out. Don’t wait to register! This intensive 3-day study of anatomy is the single best thing you can do to improve your figurative work. Using primarily drawing, class will also include 3-D clay modeling for a better grasp of anatomical volumes.
Human anatomy in its 3-dimensional structure of complex forms and ever-shifting configurations (i.e. movement) is the foundation of good figurative painting. This class offers a rare opportunity to study anatomy with Maggie Siner. Fascinating, informative, challenging, never quite long enough. If you understand the coherence of forms beneath the figure’s surface, if you can control volumes and be sensitive to balance and gesture, then your figurative work will be more convincing and expressive. NOTE: Previous drawing experience required.   (No cadavers but not for sissies)2014 Marathon & September Workshops3-DAY DRAWING MARATHON WITH JO WEISS (FULL. Please contact us to be placed on the waitlist.)From […] apprehension is formed a concept, a reason engendered in the mind by the object, whose manual expression is called drawing.” Vasari, 1568Marathon 2012This year’s Marathon will focus on experimentation. Driven by process, participants will consider three different purposes of drawing and how they effect material and design. Through apprehending the subject from an experiential basis, participants will form a concept generated by the arrangement and plan its construction.Saturday, Sunday, Monday – August 30, 31, September 1
Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 10am-4pm, Monday  10am-5pm
$400 (plus a small materials fee for shared roll of paper payable to instructor)Limited to 10 students  – Register early online through PayPal or send in your completed registration form.
2014 Fall WorkshopsStarting in early September, WSS kicks off the fall season with nearly a dozen exciting workshops, ranging from drawing to monotype to exploration of paper, plus digital photography. And, in November we welcome the return of guest and visiting artist Ken Kewley. Read more about all of these offerings below, and register early! These workshop offerings fill quickly. Class size is limited to 12 students. Before registering, please read WSS policies on refunds, cancellations, and student withdrawals. You may register online, using PayPal from the drop-down menus below, or complete our registration form.Installations in Mitchell Park (FREE)
Help WSS Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Mitchell ParkSaturday, September 6, 11am-2pm
Instructors: WSS Faculty members
(Mitchell Park is located just up the street, one block west of Washington Studio School.)
In the spirit of Andy Goldsworthy and other environmental artists, WSS will work with participants to prepare small installations from natural materials to be discovered and enjoyed around the park.  Bring sticks, stones, twine and any other materials useful for suspending and tucking away interesting site specific installations.  These temporary installations will be enjoyed throughout the fall, and will accompany a showing of Andy Goldsworthy’s film “Rivers and Tides” at WSS main floor. (Date to be determined, please check back.)The Essentials of PaperTuesday, September 23
11:30am–1pm – Sarah Becktel
1:30–4:30pm – Milena Spasic
$90 (plus $10 material fee paid to afternoon instructor)
Understanding the various properties, uses and limitations of the materials we use is essential in order to make decisions about the right material and surface for the particular work at hand. This special workshop begins with Sarah Becktel, Artist Educator for Strathmore Artists Paper, in a hands-on presentation on Strathmore Drawing and Watercolor Papers and focuses on how understanding a paper’s fiber, weight, texture, surface, grade and permanency affect an artist’s choice and usage of fine art paper. Attendees participate in exercises, using Strathmore papers and drawing materials. In the afternoon, students will spend 3 hours with WSS instructor Milena Spasic and continue the discussion with further exercises using an array of additional papers. The 90-minute presentation will cover all aspects of fine art drawing papers:
History of Writing Surfaces: parchment to papyrus to paper
History of Paper: from China to Europe
How Paper is Made: past and present
Handmade paper vs. Machine made paper
Components of Paper: fiber, watermark, surface texture, sizing, weight, permanence.
Environmentally friendly papers and alternative fibers
Types of Paper: newsprint, sketching, drawing, bristol, illustration, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, mixed-media
