ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP
In this class students have the opportunity to work and be mentored on portraits of friends and family members using photographs as reference. In the first class we will employ a live model to explore what constitutes good photographic reference for drawing and painting, and to make studies of the structure of the head in three dimensions as preparation for the following day. Among the skills we aim to develop are design, composition, methods for transferring images to paper and canvas, drawing, and paint application.
Suitable for all levels; no experience necessary! Ages 16+
Claire Lambe is a multidisciplinary artist with an emphasis on portraiture, and an art writer and educator. Born in southern Ireland, she began her formal art education at age 17 at the Crawford School of Art in the Irish city of Cork. She transferred to Ireland’s premiere art school, the National College of Art and Design (NCAD), in Dublin on a full scholarship earning a Bachelor of Fine Art degree (print-making) and a post-graduate Diploma in Art Education. Later she earned a Master of Fine Art (painting) from the City University of New York at Brooklyn College.
Claire has exhibited widely on both sides of the Atlantic including in Ireland’s National Portrait Exhibitions. Recent exhibitions include a two person show in Berlin, Germany, at the Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study) – June 2017; a three person show at Cross Contemporary Art, Saugerties – 2016; a solo show at the South Tipperary Arts Center in Ireland – 2015. Also in 2015, Claire was Artist-in-Residence at the Woodstock Public Library where she painted portraits of volunteer subjects from the community. Since 2012, Claire has been selected by Jurors to exhibit at WAAM, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz, and at the Muroff-Kotler Gallery, SUNY Ulster.
Claire and her husband, author and CUNY professor Carey Harrison, are based in the legendary arts colony town of Woodstock in upstate New York. In addition to her art practice and teaching at the Woodstock School of Art, Claire writes commentary in the art section of Roll, an on-line arts magazine serving the Hudson Valley.
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.
$270 (250 tuition + $20 model fee)
April 9–10, 2019, Tuesday–Wednesday, 9 AM–4 PM
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.