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PAINTING AND CONSCIOUSNESS: an online, hands-on course — Part One


The Painting Project Studio Online, Mountain Time

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January 5 - February 23 2021
Tuesdays, 2:00pm - 4:00pm




This 8-week course will consist of drawing and painting exercises that will function to explore the relationship between Painting and Consciousness. What is the underlying nature of the activity of painting? Can painting provide access to an understanding of our own deeper nature? Is there an aspect of a painting practice that contributes to an overall development of mindfulness?

The course exercises will be demonstrated by Jordan and participants will be encouraged to work alongside the demonstrations in order to experience them more fully and raise questions for the Q&A which will follow each facilitated exercise. A part of each weekly demonstration will be similar to a guided meditation, although through the medium and formal investigation of painting from observation. Familiar aspects of line, proportion and geometry, value, tonal relationships and edge quality will be explored in recognizable terms and then recontextualized through the lens of awareness.

In Part One, during the first four weeks we will be working in a more contemplative mode in both drawing and painting. The term “contemplative” here means, among other things, working with slowness and patience. The second four weeks, also in drawing and painting, will be more ecstatic in nature. The term “ecstatic” here refers to working in a more gestural, quicker and “heated” mode. Through both modalities, contemplative and ecstatic, the fundamental ground of awareness will be explored and brought to bear in our making.

Week One: What is Contemplative Drawing? How does it differ from “regular” drawing? We will explore the essential elements of seeing, marking, and knowing. Look at images of drawings of master painters in relation to these essential elements.

Week Two: Continuing the practice of Contemplative Drawing. Investigating the aspect of Awareness in drawing. Reviewing our own drawing as embodiments of our awareness.

Week Three: What is Contemplative Painting? An exploration in Observational Tonal Painting. Are there ways of painting that are more aligned with a mindfulness practice, and ways that are less aligned? What do I do if I find myself distracted, frustrated, or in judgment? Looking at images of paintings by master painters, such as Cezanne, in relation to Awareness. Reviewing our own drawings and paintings.

Week Four: Continuing the Exploration of Contemplative Painting. Exercises in a non-tonal painting structure: from observation, as well as non-representationally. Looking at images of paintings of master painters, such as Milton Resnick, in relation to Awareness in the context of non-tonal painting. Reviewing our own paintings.

Week Five: What is Ecstatic Drawing? Exploring ecstatic drawing while working from observation. Examining our experience of drawing and marking in the context of this modality. How are the elements of seeing, marking, and knowing, now different as we move from Contemplative Drawing to Ecstatic Drawing?

Week Six: Continuing an exploration of Ecstatic Drawing, now in non-representational terms. How are the terms of seeing, marking, and knowing, affected now as we work non-representationally? Looking at images of master painters. Reviewing our own drawings.

Week Seven: Exploring Ecstatic Painting while working from Observation. How does working with paint affect our experience of seeing, marking, and knowing? What is the role of the paint itself in this process? How does my understanding of the nature of paint affect my own role in the activity of painting? Looking at images of master painters such as de Kooning. Reviewing our own paintings.

Week Eight: Exploring Ecstatic Painting in non-observational terms, both from memory and non-representationally. Reviewing our own paintings. Summing up and thinking about next practices.

In Part Two, the formal aspect of composition will be emphasized. How does the act of strengthening and resolving a painting relate to the fundamental ground of awareness? What is the role of the rectangle? What does “wholeness” of the image mean, and how is it achieved? How does one make compositional decisions and carry them out? Each week of Part Two will explore, in a hands-on approach, different aspects of the creative discipline of composition through the perspective of awareness.

One of the goals of this course is the deepening and strengthening of each participant’s painting practice; expanding and enriching the meaning, experience, and expression of the act of painting.

A related goal of the course is the expansion and deepening of the wider, cultural meaning of the act of painting. What is the fundamental nature of painting and how might it serve in these times?

A Members Only Facebook Group will be provided for posting our work, for supportive community and creative sharing. Click HERE.

All sessions will be streamed and recorded in High Definition and archived and available for repeated viewing.

A Webinar Link will be sent out upon registration.

To register simply click on the “+” sign below.


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