Grades of Paper: student, artist, professional
Paper StorageStrathmore will provide free to registered students:
Strathmore papers and literature
Selection of drawing materials
Watercolor brushMonotype: Making MarksTuesday, September 9, 10am-5pm
Instructor: Jenny Walton
$130
A monotype is a one-of-a-kind print made by drawing or painting onto a non-absorbent plate and then running it through the press to transfer the image.  Join this exciting workshop for a day of experimental mark-making using a variety of methods and materials.  You will pull several prints as well as learning to properly use the press.Drawing DupontSundays, September 14, 21, 28, 10am-1pm
Instructor: Joren Lindholm
$170
Students will have three Sunday autumn mornings drawing the gestures, movement, shape and value relationships found in our nearby environment, particularly around the Dupont Circle Farmers Market.  A wonderful way to enjoy the season!Rapid Notation: Quick Response in PaintInstructor: Milena Spasic
Mondays, September 8, 15, 22, 7-10pm
$170
Quick studies in paint are valuable to the student in so many ways.  By doing multiple quick studies from a variety of subjects, students in this fast-paced workshop will learn to edit what is inconsequential and superfluous detail.  They will gain an understanding of what elements are important to them by capturing the critical elements that express their emotional response to the subject. They will reach a greater understanding of the broad relationships between light (value), color and form, and they will learn to simplify and strengthen compositions.Figure DrawingInstructor: Diane Wilson
Wednesdays, September 3, 10, 17, 24, 7-10pm
$215
Drawing from the model, this workshop will focus on the structure, movement and expressive qualities of the figure. Line, gesture, proportion, volume and placement are all considered as we work from this most enduring subject.Learning to See: DrawingInstructor: Mary Freedman
Thursdays, September 4, 11, 18, 25, 7-10pm
$215
This workshop will provide an introduction to the foundations of observational drawing. Students will learn the basics of contour, shape, value, gesture, negative/positive space, proportion, and the use of basic drawing materials as we look carefully at still life and other natural objects. This course is designed for beginning students. Supplies:  Basic drawing supplies (see website)Multiple Figure DrawingInstructor:  Tania Karpowitz
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – September 10, 11, 12
Wed 10am-4pm; Thu 10am-2pm; Fri 10am-4pm
$285
This class explores the time-honored topic of multiple figure composition in drawing and painting. Working with multiple models or a single model in multiple poses, students will continue to develop their perceptual awareness and ability to transpose figures into imagined or constructed spaces. Students will look at the work of many master and contemporary painters, and learn strategies for creating dynamic figure groupings that relate and project content.  This is primarily a drawing class and is recommended for students with drawing experience. Great painters throughout the ages have composed paintings, both quiet and epic, by finding the relationships between two or more figures. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity.Large Scale Compositional Figure DrawingInstructor: Carolyn Reece-Tomlin
Monday and Tuesday, September 15 and 16, 11am-5pm
$215
Students draw the figure with an emphasis on maintaining energy through experimentation with a variety of drawing materials including cut and glued paper. The importance of process, change and structure is explored in resolving each student’s individual compositional and spatial issues in a large format drawing.
VISITING ARTIST KEN KEWLEY (Full – please contact us to join the wait list.)Abstraction for the Realist: A workshop for both the figurative and the abstract artistInstructor:  Ken Kewley
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: November 14, 15, 16
10am–5pm
$500
