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  • James Edward Scherbarth - Process, Purpose, Passion: an introduction to abstract painting with Oil and Cold Wax Medium

    June 18 - 23, 2017

    Medium: Painting 
    Level:  All Levels
    Tuition:  $650 | Lab Fee: $75

    This 5-day workshop, taught by Jim Scherbarth, will introduce artists to abstract painting using the process of layering and mark-making, developed by Rebecca Crowell. Using cold wax medium, tube oils, pigment sticks, powdered pigments and a variety of implements – students will explore ways to create rich textures, resonant color fields and personal mark making. Utilizing various tools and techniques we will “push the limits” of our mediums and welcome the surprises along the way. Jim will also address concepts of form and content, deliberate and accidental mark making, starting points, titling of work, working in series all within the discussion of process/purpose/passion. During these full five days expect demonstrations covering technique, group discussions and presentations. Scherbarth will help students to examine the "why" of abstract painting while students explore their persona creativity and identify their purpose and passion.
    Printed resources will be provided to raise awareness & appreciation for the content of good abstract art. Endorsed by Rebecca Crowell, this workshop will provide students a foundational understanding in these unique techniques that she has developed in the use of Cold Wax medium. 
    Jim is former student who is now a long-time friend and associate of Rebecca Crowell’s.

    James Edward Scherbarth is an award-winning artist, best known for his use of color, line and texture in creating contemporary abstract oil & cold wax paintings.  Nature, his Irish-German ancestry and an ever-evolving spirituality influence his work.   border: 1pt none windowtext; padding: 0in; Jim’s life perspective has been shaped by growing up in Minneapolis, Chicago, Atlanta and Detroit areas, a US Army tour of duty in Vietnam, being the eldest of seven and through continuous learning, traveling and sharing.  His creative intuitive process involves; constructing & deconstructing, collecting, blending, erasing, blurring, marking and clarifying. Jim has served on the Board of Directors for the Burnsville Visual Arts Society and Veterans in the Arts (St Paul). Scherbarth has a robust exhibition record and maintains a working/teaching studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota.          

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    • If a cancellation is made after April 30, 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. (There are some workshops that may have earlier cut off dates due to demand - this will be noted in your confirmation email.
    • Students who withdraw after May 1 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 that same calendar year or make a   tax deductible donation   to Cullowhee Mountain ARTS.   
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    Resident Price (On-campus housing/meals): Tuition & lab fee - $725 plus  Housing and Meal Plan

    Commuter Price (staying off-campus): Tuition, lab fee & meals: (opening reception, 2 dinners,  5 lunches) - $860

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