Mark Webber

Observational Painting and an Italian Historical Perspective 

June 16th – June 30, 2014

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This is a two-week session of observational painting dealing with a variety of subjects and a focus on landscape. The vast wealth of Italian art history serves as inspiration and backdrop. Two day-trips to Italian city art centers included.

Students at various levels of achievement welcome. The issues raised in the works are addressed, rather than following a prescribed approach, but the stress will always be on sorting through visual experience and contending with the dual challenges of depiction and composition.

Mornings with landscape, models and/or still life are followed by afternoons free for independent work – most likely centered around the celebrated Civita landscape. One-on-one critiques are also available in the afternoons by request.

Some concerns that we’ll pursue:

Basic Compositional Ideas – A priority in all of the arts are formal concerns. What makes up these varied issues? Beyond composition, what else contributes to Good Form?

Perception and Relationships – Through repeated exposure and practice, students will refine their understanding of the nature perception and the importance of seeing color relationships. This will involve a variety of approaches to color mixing and seeing.

Art Historical Perspective – What, if any, relationship does the art of the past have to contemporary student work? Through some exposure to particular masters, for example, Giotto, Sassetta, Piero, and of course Corot, perhaps new relationships can be forged.

Workshop meets Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday:

4-hour morning sessions each day.

Thursdays are free for bus excursions that will include, depending on the week, Piero della Francesca Tour of Arezzo, San Sepolcro & Urbino, Naples, Rome, Florence, or Bologna. Also included are evening slide talks by faculty.

Please email me with any further questions

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