Painting and Prose

Planting tulips in winter
Instructors: Ingrid Ellison
Date: Sat & Sun, April 6-7

Description:  What if there were more to say about an image that couldn’t be expressed through paint alone? What if there were a way to expand the viewers experience of your work through language or prose? I am not talking about an artists statement or manifesto. I am talking about arranging words using similar processes that we do as painters; rearranging text, collaging with words and paring these with our painted pieces.

In this two day workshop we will examine the connection between imagery and language. Participants will create a small suite of paintings either working abstractly or representationally depending on their preference. We will explore a variety of writing prompts and simple word exercises to help generate language based related to our visual observations.  Participants will each create a small portfolio suitable for housing the pairings of paint and prose.  No experience necessary.

Workshop:  200-

Supply Fee:  10-

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.


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