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  • Nancy Gruskin - Painting the Figure: Observation, Abstraction & Invention

    April 26 - 29, 2018

    Medium:  Drawing, Painting
    Level:   ALL LEVELS
    Tuition:  $575  | Lab Fee: $75 (includes model fee)

    Somewhere between strict representation and pure abstraction there is a sweet spot—an approach to figure painting that conveys both the humanity of the sitter and the individual voice of the painter.  This three-day workshop will explore avenues leading to this spot.  Painting and collage exercises will focus on simplifying and distilling the human form in its everyday environment.  We will work from a live model, but also from personal photographs, fashion photography, and reproductions of notable paintings.  Slide show presentations of the figurative work of historic and contemporary artists will provide inspiration.  This workshop is open to all levels working in all media; however, some prior experience with figurative painting is helpful.

    Nancy Gruskin lives and works in Concord, MA.  She holds B.A. in Art History and Studio Art from Connecticut College and a Ph.D. in Art History from Boston University, where she was the recipient of the Angela J. and James J. Rallis Memorial Scholarship.  After teaching art and architectural history at Harvard University, Tufts University and Connecticut College, she now devotes herself to painting full-time.  Her work is in private collections in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, and has been exhibited in numerous galleries, including Galatea Fine Art in Boston and Prince Street Gallery in New York City.  She teaches painting at the Concord Center for the Visual Arts.

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     Thursday, April 26 


    Travel to Snow Hill
    5:00 pm - Opening Wine Reception; Clancy Building Studio
    5:30 pm - Nancy Gruskin Slide Presentation
    6:30 pm - Dinner option: Harvest Moon - easy walk from studio
     Friday, April 27 - 
    Saturday, April 28


    9:30 - 5:00 pm - Workshop in Studio 
    Lunch break at 12:30 pm
    (box lunches available by order at the"Daily Brew" below the studio)
    Dinner Options will be discussed for each night
     Sunday, April 29  

     9:30 - 3:00 pm - Workshop, lunch, wrap up session
                3:00 pm - clean up, pack up, depart


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    • A full refund is made when a student registers for a workshop that is canceled or already full at the time of registration.
    • An email or letter cancellation is required for withdrawals. Students who withdraw 6 weeks prior to the workshop receive a refund of the workshop deposit less a 25% cancellation & processing fee. 
    • If a cancellation is made later than 6 weeks prior to the workshop, the deposit is forfeited, but a credit for the amount may be applied to another workshop that same calendar year. You may also transfer your deposit to a friend or family member for that same calendar year or make a tax deductible donation  to Cullowhee Mountain ARTS. 
    • Students who withdraw after 6 weeks prior of the workshops, even if workshop was paid in full, receive  no refund  but can transfer to another workshop during the calendar year or  transfer their deposit to a friend or family member for the same calendar year or make a  tax deductible donation  to Cullowhee Mountain ARTS.  
      We strongly recommend purchasing trip cancellation insurance from your travel agent in the event an unforeseen medical emergency.

    Thank you for your registration! 

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      Gruskin Workshop & Lab fee - Total Amount $650
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