On the occasion of “The Intimate Diebenkorn” exhibition in Washington, DC at the Katzen Arts Center at American University, November 8 through December 14, 2014.With Diebenkorn as our starting point we will explore abstraction; the pure abstract work and the abstraction in the figure, still life, and landscape. A very structured workshop of looking and abstracting through drawing, painting, collage and sculpture to get at a balance between the two. Between looking at something out there and looking at our work a balance must be found to say something and to say it in an interesting way. The statements, ‘You cannot make it up’ and ‘You must make it up’ are both true. We must let both guide us. What we put down on our paper or canvas are real things that we can adjust just as we adjust objects in a still life. It is this abstraction that we must adjust if we are working purely abstractly, or if we are working from life. We will make abstract drawings, paintings, collages and sculptures that we will transform into figures, still lifes, landscapes and then turn back into abstractions, all to explore the balance between the two. The  non-representational work and the representational work both need to work abstractly to fully satisfy ourselves and then others.2014 Summer WorkshopsSummer at WSS brings short classes, workshops and our Teen Intensive program, all taught by our regular faculty, plus WSS is proud to bring you our Artist in Residence, Reem Bassous.  Summer session will run July 7 to July 31, and workshops will vary on day of week and time of day.If you’ve always wanted to take one of our classes, but short on time, we encourage you to immerse yourself in one or more workshops with us this summer. You will be thrilled. Visit our drawing and painting sections for workshop descriptions and to register. Class size is limited to 12 students, so register early!Join Us! Open House, Sunday June 15, 1-3pm. Free drawing session2014 Spring, Visiting ArtistMemorial Day Weekend “Master Class”
with Stuart Shils
Life Studio as Painted SpaceA two and a half day indoor painting class
Lecture:  Friday May 23 at 6pm – open to the public
Class:  Saturday/Sunday May 24, 25 (9am-5pm) and
Monday May 26 (9am-1pm)
$725 (includes Friday lecture, attendance required)The Life class offers a controlled and carefully orchestrated setting for engaging with and exploring many pictorial concerns ranging far beyond “how to” paint the figure. In fact, our first requirement is learning to see, so that “how to” paint a figure is not part of our agenda at all. Rather, students will be encouraged to focus on pictorial structure, to consider close and accountable looking at both the set up of the room and at the painting, with a model as part of a much larger organization of form and color. There will also be an emphasis on drawing for its own sake and in relation to planning for and thinking through painting. We’ll also explore aspects of collaboration between students as a way of understanding the decision making process more fully and seeing where we stand individually by way of working together. Using materials such as acrylic paint and Crayola crayons, students will have the opportunity to leave the familiar behind and turn over new rocks.The night before the first day is the 90-minute introductory lecture, Explorations of the Figure in Space, and workshop students are required to attend.Stuart Shils workshops fill quickly all over the country – Register early! It’s a great way to spend the long weekend!Digital Media(short classes): Intro to Digital Media and iPad Sketch.Portrait Interpretations, Painting (short class): May 29,30,31. 10am-3pm, KarpowitzFigure Drawing (short class): May 28, June 4,11,18. 7-10pm, Wilson2014 Winter WorkshopsOur winter workshops run for several weeks in January, starting January 4. We also bring Gerald Wartofsky in January and Maggie Siner in February as part of our Visiting and Guest Artist Series.     Maggie Siner2014 Winter Workshop DescriptionsThe Figure in Expressive Composition (by visiting artist Wartofsky)Our Visiting and Guest Artist Series is funded in part by a grant from the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities.
Instructor: Gerry Wartofsky, Visiting Artist
Thursday and Friday, January 23 and 24, 10am-4pm
$215
Join visiting artist and professor of art Gerry Wartofsky for a 2-day workshop to accompany his exhibition of drawings, paintings and pastels at WSS.  Working from the figure with a variety of drawing materials, students will use their own class studies to organize figure groupings into sustained compositions.  During the 2 days students will attempt to realize different modes from expressionistic to atmospheric to structured and serene.  Students will work in black and white the first day, and introduce color into the drawings during the second day.Anything Goes! A Dialogue in Drawing (2 sessions) – REGISTER NOW!Instructors:  Deborah Kahn and Susan Yanero
Tuesday and Wednesday, January 14 and 15, 11am-5pm
$215
