This workshop is full as of 12.21.18
Saturday, January 19
Instructor: Visiting Artist, University of Georgia Art Professor, and Athens Voices ’19 Juror Joseph Norman
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Looking for some inspiration? Feeling stagnant in your art? This workshop is just what you need. This workshop can take something you already do, a style you work in or a subject you are very familiar with and totally rejuvenate and refresh it. This workshop is perfect for professional artists, students, and all people who want to create. Get some perspective, get out of your comfort zone, be brave! Through a series of exercises, participants will be forced to really think about technique, and answer questions inside themselves such as “how does one process a thought?” The partially rendered, contoured, and changed images challenge the mindset of “what is complete” and will push you to be more abstract. Focusing on the properties of a line; light, dark, thick, thin, you can change the entire dynamics of the image you are working and really learn to build a page.
Pentimenti – From the Italian, it means ‘correction’. From the Latin, it means ‘pardon’, ‘to erase’, ‘to forgive’, ‘to repent’. Pentimenti is the underlying image in a drawing, painting, or original draft, that shows through as a result of manipulation to the top layer of a work of art.
Drawing is a process that reiterates the premise, “that the art of drawing is an inherent form of the human expression and a unique graphic experience”. Drawing is critical in today’s art aesthetic as it involves complex responses to and reassessments of established modernist and postmodernist theory and visual language traditions. This drawing workshop will explore a new approach to contemporary expressive drawing.
- The origins of pentimenti can be traced back to European antiquity
- It is prevalent in the works of Rembrandt, Ingres, Delacroix, Degas, Picasso/Matisse, Richard Diebenkorn, Cy Twombly, and Jim Dine
- Pentimenti can be expressed in both dry and wet materials, and also by combining both dry and wet materials simultaneously
- When using dry materials, pentimenti is usually achieved by wiping or erasing (using a method of addition/subtraction)
- It is possible to achieve mass and volume using the pentimenti technique, however, the use of the four properties of a line generally dominates this method
Workshop Space will have multiple art materials at the ready including:
- Large Sheets of wall mounted and gessoed paper
- Large pieces of paper for individuals to draw on
1.Erase or alter the drawing in some way. If it is a figure drawing, erase a portion of the figure to alter its position on the page until unity and balance are apparent. Be sure to erase just enough so that a ghost image remains of the previous image or a series of lines and marks on the page.
(You could use a wet medium to achieve this as well as thinned down acrylic, gesso or gouache. If using charcoal, you can use water or tea.)
- The key to pentimento/pentimenti is to keep adjusting the image until a dominant image appears and the artist achieves visual or spatial harmony.
The affect you want is a multi-layered complex image that shows the process of achieving a complete work of art.
3.Remember, one goal of this exercise is to shows the thought process of the artist.
- Constantly strive for perfection. Think-Rethink-Think Again… Be fearless….nothing is to precious in your drawing that it cannot be changed or altered.
- Keep moving the line quality and keep correcting the composition. Manipulate the materials across the surface of the page.