ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP:
“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way… things I had no words for.” – Georgia O’Keeffe
“Making art is an act of discovery. If you are dealing only with what you know, you may not be doing your job. When you discover something new, or surprise yourself, you are engaging in the process of discovery.” – Kit White
Transparency is perhaps the most enchanting method of conducting light and space, seen as playing a formative role in drawing and painting for centuries. Ponder the glory of emanating light by J. M. Turner or the opulent ink washes of Victor Hugo and the water reflections of Frits Thaulow. Present day artists continue their process of discovery in the portrayal of illusionary space with an expansive array of materials.
What is the illusion of transparency and how can artists arrive to disclosure and veiling at the same time? How does light pass through layers of pencil or paint or collage, reflect off the surface behind and gleam back to the viewer with that special luminescence? How can one space detect two independent types of forms in the same place? How can the qualities of a color determine perceived depth in space? What are the principles of repeating patterns to create the illusion of transparency?
How do shape and color exact the possibility of refraction? What is the relationship between opaque and transparent materials and the space they reside in? How can an artist depict three-dimensional space and then bring the viewers attention back to the work’s two dimensionality?
This workshop offers you a pragmatic and explicit study of the sumptuous quality that perplexes and intrigues artists and enthralls onlookers. I will assist each artist to build a Transparency Dictionary. Your dictionary will give you a vocabulary of means to create transparency in drawing, watercolor, ink, acrylic paint and oil paint. Your working surface, whether paper, canvas or Mylar performs a different function for the attainment of transparency. We will explore the physical evidence that each provides. Experimentation is conducted using abstract forms to understand the terms through which one arrives at transparency in form rather than to proceed by mirroring style.
You need not have prior experience. I cordially invite you to forge new ground that will add visible breadth to your repertoire.
Suitable for all levels, no experience necessary! Ages 19+
Saturday, February 3, 2024
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Lines Let Loose
Saturday, August 10, 2024
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
*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:
Meredith Rosiér creates drawings that reflect her examination of the interaction between exactitude and vagueness. So to sustain the apprehension of the picture plane and to slow the process of categorical recognition, she courts the dialogue of abstraction.
Rosier has studied drawing at Yale University School of Art, and was awarded a full scholarship for the Masters of Fine Arts Degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia. She was mentored by Jacob Landau until his death and by Irving Petlin of Paris, France. She was awarded residencies to The Winchester School of Art, Winchester, England; The Tangier American Legation Museum, Tangier, Morocco; The Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont and The Lacoste School of Art, Lacoste Vaucluse, France.
Her work is exhibited internationally and is represented by Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY.
Her drawings reside in museum collections such as the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Weatherspoon Art Museum (Dillard Collection of Art on Paper), Greensboro, North Carolina; Arkansas Museum of Art (Drawing Collection), Little Rock, Arkansas; Italian Consulate Collection, Italy; and The Tangier American Legation Museum, Tangier, Morocco. She is the Recipient of the Sally Jacobs/Phoebe Towbin Award, Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Woodstock, New York.
Her curatorial expertise continues to add to the cultural conversation regarding Abstraction as she creates exhibitions near and far. To further her championship of abstract drawing, Rosier founded The Drawing Galaxy Website in 2009. Comprised of over 40 artists, this endeavor is dedicated to those who delve into abstraction as a primary language.
Her work has garnered numerous awards and in 2015, she was presented with The National Association of Women Artists Genius Award. In 2019, she won The National Award for Cutting Edge Artwork, New York City, New York.