This collaborative class between longtime teaching and painting colleagues Susan Yanero and Deborah Kahn and their students will be both a conversation and a studio class.  Students are each to bring a drawing with them, a dialogue will ensue, and assignments will evolve out of the conversation.  The workshop will address problems in drawing, leading to deeper issues of perception.Rapid Notation: The Quick Response in Paint (2 sessions) – REGISTER NOW!Instructor: Milena Spasic
Thursday, January 16 and 23, 7–10pm
$110
Quick studies in paint are valuable to the student in so many ways.  By doing multiple quick studies from a variety of still lifes, students in this fun and fast-paced workshop will learn to edit what is inconsequential and superfluous detail.  They will gain an understanding of what elements are important to them by capturing the critical elements that express their emotional response to the subject. They will reach a greater understanding of the broad relationships between light (value), color and form, and they will learn to simplify and strengthen compositions.NEW! Layering: Gouache and Pastel (1 session) – REGISTER NOW!Instructor: Brian Kelley
Wednesday, January 22, 10am–5pm
$130
Contemporary artists use mixed media in increasingly experimental ways. This 1-day workshop explores the interaction and layering of a water-based wet medium (gouache) and a dry medium (pastel.)  Using still life and interior space as subject, students will work perceptually to build an image with these materials in combination.Approaching Acrylic (2 sessions) – REGISTER NOW!Instructor: Maya Weber
Saturdays, January 11 and 18, 10am–2pm [please note that on the flyer, the dates are Jan 12 and 19, but the day of week is Saturday]
$145
In this introduction to the medium, students will be encouraged to exploit the fast-drying properties of the paint to enhance their color exploration. Working from a still life over two sessions, we will investigate basics of handling the medium and experiment with shifting color choices.Figure Drawing (3 sessions) – REGISTER NOW!Instructor: Diane Wilson
Wednesdays, January 8, 15 and 22, 7–10pm
$165
Drawing from the model, this workshop will focus on the structure, movement and expressive qualities of the figure. Line, gesture, proportion, volume and placement are all considered as we work from this most enduring subject.Learning to See: Drawing (3 sessions) – REGISTER NOW!Instructor: Mary Freedman
Mondays,  January 6, 13, and 20, 7-10pm
$165
This workshop will provide an introduction to the foundations of observational drawing. Students will learn the basics of contour, shape, value, gesture, negative/positive space, proportion, and the use of basic drawing materials as we look carefully at still life and other natural objects. This course is designed for beginning students. Supplies:  Basic drawing supplies (see website)Learning to See: Painting (4 sessions) – CANCELLEDInstructor: Joren Lindholm
Saturdays, January 4, 11, 18, 25, 10am-1pm
$215
This workshop introduces students new to painting to some basic concepts and skills.  Topics covered will include materials and surfaces, value relationships, shape relationships, placement, mark, color, pattern and composition.  Students will work from still life and interior space.The Painter’s Secret Geometry (by visiting artist) – Part 2: FULL. Please ask to be on the wait list. Part 1: Lecture, Feb 8 is open. Please register.Our Visiting and Guest Artist Series is funded in part by a grant from the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities.
Instructor: Maggie Siner, Visiting Artist
Part 1: Lecture – Saturday, February 8, 3pm (time to be confirmed)
Part 2: Class – Sunday, February 9, 10am-5pm
$190 (includes lecture)
Lecture only, $15
Artist Maggie Siner returns to WSS for a lecture and workshop! Great painting is built on great structure.  Discover the secret geometry that underlies pictorial composition as artist and teacher Maggie Siner guides us on an amazing journey through the shapes of a Rembrandt self-portrait, revealing its beautiful and sophisticated hidden meaning. Then, in the studio, learn to apply and develop these ideas through painting and drawing by continued analysis of paintings and hands-on experience in using the hidden geometry in one’s own painting.
Part 1: Lecture: Rembrandt and the Painter’s Hidden Geometry. This lecture is fascinating for both painters and non-painters.
Part 2: Painting and Drawing WorkshopDigital Photography & iPad DrawingIntro to Digital PhotoInstructor: Alexander Vasiljev
Mondays, January 27, February 3 and 10 (7-10pm)
Saturday, February 8 (10am-1pm) for a field trip
$215
