ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP:
Join Instructors Keith Gunderson and Anthony Kirk for a colloboration in drawing and printmaking. This two day workshop will prepare students from starting the figure in drawing to completing the monotypes of the figure.
Keith kicks off the workshop on the first day with helping students develop techniques of visualization. Keith provides guidance and intentions as a stimulus for creative development. Figure drawing is the act of imbuing a surface with figurative symbiology and then transferring this data into the mind of the beholder. Artistic anatomy is the common language that facilitates this dialogue. Despite the importance of drawing what we see, it is the application of what we know that breathes life into the figure.
Anthony Kirk leads the second day as students take their works from day one and use them as a source for creating monotypes. Students will use the various methods that both Degas and Matisse used. Drawings can be placed underneath the Plexiglas and then drawn over with water soluble crayons or printing ink, or even both. This method of applying ink to a plate to create a monotype is referred to as the additive method. The ink image on the plate is created by adding brush marks of ink. Another method used by the aforementioned artists is the dark method whereby back ink is rolled over the Plexiglas plate and the figure drawing is scratched out of the darkness with the pointed end of a brush, Q-tips and rags. In this method any source drawings are not placed beneath the Plexiglas because they can’t be seen because of the dense black ink. However they can be placed adjacent to the inked plate. Many of Matisse’s figure etchings and lithographs employed the chine colle technique where the inked image is printed on to Japanese paper which is simultaneously glued to the larger sheet of paper. A third method of printing monotypes from the figure is the ink transfer method usedby Gaugin and Paul Klee. Participants roll a thin layer of ink on to glass or Plexiglas and then place their drawing paper on top of the ink. Then the figure is drawn on the paper with pencils.The artist, in varying the pressure exerted by the hand, transfers the ink to the paper leaving delicate or stronger lines depending on the pressure imparted.
Day 1: Keith Gunderson leads students into drawing the figure with a live model. Class will feature a presentation, warm ups, and transitioning to work directly on a printmaking plate. Anthony Kirk will give some introduction to some of the materials used to prepare your plates.
Day 2: Anthony Kirk leads students in the graphic shop as printing begins. Class will feature a presentation, additional creation of the figure on plates and printing.
Suitable for all levels; no experience necessary! Ages 18+
Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9, 2024
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
$282 ($262 tuition + $10 model fee + $10 lab fee)
In an effort to maintain our non-toxic environment, the Woodstock School of Art does not permit the use of turpentine or mineral spirits in the painting studios. Learn more.
Those with special needs and/or requests may email the registrar.
Please note that for workshops lasting all day there is a one-hour break from 12 to 1 PM. Students are invited to bring lunch and eat at the school or may go to any of the local dining establishments. The school does not provide lunch or refreshments.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS:
Keith Gunderson is an artist whose work focuses on the depiction of the landscape and the figurative inhabitants therein, as expressed through the immediate process of plein air. His drawings of the figure are executed in the same spontaneous approach of the moment, emphasizing the rhythmic and the vibration of color. Keith attended the Art Students League of New York, the National Academy of Art as well as the New York Academy of Art, Art Center College-Pasadena, and Studio Four in Chicago. He has studied with such notable instructors as Frank Mason, David Leffel, George Sotos, Harry Carmean, and Gustav Rehberger. Keith’s work has been featured in international publications and media.
Anthony Kirk, a master printer and artist, has for several years collaborated with Wolf Kahn in the printing of his monotypes using textured plates, water-based Akua inks and Caran d’Ache water- soluble crayons. Additionally, he has worked with Sigmund Abeles, Mary Frank, Helen Frankenthaler, Elizabeth Gourlay, Robert Kipniss, Joan Mitchell, James Rosenquist, Kiki Smith, Frank Stella, and Donald Sultan. Mr. Kirk has taught at The Hotchkiss School, Boston University, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Hartford Art School, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, and many others. His work is in the collections of the British Council, Oxford University, Barclay’s Bank, Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Museum of Arts and Science, Columbia, SC; and the Library of Congress.