Summer 2019 // Paint, Nature, & the Subjective Experience

Summer 2019 // Paint, Nature, & the Subjective Experience


 5-Day workshop w/ William MacKendree  
July 08 – 12, 2019  
All Levels 

Looking to the Barbizon School, and the founding figures of Modern Art such as Van Gogh, Cezanne and Munch, we become aware of the interaction between Nature and the Subjective Consciousness in the painted image. Working in the presence of Nature and opening yourself to the direct stimulation and challenge presented by this process is a long, yet ever-renewable source of personal development and discovery. This path continues through the work of great American artists like Georgia O’Keefe, Charles Burchfield, Marsden Hartley, Jackson Pollock, and well beyond into the present.  

We’ll begin by drawing and paint sketching outdoors, developing a series of compositions and focus on résonant motifs extracted from the “plein-air” experience. Participants will be encouraged to evolve source sketches into structured paintings, retaining the essential quality of their initial impressions.  

The workshop fee includes workshop, lab fees, and dormitory lodging for six nights.  Students will arrive July 07, 8pm. Contact us for other lodging options.  Supply list provided upon registration. 

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About William MacKendree 

William MacKendree is an American-born painter who has worked and exhibited throughout Europe since the beginning of his career in 1987. MacKendree’s earliest works are marked by powerful linear configurations integrated into vast expanses of painterly surface. These works served as the germinating ground for the subsequent appearance of elemental sign-like forms and objects, and as a basis for the development of pictorial motifs from the urban environment and the natural world.  

Having worked extensively in varied settings since the 80’s (Paris, New York, Brest, Morocco and Greece), MacKendree’s work has been shown in over 40 European museums and galleries. He has been awarded the Prix de Peinture of the Salon International de Montrouge in 1985, and has received Artist Support Grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Gottlieb Foundation. He is represented in the collections of the Centre Pompidou, Neue Galerie der Stadt (Linz), Musée d’art Contemporain de Toulouse, the City of Paris, La Grande Arche de la Défense, and other public institutions.