First, second and fourth sessions are in a class setting and the third session is a field trip to a local park to take photos. This workshop will teach you the basics of digital photography. Through hands-on instruction, you will learn your camera’s functions, exposure, the difference between aperture and shutter speed, selecting ISO, depth of field, exposure compensation, and more. You will learn how to avoid common mistakes through discussion and professional critique. After completion of the workshop you will better understand your equipment and be able to take the photographs you desire with more confidence.
What to bring: DSLR or point-and-shoot camera with MANUAL capabilities, lenses, charged battery, memory card, camera’s manual, paper, pen.i-Pad Sketch (1 session, 2 day/time options)Instructor: Alexander Vasiljev
Thursday, February 6, 6-10pm
or
Saturday, February 22, 10am-2pm
$70
Many prominent artists are beginning to use the iPad in lieu of a sketchbook to make visual notations and quick sketches on location that they then take back to the studio to develop into paintings.  This one-day workshop will introduce you to a variety of drawing apps and their capabilities for sketching with a stylus or your finger and literally having color at your fingertips.  Students will learn about the apps, download what they are interested in, and then have the opportunity to do a digital sketch (most likely from still life.)2013 Fall WorkshopsClick here for 10-week Fall Term class offeringsWSS is offering a number of workshops in September and October to kick off the school year. The 10-week term begins September 30 with our array of outstanding classes in drawing, painting and sculpture and some short classes and workshops embedded into the term. iPad Drawing — Using the iPad as a Sketchbook (1 session)Saturday September 28, 10am–2pm
Instructor:  Alexander (Sasha) Vasiljev
$70
Many prominent artists are beginning to use the iPad in lieu of a sketchbook to make visual notations and quick sketches on location that they then take back to the studio to develop into paintings.  This one-day workshop will introduce you to a variety of drawing apps and their capabilities for sketching with a stylus or your finger and literally having color at your fingertips.  Students will learn about the apps, download what they are interested in, and then have the opportunity to do a digital sketch (possibly outdoors, weather permitting.)Introduction to Digital Photography (4 sessions)Tues Oct 1, 8, 15 (7-10pm) and Sun, Oct 13 (10am-1pm, field trip)
Instructor:  Alexander (Sasha) Vasiljev
$215
First, second and fourth sessions are in a class setting and the third session is a field trip. This workshop will teach you the basics of digital photography. Through hands-on instruction, you will learn your camera’s functions, exposure, the difference between aperture and shutter speed, selecting ISO, depth of field, exposure compensation, and more. You will learn how to avoid common mistakes through discussion and professional critique. After completion of the workshop you will better understand your equipment and be able to take the photographs you desire with more confidence.What to bring: DSLR or point-and-shoot camera with MANUAL capabilities, lenses, charged battery, memory card, camera’s manual, paper, pen.Learning to See: Drawing (4 sessions)Thursdays September 5, 12, 19, 26, 7-10pm
Instructor: Joren Lindholm
$215
This workshop will provide an introduction to the foundations of observational drawing. Students will learn the basics of contour, shape, value, gesture, negative/positive space, proportion, and the use of basic drawing materials as we look carefully at still life and other natural objects. This course is designed for beginning students.
Supplies:  Basic drawing supplies (see website)The Magical World of a Sketchbook (2 sessions)Tuesdays September 17 and 24, 11am–4pm
Instructor:  Susan Yanero
$180
In many ways the artist’s sketchbook is akin to a collection – a place to collect thoughts, images and references. Ideas become tangible in a sketchbook through drawing, scrawling, writing, sticking, trying out – connections are made and deeper thinking takes place.  And often, sketchbooks are works of art in themselves.  One should never be without a sketchbook, and this fun and fast-paced workshop will give you guidance in creating and using sketchbooks to help you articulate, externalize and explore ideas.  The workshop takes place on two consecutive Tuesdays with the expectation that you will work to develop your sketchbook in the days between.  Expect to emerge with something close to an artist’s book!Self-Portrait (3 sessions)Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, September 18, 19, 20, 10am–3pm
