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Stuart Shils - Perceptual Craft in the Life Painting Studio
April 12 - 15, 2018Medium: Drawing, PaintingLevel: Intermediate to Masters
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, artcritical.com, 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. StuartShils.com
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