Historical Painting with Mary Josephson
Living History: Recording Events in Paint
Instructor: Mary Josephson
Week2: August 7-13, 2022
Recognizing Important Current Events to Construct Modern Historical Paintings
The events we will later realize are important to our culture, history and civilization are not in history books, they are happening now all around us, every day. When I approach a new body of work, I think about what resonates, is ‘of the moment’ in the world and begin to visualize how I would paint these events, thoughts and feelings. Our class will begin with a focus on what is happening in the world, international, national and local events. We will discuss how we might translate current events into meaningful contemporary historical painting that reflect the struggles and triumphs of our time.
Examples of what might be considered: the contemporary hero and heroine, the effects of global warming, the pandemic, scientific discovery, space travel, architecture, the homeless crisis, athletic events, animal husbandry, agriculture, revelations in nutrition and fitness… the possibilities reflect how we view the world, from the simple: a new variety of apple to the complex- global warming, adding weight and rich narrative to our work.
All artists are welcome regardless of prior experience, a positive attitude and willingness to explore creatively is required.
Class Material Fee $20
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"When I began painting images of people as a teenager I quickly realized photo realistic paintings while an exact likeness, sometimes lacked the character or spirit of the individual, those traits that signal our humanity. Throughout my life and work as an artist making connections between people, our common humanity; how alike we truly are, has been my credo. Our stories woven together: love of family, the earth and what grows and roams, of music and good humor, making invisible traits read on the face like a road map of life. Places where we must reach for and find those elements within our selves that make us human.
I paint community, a world including people of every color, from all walks of life, in each stage of life’s journey. Including people whose color or age or gender or economic situation may render them invisible, people caught in the heroics of everyday life, the commonplace events that add depth and color to our lives and shape our days."
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