Conversations in Paint
Description: No matter where you are in your personal painting timeline, having a solid week to devote to your work allows you to focus and embrace changes as they happen. You will be encouraged to try ideas and techniques that will begin to develop your unique voice through process and experimentation. And hopefully you will be armed with enough new ideas to sustain the momentum once you return to your home studios.
Be prepared to make a lot of work. In the mornings there will be presentations, demos and simple exercises that will focus on different aspects of construction a strong painting. In the afternoons you will work will be of your own investigation. There will be plenty of time for discussion, one on one conversationYou may work abstractly or representationally.
Brief Bio: Ingrid Ellison is a painter and arts educator working in oil, mixed media and printmaking. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Ingrid’s earliest memories of Maine were floating aboard a little sloop amidst the fog and rocks of the coastline during family vacations. Since moving to Maine in 2007 Ingrid has exhibited at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Åarhus Gallery, the University of Maine Bangor, the Cynthia Winings Gallery and AVA Gallery and Center for the Arts.
Ingrid Ellison is a graduate of Skidmore College and earned her MFA from American University. As an undergraduate she spent a year studying printmaking at Il Bisonte in Florence, Italy. A consummate learner, Ingrid has participated in residencies and workshops notably at the Vermont Studio Center, Maine College of Art, and Castle Hill Center for the Arts. Ingrid has a passion for sharing what she does with a greater community and makes connections with students both school aged and adult.
Materials students should bring:
*Sketch book or journal
*a pad of heavy weight drawing paper suitable for wet and dry media-I like a water color block for this
*painting supports: you will be working on more than one piece at a time, so have between 3 and 12-you never know how much you will accomplish.
*paint-for our purposes water based is preferred for the quicker drying time, but as an oil painter myself, oils are fine too. Bring whatever colors you have but at a minimum you will need : black
white, ultramarine blue, pthalo blue, alizarin crimson, cadmium red light, cadmium yellow medium
You can truly make anything with just these colors, but certainly feel free to bring any other colors you have on hand or want. I know it is hard not to buy a beautiful tube of color when you see it.
*matte medium, palette paper, brushes- a variety of shapes and sizes, palette knife, rags or paper towels, plastic bucket for water
Bring if you want:
watercolor or gouache set, collage material or ephemera paint markers, oil pastels, dry pastels, any other materials you like to use, etc. I will have some of these on hand to share.
Bring a bag lunch or plan to run into town. Snacks and Teas will be provided-bring a mug.
Materials instructor will provide: handouts and see above in “bring what you want”