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Arbor Vitae with Graham Nickson and Guests

Summer Session II


Course Description

In this painting marathon, students will have the rare opportunity to combine working from perception and synthesizing that information with a model in a studio setting. The class will work approximately half of the time in the quiet splendor of Old Westbury Gardens, Long Island, working from the landscape. These paintings/studies will be used within the studio setting, allowing the student to amalgamate the different ideas onto a single (or multiple) canvas’.  Intense color research methods bring students into new territory in terms of their palette and their ability to understand and apply the use of metaphor within their own work.  Various strategies will be utilized to explore aspects of visual language: imagery, composition, scale, form, value, and hue.  Students engage in multiple daily critiques in order to enhance their ability to read paintings and to help track their progression.

Course Syllabus


Graham Nickson

Dean, Atelier Head of Painting

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