Ben Hamburger – Plein Air in the Urban Landscape (Online); Tuesdays, April 16 & 23, 2024

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Date: Tuesdays, April 16 & 23, 2024
Time: 11:30 AM-1:30 PM Pacific Time, 2:30-4:30 PM Eastern Time, 7:30-9:30 PM London Time
Level: All
Medium: Oil or acrylic

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When painting the landscape, dealing with architectural elements, cars, roads and sidewalks can be intimidating. This concern for perspective, straight lines, and rigid shapes can make our paintings feel stiff or overworked. During this two-session workshop, we will discuss methods to let go of some of the pressure to paint things ‘correctly’ in the urban landscape and to consider things like architecture, roads, etc. as integral shapes of your paintings- and ones that are fun to paint!  We will touch on composition, simplification and massing, painting process and paint application. During classes, we will look at some artworks from throughout history as inspiration, discuss techniques, watch demonstrations, and do some brief painting and drawing exercises. Outside of class, students should work on their own paintings to be reviewed the following week. This class is open to acrylic and/or oil painters.

Ben Hamburger is a painter, socially engaged artist, and educator based in New Orleans, LA. His work is driven by art’s potential to connect and enrich our understanding of the world. Hamburger holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts from Eckerd College and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Community Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Hamburger has led workshops and taught courses in schools, universities, art centers, museums, correctional facilities, and nonprofit organizations around the United States, as well as Bolivia, Thailand, and India. Hamburger has been the recipient of numerous grants, awards, and fellowships including the Orange County Arts Council Artist Grant, The Outstanding Young Alumni Award from Eckerd College, and First Place Prize in Orange County’s annual Plein Air Painting Event. Hamburger has attended artist residencies at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, LA, Sustainable Bolivia in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Joshua Tree Highlands Residency in Joshua Tree, CA. His work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions at locations including the Maryhill Museum of Art, Montpelier Arts Center, Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh, and the Western Carolina University Art Museum. Hamburger’s work has been covered by Indy Week, The News and Observer, Voice of America, Tampa Bay Times, The Baltimore Sun,WYPR, and Baltimore Style Magazine. Hamburger is currently an Adjunct Instructor in the School of Art and Design at Western Carolina University and teaches painting at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art.

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