Instructor: Tania Karpowitz
$270
What does it mean to use the self that you know so well as model rather than the stranger who is often the classroom muse? What is the role of memory in the self-portrait? How do we respond and manipulate when we are both model and painter in ways that are different from when we paint someone else? All this will be explored in this workshop. Students may decide individually if this will be a drawing or a painting project and bring supplies accordingly.  Personal props may also be brought to class.Drawing at the Museum (4 sessions, also listed under Drawing)“Opening the Box: Spatial Illusions inside the Picture”
Sunday 1-5pm, October 6, 13, 20, 27
Instructor: Juliana Netschert
$240 (SPACE AVAILABLE)
4 sessions at The National Gallery of Art / both wings, each session focuses on either a specific artist or period in western painting.The perception of space on a 2 dimensional surface is contradictory, and like all illusions, magical. Obviously, the surface itself is two dimensional, but through the function of our eyes and brain, we begin to perceive depth. The basic rectangle of the picture becomes a window. The picture surface becomes the transparent front of a box into which we can see sides, floor, ceiling and the back, which is parallel to the front.  Parts of this 3 dimensional illusion are often ignored, but the picture surface itself always depth. Through drawing, the experience of deep dimensional space created on what is a flat surface can be better understood and enjoyed.In this class, issues of how deep or how flat will be explored. Concepts of picture plane, directional lines, edges, near/far, overlapping, push/pull, ambiguity and light will be included.  Some drawing experience is recommended.Materials: paper, support for working (sketchbook is fine), dry drawing media (student’s choice: pencil, charcoal, ball point, marker).For each session meet first in the main rotunda, mall side, and then the instructor will take you to a selected area in the museum.  Drawings will be discussed and shared each session.Color Focus – Painting (6 sessions, also listed under Painting)Tuesday 7-10pm, October 15 to November 19
Instructor:  Carol Rubin
$270 (SPACE AVAILABLE)
This short class will teach students about the important issues of color through ideas of temperature, intensity, and value. There will be a series of exercises to connect these ideas with the practice of painting. This class is for painters of all levels. Beginning to intermediate students will deepen their understanding of color relationships, while more advanced students will hone their skills using color.Wax Figure Sculpture Series (3 Fri/Sat sessions, also listed under Sculpture)Fri 1-5pm and Sat 10am-2pm, Oct 4-5 / Nov 8-9 / Dec 6-7
Instructor: Garcia
$455 plus $30 each month for supplies paid directly to instructor Garcia (cash preferred).
Materials Provided: Microcrystaline Wax #503, Acadia wood tool 8”, Copper Wire #12, 10 x 10” wood board
Please bring: vaseline or any hand cream available at home, small round edge knife (butter knife), metal spoon, charcoals, sketchbook, hair dryer.Sculpting in Wax from the Model is a class designed for students of all levels, from the complete beginner who needs to learn the basics of traditional sculpture making to more experienced students looking to practice their skill set. We start with building an armature and will explore handling the wax with a variety techniques and tools. Our focus is to interpret the anatomy of the figure by understanding it as a form in space. Sculpting from the figure is a three dimensional drawing exercise, one that reveals the planes, proportions, balance and composition of the pose.Oscar Garcia is a Peruvian Sculptor, born from a long line of Sculptors and Foundry Artisans. He grew up assisting the master artists’ public commissions. He studied at the Fine Arts School of Lima. There he received a six-year sculpture specialization MFA. During these years he also became one of the master artists for public commissions, by the Church, government and military. In 2003 Oscar Garcia came to New York. His extensive knowledge in foundry work as well as carving wood and stone, modeling with clay and wax both figurative and abstract, has made Garcia’s Sculpting in Wax series popular at the Art Students League of New York and Washington Studio School in DC.1-Day Urban Drawing Marathonwith Visiting Artist Stuart Shils
REFRAMING THE ORDINARY: DRAWING ON THE STREETS WITH A CRITICAL VISUAL EYE
Saturday, October 12, 9:30am-5:00pm
$215 (FULL. Request to be on the wait list.)

