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Reframing the Ordinary with Stuart Shils: Locating Yourself Graphically Wherever You Are (ONLINE) DR 612ES_ON

with Stuart Shils


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Drawing is the fundamental thought-engine behind all visual thinking and about much more than getting the nose right or making sure that the railroad tracks recede in proper perspective – rather, it is learning and re-learning how to pay attention visually. This class will focus on observation of what is in front of us and will offer a bridge to apply these tools to many stages of studio life.

Join artist and teacher Stuart Shils for this recalibrated version of his annual outdoor drawing class -- taking it now from the streets of Philadelphia to reframe the ordinary within your own home.  Begin each day with a slide talk exploring ways of looking out into the ordinary visual world to construct a coherent and particular response. Move through a variety of guided, interactive drawing exercises to analyze how you are seeing what you see, acquiring tools to locate yourself visually in any setting  and to understand the drawing surface as a dynamic visual playing field. Instruction will be with graphite and simple collage supplemented by guided conversational time with Stuart, enabling participants to discuss and digest the course content, individually and as a group.  

Includes a 30-minute private, post-workshop conversation with each participant at a time that works for them.

Materials needed:  pencil & eraser

Please download the  CE Policy Guide for important course and program information.

This workshop will take place live via Zoom, the free videoconferencing website.  You will only need a computer with internet connection to participate, as well as a means of photographing your work to upload -- a cell phone camera will suffice.  See technical requirements below.

You will receive email instructions for accessing Zoom videoconferencing sessions in advance of the workshop.  Please be sure to check your email junk/spam folder.  We ask that you please take advantage of the Zoom tutorial before the course begins.  Basic training sessions for Zoom will be made available at the start of the course as well.

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  • Jul 10 - 12th, 2020
    Sun, Fri, and Sat from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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