Gage Opdenbrouw - Absorbing the Lessons of the Masters (Online); Wednesdays, February 10-March 17, 2021

Date: Wednesdays, February 10-March 17, 2021
Time: 10:30AM-1:00PM Pacific Standard Time
Level: All

Our live online classes are taught via Zoom. Students have the opportunity to interact with the instructor and other participants, watch live demos and receive feedback and instruction. You will have access to a class chat forum on our website where you can share work, comment and ask questions. You will also have access to recordings of the class that will expire 30 days after the final day of the course.

To take this class, you need a microphone and camera enabled computer OR an iPad /smart tablet OR a smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.

You will receive an email with the Zoom link and class details 5-7 days before the class starts (don’t forget to check your junk folder). Find out how to access the class group message board here. 

In this 6-week class with artist Gage Opdenbrouw,  delve into the lessons of some of the world’s renowned contemporary painting masters, explore their tools and techniques, their ways of looking, translating and notating, and their attitudes toward what makes a painting.

We will begin with discussions of the works of many of the great artists of the present and relatively recent past. Participants will look at and analyze their lessons and discover how to apply these lessons to their own artwork. Gage will share examples of his personal work to show how these masters have influenced his personal work through their critical eye, their  thoughts, and their hand.  In addition to making quick transcriptions of the works of these masters, we will do our best to absorb their insights into our own work. As Opdenbrouw points out, “How could you not be tempted to tread some of the road cleared through the thicket by the lions of the past?”

Artists covered:

Week 1:  Antonio Lopez Garcia
Week 2:  Andrew Wyeth
Week 3:  Vuillard
Week 4:  Bonnard
Week 5:  Porter (perhaps some hopper and bellows as well)
Week 6:  Seurat Drawings, Josef Sudek, and more:  the figure and the ground, the false division, the paper thin veil between inside and outside

Gage Opdenbrouw: 

“A deep thematic thread runs through all of my work, it’s a ‘vanitas’ sort of message, to take the time to be present, to notice the magic of noticing, the richness of what’s right in front of us. I think that there is something radical in making work that is intimate in scale and quiet in its content and its aims–it strikes me as a tonic, an antidote, for our times, which are increasingly dehumanized, and in which people are living lives that are increasingly disembodied, mediated by a screen, and constantly stimulated. My art is about connecting with this world, this moment, as it is, as deeply as possible.”

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