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Virtual Painting Marathon with Graham Nickson & Guests

Who is Afraid of Red, Yellow, and Blue? Live Painting: Alive Color

Course Description

“A colorist is essentially an epic poet” – Baudelaire

This Painting Marathon takes on Baudelaire’s challenge that a colorist is essentially an epic poet. Barnett Newman painted his giant minimal piece “Red, Yellow, Blue” at a time when painting was challenged and thought to be exiting. Painting didn’t die, however, and color has become even more important. The invention of color and its support of form is essentially a modern supposition. We accept the adage that six square feet of red is more striking than 6cm square, and we encourage students to work large, as well as tiny. We will look at how color has transformed the human figure and the ways in which it is perceived. We will take a journey through the history of the parts of the figure to the whole, starting with the head and working towards the entire figure in its environment.

Each day during this 5-day course, we will focus on exploring a specific artist whose work is associated with a particular color. Through transcriptions of their work we will learn from them while discovering the difference between transcriptions and copies. In the afternoons we will work together from the model via Zoom (or in-person if you enroll in the Ah Haa School for the Arts section), and create our own images. We will look at artists who had extreme passion for certain colors. Pierre Bonnard for example, said “One cannot have too much yellow;” and for Van Gogh, yellow was the symbol of life itself, he even painted his house in Arles yellow.

Course Syllabus

Teacher

Graham Nickson

Dean, Atelier Head of Painting

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