Washington Studio School welcomes renowned painter Stuart Shils for his all-day urban drawing workshop, Saturday October 12 and an artist’s talk open to the public, Thursday evening October 10 at 7pm, “Reframing the Ordinary“.  Workshops given by Shils around the country are in great demand, and this class will fill quickly!  Class size is limited to 12 students. Act fast! You don’t want to miss this opportunity.

This one-day class will introduce and cultivate the perceptual tools of rapid visual summation and notation, both in terms of how to understand what you see and how to remake that into clear and intelligent graphic formats on paper. Working in very ordinary places, we will focus on noticing how everyday architectural space and natural form is really extraordinary visually and then, with how to translate that awareness into drawing.

This is an intimate class for mid range to advanced painters, designers, photographers or architects, in which there will be focus on each participants work. Using pencils and litho crayons in sketchbooks, we’ll investigate issues of how to recognize and understand the interior structure of the “perceptual moment” through drawing. We’ll also casually use the digital camera as a viewfinder and photographic tool to examine and identify what camera vision does to our seeing and how camera informs and enhances direct perception. This is not a class for learning how to “render” or how to make “pretty photographs.

2013 Summer Marathons, July & August

As part of our visiting artist series, WSS is pleased to welcome back guest artist Ken Kewley and Maggis Siner, and bring you visiting artist Reem Bassous.  In July, students will have two unique opportunities with Ken Kewley – enroll in our 3-day workshop and attend Kewley’s talk on Braque prefaced with a visit to The Phillips Collection.  Local artist Siner comes in August for a workshop on Color and Perception and Bassous, Master Teacher, joins us over Labor Day weekend in a 2-Day Drawing Marathon. Details below.

Our Guest and Visiting Artist Series is made possible through a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. We greatly appreciate their support!

3-Day Marathon with guest artist Ken Kewley

FROM THE LITERAL TO THE POETIC:

THE STILL LIFE

Still Life on Table, Kewley

Drawing, Painting, Collage and Sculpture

Friday, Saturday, Sunday: July 12, 13, 14
10am-5pm. $500 (FULL. Request to be on the wait list.)

Register soon for this 3-day workshop. Kewley’s workshop this past January filled quickly! Sorry, now FULL. Please ask to be placed on the wait list. You may still join in other Kewley events. Details below.

Taking our inspiration from Braque, who turned away from the model to get closer to reality, we will look but we will not copy. No more boring still lifes of boring objects sitting on a shelf. No more trying to breathe life into dead objects. Creating our own still lifes with corrugated cardboard we are going to see how many ways we can take them apart and reassemble them in the search for the most exciting composition. Placing objects together to paint is working abstractly. Somewhere between observation and invention we will draw, paint, collage and sculpt, on a path away from copying or rendering, towards composing and towards a still life that is alive.

Vase, Palette and Mandolin, Georges Braque

Ken Kewley Talk:  Drawing from Braque

at Washington Studio School, FREE and open to the public
July 11, Thursday, 7:00pm

Visit to The Phillips, 3:30-5pm:  Before the slide talk, join Kewley at The Phillips to view the Braque exhibit: “Georges Braque – The Cubist Still Life 1928-1945.” Meet at front entrance of the museum. RSVP kindly appreciated.

Washington Studio School is conveniently situated three short blocks from The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street, NW.  Entrance fee to the museum for non-members, $12.

Siner Workshop: Color and Perception

What is Color & How Does It Happen

Twins, 2009, Siner

Friday: August 23
10am-5pm. $175. (FULL. Request to be on the wait list.)

In this one-day painting workshop (working from still-life) we will begin by understanding the phenomenon of light, (the source of color) and the basics of visual perception (the arrival of color).  We will develop a vocabulary for clearer color thinking, and then work through and manage the profound relativity and malleability of colors as they change and react to each other. Color is a perceptual event.  It is a sensation, not a theory.

A painting is a collection of colors in relationship to each other, and a successful painting balances the nuances of these relationships.

How then does a painter make sense of color and learn to use it, not only as a decorative and expressive tool but as a convincing transformation of live visual experience recorded into the medium of paint?  How does a painter become a colorist?

It is not a question of using bright colors but of handling nuances and color relationships.  When a painter becomes sensitive to the perceptual realities of color, and applies them to the palette and handling of paint, then a painter can command the finest mastery of color.

Color relativity is the most basic fact of our perceptual system. Color is a phenomenon that must be understood as ‘in motion’.

Labor Day Weekend

2-Day Drawing Marathon with Reem Bassous

Visiting artist and master teacher

Green Line, mixed media on paper, Bassous

Saturday and Sunday:  August 31 and September 1
9am-5pm.  $300 (FULL. Request to be on the wait list.)

Reem’s marathons in DC and Honolulu have been met with the highest acclaim. This marathon at WSS is designed to push you into places you can’t even imagine! It will be an incredible experience and journey.  Reem is the “master instructor.”

