Gage Opdenbrouw - Absorbing the Lessons of the Masters (Online); Wednesdays, January 20-February 24, 2021

Date: Wednesdays, January 20-February 24, 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 where you can share work, comment and ask questions. Once you’ve enrolled, you’ll receive instructions about how to access the class.

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.

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 to be announced.

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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