Full course description
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Date(s): November 27 − 28 (Saturday - Sunday)
Course Number: #6160
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
An intense weekend course covering all the basic, and some not-so-basic acrylic techniques. The course begins with a demonstration of the Sta-Wet palette, a palette that remains wet indefinitely. Students are invited to work from the figure or to pursue various assignments that explore the possibilities of acrylic paints, mediums, gels and pastes. Samples of many acrylic products are available free of charge for the students to experiment with. Students will experience the possibilities of combining heavy impasto with transparent glazes and other techniques. Other techniques covered include paint handling, flooding, dripping, scratching back, and varnishing.
A color spot is a piece of color, large or small, that has been observed and abstracted from the appearance of nature and applied directly to the white canvas in discrete notes. Color spot painting is as direct a method as exists—you aim to hit the mark right at first, and not go back (or go back as little as possible) so as not to destroy the integrity of the network of spots.
This workshop will provide an intensive introduction to color spot painting, emphasizing the role of the viewfinder, the plumb line, the relationship between the object and its environment, and how to set up the initial key of the painting.
John Parks was educated at the Royal College of Art in London. He has exhibited widely over the last thirty years represented by a number of major galleries including Allan Stone and Coe Kerr galleries. He is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts in New York. Parks has also published many articles on art in publications ranging from the New York Times, to The Artists Magazine. His paintings are in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design and many private collections. His work is represented by 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel in New York. He is also the author of a book, “Universal Principles of Art,” published by Rockport Press in October 2014.
Artist Website: johnaparks.com