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 morning of the workshop, 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 primary focus of the workshop. Among the skills we aim to develop are design, composition, methods for transferring images to paper and canvas, drawing, and paint application.
On the first day, to provide options for the portrait project, students should come equipped with a variety of photographs to use as references (they may also use photographs from the 1st morning live model unit as reference). The photographs should be head and shoulder shots of the subject, no smaller than 5” X 7”, and in good sharp focus. Also bring two photocopies – one color and one black & white – of each photograph to work on. Please note, for the primary reference, a photocopy is a poor substitute for a photograph so please ensure your primary reference image is a printed photograph or a digital image on an iPad. Also on the first day, a camera (cellphone or iPad is OK) and drawing equipment including a drawing board and a ruler will be required – see materials list.
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 earning a Bachelor of Fine Art degree (print-making) and a post-graduate Diploma in Art Education. On relocating to the US, 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 – June 2017; a three person show at Cross Contemporary Art, Saugerties – 2016; a solo show at the South Tipperary Arts Center, Clonmel 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.
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.
Suitable for all levels, no experience necessary! Ages 16+
March 14–15, 2020; Saturday–Sunday, 9 AM–4 PM
$260 (250 tuition + $10 model 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. 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.