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Friday Evening Painting on Paper – with Kaitlin McDonough

Fall 2018

Course Description

Through sensitive engagement with observation and materials, this course will cultivate active looking and one’s ability to see relationally.  Observational translation bridges the space between a person’s embodied ways of perceiving and the external phenomena that surround us, positing one’s perceptions into a system of organization (including, but not limited to, what one perceives through sight). Participants are invited to use a range of water-based materials such as ink, watercolor and acrylic to create works that will range in duration and scale.

Emphasis will be placed on fierce looking, light and value, mark making and touch, scale and materiality, atmosphere and air, tone and energy. This series will also focus on the cultivation of each participant’s respective motivations, methods and subsequent meanings. All levels welcome!

Course Outline

Class meetings will present drawing ‘situations and themes’ which incorporate the model, still life and transcription as source material. Formal aspects of drawing will be emphasized so as to better understand and integrate the effects of these elements within the overall content and emotional tenor of the work. Works on paper will vary in size, media, duration and focus.  


Course Syllabus




Kaitlin McDonough


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