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In-Person Hudson River Painting Marathon – with Clintel Steed
This Marathon will include plein air drawing, from the 79th street boat basin, and from our drawings we will construct paintings. We will focus on the space of the Hudson River school and how we can use drawing to create a painting. The course will be divided into two sections and combine three elements: drawing, collaging and painting. We will explore what can be learned through drawing from nature: structure and form; as well as challenge the way we see color and how we will then mix it. This course will take place outdoors and in the studios of the School on 8th Street.
During the first week, we will work directly from nature. These drawings will be crucial for the second week as we learn to create paintings from them. We will primarily use silver point to develop dense, descriptive drawings or “visual notes” and focus on the color and space around us. In the second week, we will work on two paintings each day. During the morning sessions, we will create small paintings that focus on color and shape relationships. In the afternoon sessions, we will use the small paintings to create large paintings considering how we think differently according to scale. We will focus on line, composition, color, mass and density; and how these elements are creating space and geometry in the larger paintings. Throughout the class, we will refer to Hopper’s process and how drawings, like photographs, can inform a painting.