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In this class Stuart Shils, Juror of Wayne Art Center’s Regional Juried Spring Open, addresses perceptual and graphic clarity, offering a controlled setting in which to examine pictorial concerns far beyond “how to” paint the figure. Students dig deep into issues like translating their perceptions into articulate painted space and pictorial structure and explore color, composition, and design. They’ll take a close look at both the set-up of the room and at the painting, with the “model” as part of a larger graphic configuration. Considerable emphasis will be placed on drawing for its own sake, on paper, not under the painting as preparation. Each day brings a demonstration and an investigation of other painters’ work analytically, in slides, to understand the direction of our own concerns. These will be long, active and engaging days, and participants are expected to dedicate a lot of energy. Students work in acrylic paint, NOT oil.
Friday, April 26 – In preparation for his class, Mr. Shils presents a 90-minute introductory lecture with slides, examining issues of perceptual awareness. The talk is really chapter one of the class, so all participants should plan to be there (cost included for master class participants).