Tim McCormack – East Meets West: Unveiling the Brushstrokes of Tradition and Influence (Online); Thursdays, July 11-August 1, 2024

Date: Thursdays, July 11-August 1 2024
Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Pacific Time, 1:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time, 6:30-8:00 PM UK Time
Level: All
Medium: Ink & watercolor

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East Meets West: Unveiling the Brushstrokes of Tradition and Influence is a deep dive into Asian and Japanese brush painting. Participants will delve into the serene and intricate practices that have shaped this art form, from the historical techniques of masters like Hokusai, Kuniyoshi, and Hakuin Ekaku to their influence on Western icons such as Rembrandt and Van Gogh. This course provides a unique opportunity to explore the cross-cultural inspirations and exchanges that have bridged East and West, highlighting the simplicity, depth, and beauty of brush painting.

Participants will learn brush, ink and watercolour techniques through hands-on exercises. They’ll explore styles from dynamic Ukiyo-e strokes to tranquil Zen paintings. The course isn’t just about learning skills; it’s also about understanding the culture and philosophy behind Asian brush painting.

As students progress, they’ll appreciate the art of Asian and Japanese brush painting and its influence on Western art. They’ll develop technical skills and a broader cultural perspective, and be encouraged to incorporate traditional Eastern techniques into their own art.

The course is open to everyone, from beginners to experienced artists. No prior experience is needed, just a willingness to learn, explore, and be inspired by the blend of Eastern and Western art traditions.

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Tim McCormack is an accomplished artist with thirty years of teaching experience to college students and adult learners. He was the Lead Instructor in the Figure Drawing Stream in the highly respected Bachelor of Animation Program at Sheridan College for ten years. He has taught portrait and landscape painting, as well as drawing for absolute beginners and background painting for animation. Tim creates landscape, portraiture and figurative art and is inspired by many drawing materials that he finds in and outside art supply stores. A graduate of OCAD, he has had several solo shows of watercolours, oils and pastels. His work is found in private collections.

About Our Online Classes:

  • This class is taught live via Zoom. 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 have access to a private class message board on our website where you can share work, comment and ask questions. (Exact use of the message board, critique of student work and general class format is at the discretion of the instructor, please check course description for details.)
  • Class will be recorded and recordings expire 60 days after the final day of the course.
  • Participants 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). Zoom link will also be posted in the class message board. Check your confirmation email for a message board link or visit your Online Classrooms to find your active classes.

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