This workshop will offer an intensive exploration of the drawing process through a series of rigorous exercises addressing elements of composition, surface and mark making. Participants will experiment with different drawing media, working in a variety of sizes and formats. There will be in-depth discussion on what it takes to “build” a drawing, abstracting from visual references, and exploring various methods to fulfill the drawing’s potential. Through PowerPoint presentations, critiques and hands-on instruction, Bassous will offer students the tools to propel them into reconciling idea with technique.
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Workshops, Spring 2013

Carolyn Reece-Tomlin and Deborah Kahn

WSS welcomes back two extraordinary instructors to teach related workshops on two consecutive Thursdays.

Pushing Your Drawing

The workshops in this two-part exploration into drawing will complement each other in subject matter, scale and materials. Take both on consecutive Thursdays, or take one!

Part 1.  Large Scale Figure Drawing

Thursday,  April 25 from 10am–5pm
Instructor:  Carolyn Reece-Tomlin
$135
Students draw the figure with an emphasis on maintaining energy in a large format drawing.  The importance of process, change and experimentation is explored in resolving each student’s individual compositional and spatial issues.

Part 2.  A Day of Drawing:  Exploring a Motif

Thursday, May 2 from 10am–5pm
Instructor:  Deborah Kahn
$135
Working from a large, complex, and changeable still life in the morning, and then adding a figure to the set-up in the afternoon, students will discover the inherent possibilities of pattern, light, rhythm, movement and space that arise from careful seeing and exploration.

Fundamentals of Color through Painting (Short class)

W/Th/F – May 29, 30, 31 from 10am–4pm
Instructor: Tania Karpowitz
$270
This class will teach students about the important issues of color through ideas of temperature, intensity, and value. There will be a series of exercises to connect these ideas with the practice of painting. This class is for painters of all levels. Beginning to intermediate students will deepen their understanding of color relationships, while more advanced students will hone their skills using color.

Developing an Idea (Short class)

W/Th/F – June 5, 6, 7 from 10am–2pm
Instructor: Tania Karpowitz
$180
As students progress, the need to move in a more personal direction becomes important. In this class, students work independently but are provided with a series of exercises to help them translate their own ideas into the visual. Students may determine individually if their project is to be a drawing or a painting one.

iPhone Photography

Wednesday, April 17 from 6–10pm
Instructor:  Alexander (Sasha) Vasiljev
$75
You can produce gallery quality photos with your iPhone!
The workshop will start with learning the basics of digital photography, how to choose the light, composition, and tips on improving your iPhone™ photography. You will learn about the best camera and photo editing apps, their differences, applications and functions. During this workshop you will be able to practice iPhone photography through hands-on instruction in the field.

What to bring: iPhone™ with charged battery, charger, pen, writing pad. The approximate cost of the apps you will learn about is $12.

Intro to Digital Photography Workshop with emphasis on photographing artwork

Wednesday April 24, May 1, 8 @ 7-10PM (field Saturday May 4, 10am-1PM)
Instructor:  Alexander (Sasha) Vasiljev
$215
First, second and fourth sessions are in a class setting with the third session in the field. This 4-session workshop will teach you the basics of digital photography. Through hands-on instruction, you will learn your camera’s functions, exposure, the difference between aperture and shutter speed, understanding ISO, depth of field, exposure compensation, and more. After learning the basics, we will focus on the specifics of photographing artwork. You will learn how to avoid common mistakes through instruction and discussion. After completion of the workshop you will better understand your equipment and be able to take the photographs you desire, including your artwork, with more confidence. What to bring: DSLR or point-and-shoot camera with MANUAL capabilities, lenses, charged battery, memory card, camera’s manual, paper, pen.

Color Correcting Your Artwork Photographs:

Wednesday, May 15 from 7-10pm
Instructor:  Alexander (Sasha) Vasiljev
$55
Designed especially for those learning to photograph their artwork, this one time session will focus on how to achieve a truthful color representation in your photographs.  Students will learn about white balance, color spaces, calibration and available software. You will learn the necessary workflow steps, from photographing to correcting your photo in software. After completion of this workshop you will be able to present your artwork images in print or digital form with color accuracy that you control. What to bring: DSLR or point-and-shoot camera with MANUAL capabilities, lenses, charged battery, memory card, camera’s manual, laptop, paper, pen. Important: Intro to Digital Workshop OR knowledge of your camera and its manual setting is a prerequisite for this class

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