Whether you are a beginning, intermediate, or advanced art practitioner, you will soon realize that creating images is transforming – not only for your materials but for you as well!
1. Creative Thinking and Transformative Techniques – Practice strategies for stimulating creative thinking and transforming subjects
2. Symbolic Transformation – Transform basic and/or distinctive symbols into unified images
3. Rituals, Games, and Performance as Transformation Processes – Explore generative processes as sources of developing imagery
4. Transforming with Myths and Metaphors – Investigate and express personal and/or universal myths and metaphors
5. Synthesis Of Your Visual Style
All experience levels welcome, including beginners. Ages 12+ (Ages 8-12 welcome when accompanied by an adult)
First 30 minutes of class:
On the first day, participants will introduce themselves and tell the group about what connects them to the class topic. Participants may have brought previous work, or will discuss their previous work. Adele and Deborah will introduce themselves and how we see our individual art practices relate to the topic of the class.
Subsequent days: Adele and Deborah will “check in” with each participant to make sure everyone is doing well and looking forward to the class. There will be time for questions and observations and sharing about the work of the previous day.
We will also show images and/or concepts, related to the class.
Second 30 minutes of class:
In each class, there will be a featured topic that either Adele or Deborah will discuss in more depth.
For example, for the “Symbolic Transformation” topic, Deborah will present on how symbols play a transformative role in her own art practice. There will be a specific exercise that will encourage students to create at least one symbol related to their own creative journey. Adele will present the notion of “transformation techniques” that can be applied to any artistic process and how these have been critical in the development of her work process.
Currently, we have 4 specific topics that relate to “transforming” (see above). The fifth session will allow participants time to synthesize what they have learned in the previous 4 sessions and to prepare to share their insights (if they want to) before leaving the Guild. Throughout each session, there will be time for questions.
Studio time, approximately 2 hours:
After the first hour, which focuses on information, demonstration and discussion, the remainder of the class is for participants to work on their projects. Adele and Deborah are available to clarify information and technique, and to assist and encourage. If a participant works quickly and needs a more challenging task, we will have more challenging projects for the advanced student. Our previous teaching experiences at the Guild prompt us to have a number of different resources and levels of projects for participants. We want each artist to learn, to create, and to feel challenged according to their ability.
Ending the session:
Every participant will know that their work area is available for them throughout their stay at the Guild and that they are welcome to return and continue working whenever they would like.
Participants wishing to create complex or ambitious projects should expect to spend additional time working outside of class.
Students working within the daily class schedule should expect to create series of short studies as they explore the daily transforming themes. They will be given time on the last day to develop any starts from the week or create a new piece based on the class focus. Students who desire to work outside of class time would have the possibility to develop the daily exercises more fully or devise personal projects.
While basic supplies will be provided, students are welcome to bring any favorite 2-D materials, a journal, or a sketchbook. For visual references students are invited to bring images/photos of enduring themes, small cherished objects
The Full Package covers tuition + materials, all meals (Sunday dinner through Saturday brunch) and lodging.
Full Package: $700-$1230
- Private Room – $1230
- Shared Double Room / Yurt – $915
- Library Dorm: $780
- RV Hookup: $750
- Guild Tent $735
- Own Tent: $700
Commuter Cost: $455
(Commuter Cost includes Sunday dinner, Monday through Friday lunches, and Saturday brunch.)
This class is part of the Grünewald Guild’s Summer 2020 Program: Forest Vision. Learn more about the Summer Program.
July 12 – 18, 2020
This is a non-refundable deposit.
The remaining balance must be paid in full upon arrival.
Date(s) - Jul 12, 2020 until Jul 18 2020