Tim Tozer – Composing with Light, Space and Memory (Online); Thursdays, May 16-30, 2024

Date: Thursdays,  May 16-30, 2024
Time: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM Pacific Time, 1:30-3:30 PM Eastern Time, 6:30-8:30 PM London Time
Level: All
Medium: Oil, acrylic or pastels (Tim will demo in acrylics)

In this 3-week course, we will explore themes of place and memory by creating a painting from a variety of source materials, including photos, drawings and color studies. We will use painting’s unique ability to create parallel realities – worlds that reflect our own emotions and sensations, but also offer ineffable visual experiences that are entirely new; our approach will be both figurative and abstract, heightening our awareness of how shape and color transform what we know and feel into the language of painting.

We will focus on the initial phases of making a painting, from ideation to choosing the size and proportions of your canvas to discovering meaning as the work develops. Practical experiments with color and composition will aim to evoke atmosphere, create narrative and summon the specifics of time and place. Class discussions will explore your discoveries within the context of historical and contemporary artworks, both as inspiration and to connect our work to themes that are universal as well as personal. Using his figurative work as a point of departure, Tim will demonstrate and discuss his approach to;

Subject v subject matter; how do we choose what to paint and find meaning within our choices?

Creating, finding and borrowing visual source material.

Using thumbnail drawings to explore composition through theme and variation.

Making quick painted studies to establish palette, value range and visual hierarchy.

• The initial stages of building a painting, from ground color to compositional drawing to establishing color relationships.

Through the unpredictable progress of a painting, discovering the value of spontaneous, intuitive decision-making.

Homework will take the form of making and gathering visual source material, drawing compositional ideas and making a painting using all of these. We will look at and discuss your work during in-class critiques, and Tim will also give asynchronous feedback on your work after the last class is over.

This course will work best for artists using opaque color media, such as oil, acrylic or pastels. Tim will demonstrate using acrylics and various drawing materials.

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Born in 1969 in Portsmouth, UK, Tim Tozer attended the Winchester School of Art and the University of Ulster at Belfast, Northern Ireland. In 1994, Tim moved to the U.S. upon receiving the prestigious Andy Warhol Scholarship for study at the New York Academy of Art. After earning his MFA in painting, Tozer taught painting and drawing at Indiana University in Bloomington. He moved to Minneapolis in 2002 and taught art at both the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Normandale Community College. He currently teaches painting and drawing at the University of Wisconsin – Stout. In 2011, he completed a large commission for the lobby of Securian corporation in St. Paul. The paintings commemorate the company’s annual Winter Run marathon. An avid runner, Tim also participated in the race. Tim lives with his family in south Minneapolis.

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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