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Paint and Landscape: Material as Narrative


  • Ox-Bow 3435 Rupprecht Way Saugatuck, MI, 49453 (map)

PAINTING 624 001, 1 week, 1 credit hour

This multilevel painting course will investigate painting as a form of language, where color, surface, and marks are considered as indicative of narrative. Students will consider questions such as: how do light, space, and color suggest narrative? How do surface and mark making direct the reading of a painting, and how can meaning morph based on context? Using direct observation of the landscape as a jumping off point, students will be encouraged to work from other sources, such as memory and photographs. We will also examine painting in both contemporary and historical contexts. Oil paint will be supported, with demonstrations on techniques and material properties of oil. However, other media such as watercolor, gouache, and acrylic will also be supported for multi-level students.


West Rock with Branches, wood, wire, epoxy, archival print on canvas, acrylic paint, gel mediums, sand, glue, hardware, 2012, Commission for: New Britain Museum of American Art

West Rock with Branches, wood, wire, epoxy, archival print on canvas, acrylic paint, gel mediums, sand, glue, hardware, 2012, Commission for: New Britain Museum of American Art

Valerie Hegarty is a visual artist based in Brooklyn who creates paintings, sculptures, and installations that often address themes of memory, place and history. Hegarty’s solo exhibitions include Nicelle Beauchene, NY; Marlborough Gallery Chelsea; Locust Projects, Miami; Museum 52, London; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago; and Guild & Greyshkul, NY, among others including a commission for a public sculpture on New York’s High Line and her more recent show of site-specific installations in The Brooklyn Museum’s period rooms. Hegarty has been awarded numerous grants through foundations such as the Pollock Krasner Foundation, The New York Foundation for the Arts, the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, the Tiffany Foundation, and Campari NY. Residencies include LMCC, Marie Walsh Sharpe, PS 122, MacDowell, Yaddo and Smack Mellon. Hegarty received an MFA from SAIC, a BFA from San Francisco’s Academy of Art College and a BA from Middlebury College, VT.

Earlier Event: July 30
Metal Casting for Sculpture
Later Event: August 13
Written On/In The Print