ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP:
This two-day workshop will focus on creating abstract compositions using both paper and paint. Come prepared to take an artistic journey in building abstract picture-making skills and developing senses of composition, color, line, space, shape texture, and value. Working with recycled, purchased, and hand-designed patterned papers, students will build on their unique artistic aesthetics with a philosophy toward seeking new discoveries. This workshop will focus on creative thinking and will help students approach collage-making with the eyes of an artmaker, rather than simply emphasizing technique. The goal is to strengthen students’ confidence in abstract artmaking. Day two of the workshop will explore the expressive potential of décollage, the process of removing or unglueing pieces from an original image—essentially the opposite of collage. Both décollage and collage processes are a means of exploring, discovering, and learning, ultimately affirming each student’s distinctive artistic approach. This workshop is not recommended for beginners. Students should have knowledge of Modern art and an understanding of the basic principles of art.
Group and individual critiques and discussions will focus on the fundamental components of making interesting abstract works as it applies to each student’s work. Both demos and visual lectures will take place frequently during class, providing students with examples.
Suitable for intermediate and advanced students! Ages 21+
Saturday & Sunday, August 26 and 27, 2023
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
RANSOME 2023 SCHEDULE
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*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. Additionally, please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, or scents of any kind. 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 twelve noon to one 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 INSTRUCTOR:
Ransome graduated from Pratt Institute and retired as a tenured professor from the School of Visual Performing Arts at Syracuse University to pursue a full-time studio art career. He received his MFA in Studio Arts from Lesley University. Ransome’s artwork centers on his African-American lineage, which is traced back to sharecroppers of the American South who emigrated to Northern cities along the East Coast during the Great Migration.
Ransome has exhibited in the Katonah Museum of Art, The Sigal Museum Easton, PA, The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) Museum of Art in Winston-Salem, NC and the Visual Art Center of New Jersey.
He was awarded the Hudson Valley Artist Purchase Award from the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art in New Paltz, New York. Group shows include exhibits at galleries in Los Angeles, Boston, Kingston, NY, New Haven, CT, Dallas and Tequesta, Fl.
“The View from Here” was his first solo exhibit which opened in 2020 at the historic Barrett Art Center. “Say It Loud” opened in 2022 at the Elaine Bailey Augustine Gallery at the University of North Alabama, AL.
He is currently at work on solo exhibitions for the Alpha Gallery in Boston Massachusetts opening this Fall and the Opalka Gallery at Sage college in Albany, NY in 2023.