Gage Opdenbrouw - Exploring the Figure: From Gesture to Paint - The Quick Study (Online); Tuesdays, April 20-May 25, 2021

model fee included in the price of the class

Date: Tuesdays, April 20-May 25, 2021
Time: 10:00AM-2:30PM Pacific Time (1:00-5:30 PM Eastern Time) with half hour break 
Level: All (some experience with figurative work recommended)
Medium: Drawing, Oil/Acrylics

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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. 

Engage in ‘pandemic life drawing’ (drawing a live model via zoom) in this six-week course with acclaimed artist Gage Opdenbrouw. Beginning with quick drawings in simple media (pencil, charcoal, and ink wash) and working primarily with gestures, lessons will focus on responsiveness and crisp painterly decision making.  As the class progresses, we will gradually introduce longer poses, from 30-120 min each and begin painting, trying to hold onto the simplicity and immediacy of our gestural work while beginning to address the complexity of color. Emphasis will be on drawing, painting and, specifically, HOW we paint the complex with immediacy and hopefully some subtlety-  a tall order! This class is geared toward the experienced figurative artist and is non-academic (we will not cover anatomy, etc, though it may be addressed as needed). Cost includes model fees.

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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