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  • Stuart Shils - Perceptual Craft in the Life Painting Studio

    April 12 - 15, 2018

    Medium:  Drawing, Painting
    Level:   Intermediate to Masters
    Tuition:  $875 | Lab Fee: $75 (includes model fee)

    This intensive workshop will focus on developing and fine-tuning perceptual sophistication, coaxing students toward a direct to response to the model and an understanding of that response in graphic form. “We will use the model to underscore the need for improvisational and perceptual unity within a moment of seeing, not as the source of anatomical study.” In addition, our days together will include a study of other masters:  “working with paintings from Giotto to Euglow we’ll remember that interpretation is very different from ‘copying’ and that composition is the engine behind pictorial strength.” Great emphasis will also be placed on drawing and, the class will be taught in acrylic paint. Many exercises will be introduced to encourage cultivation of visual memory, clear visual thinking and fun. Crayola crayons will be one of our tools of choice for drawing as well as graphite and litho crayon.

    Stuart Shils has painted outside or looking through windows for 30 years. Now he works in the studio, but with an eye tuned to the city’s many faces, often through the camera oriPhone lens. Over time his work has been presented in solo shows in NYC, Philadelphia, Tel Aviv, Boston, Scottsdale, Stuttgart, LA, Richmond, San Francisco and Cork (Ireland).

    Critical review and commentary has appeared in newspapers, journals and magazines, including: The Brooklyn Rail, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New York Sun, Ha'aretz, The Jerusalem Post,, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix, The Philadelphia Inquirer, TheIrish Times, Art in America, The New Republic, The New Criterion, Art New England, American Artist and The Hudson Review

    He was an annual visiting critic at the Vermont Studio Center for 13 years and also teaches painting and is a weekly critic at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA).  Beginning in 1994 he spent 13 summers working on the northwest coast of Ireland, an extended painting campaign described in the PBS film documentary, Ballycastle.

    He can always be found with a camera in one pocket and a pencil in the other and his photographs are presented in the recent publication, because I have no interest in those questions, with an essay by David Cohen. 



    Directions to the Clancy Building:  

    213 North Washington Street, Snow Hill, Maryland 21863

     Thursday, April 12 


     Travel to Snow Hill
     6:00 pm - Opening Wine Reception, Stuart Shils Lecture; Clancy Building Studio. 

     Friday, April 13

       8:30 am - 4:30(ish) pm - Workshop in Clancy Building Studio.

     Saturday, April 14


     9:00 am - 4:30(ish) pm - Workshop in Clancy Building Studio.

     Sunday, April 15


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

    Recommended Housing in Snow Hill
    The River House B&B
    The Chanceford House B&B
    The Mansion House B&B

    Housing in Nearby Berlin
    The Atlantic Hotel

    Lodging List - Near to Snow Hill





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    Registration and Payments:

    • Registration is made by making a 50% deposit through our on-line secure payment system. You may use any major credit card when checking out.
    • The balance is due by 6 weeks out from the workshop start date.
    • Registration is open until the workshop is filled, at which point we open a waitlist. Often students on the wait list are able to take the workshop due to unanticipated circumstances of another enrollee.
    • All workshops have caps for attendants. In order to reserve your spot, it is advisable to enroll as soon as possible.
    • We cannot run under-enrolled workshops. Therefore, if you are planning to book a flight, we recommend waiting until we make the final call on a workshop at 6 weeks out from the travel in date. However, as soon as the workshop meets minimum we will inform all participants.

    Refund Policies:

    • A full refund is made when 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 start date 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 within 4 weeks of the workshops will forfeit their payments, even if workshop was paid in full, but can transfer the payments made to another workshop during the calendar year, or transfer their deposit to a friend or family member for that 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 of an unforeseen medical issue.

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