with Dawn Stafford
June 18-21, 10am-12:30pm
$180, all paints included
In this drawing and painting workshop students will use flowers as their subjects. To draw or paint a flower is to participate intimately in its complexity. Each one is a very small sculpture with delicate geometry and hidden spaces. When successful, the painting itself will transcend the flower and hum with its own logic and illusionary journey. That is the quest. Referencing the history, symbolism, and techniques of this classical oil painting genre we will practice building composition, value structure, and color through drawing and painting techniques. All skill levels welcome. A pre-selected palette of pure-pigment oil paints is included in the price of the class. An additional short list of supplies will be provided.
Dawn Stafford is a full-time artist who lives and paints in West Michigan. In 2005 she opened the Peachbelt Studio, her private painting studio and seasonal gallery (www.peachbeltstudio.com) located in an iconic little red one-room schoolhouse (circa 1867) in Fennville, MI. Her compositions are an extension of her connection with rural environments and her personal family history. Originally from New York, she received her BFA from Swain School of Design in Massachusetts before moving to Michigan in 1992.