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PAINTING AND CONSCIOUSNESS: an Online, Hands-on Course — Part Two


The Painting Project Studio Online, Mountain Time

Dates & Times

March 2 2021
2:00pm - 4:00pm




This LIVE Eight Week Course will consist of drawing and painting exercises exploring 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?

In Part Two, the aspect of COMPOSITION will be emphasized.  Part One is not a prerequisite for Part Two.

For all levels. Course limited to 20 participants.


Each week of Part Two will explore LIVE, in a hands-on approach, different aspects of the creative discipline of COMPOSITION through the perspective of AWARENESS.

  • How does the activity of strengthening and resolving a painting relate to the fundamental ground of awareness?
  • What is the essential role of the rectangle of the canvas?
  • What does “wholeness” of the image mean, and how is it achieved?
  • How does one make compositional decisions and carry them out?

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 LIVE Q&A which will accompany each facilitated exercise.

All of the participants’ work done during this course will be reviewed and commented on by Jordan.

Week 1: Discuss what strong composition entails. Look at examples from Old Masters through Modern painters. Examine the 2 main pictorially energetic types of composition, and the 3 main methods of achieving strong composition. Look at the relationship between strong composition, wholeness, and Consciousness. Re-framing the development of strong composition through the lens of Consciousness. Demonstrating the beginning of compositional decision making.
Week 2: Discuss the first crossroads in compositional decision making. ROUND 1 of looking at works submitted by course participants, either taken from Part One, or done separately on their own. Demonstrate possible compositional moves. Discuss the difference in composition between working representationally and non-objectively.
Week 3: What does it take, inwardly, to fine-tune a painting into wholeness? Learning how to receive and attend to a painting. What does it mean to wait? Discussing compositional decision making and mindfulness.
Week 4: ROUND 2 of looking at course participants’ work, submitted either from Part One or done separately. Demonstrate with my own work; making compositional decisions with unfinished paintings.
Week 5: Look at unfinished paintings by Cezanne from the perspective of Consciousness. What are the implications for us? Demonstrate beginning a composition through the lens of Cezanne.
Week 6: Take the unfinished piece from Session 5 and work it further. Relate the previous material from the course as we continue to develop the painting.
Week 7: Demonstrate how to look at, draw, and paint from Master paintings in relation to composition. What is the difference between copying a painting and analyzing a painting in terms of its composition? How does analyzing a masterpiece’s pictorial composition relate to Consciousness?
Week 8: ROUND 3 of looking at course participants’ work, submitted either from Part One, Part Two, or done separately. Wrapping up and Next Steps.

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 in HIGH DEFINITION, providing greatly increased visual acuity of the painted surface and demonstrations.

All sessions will be recorded, archived and available for repeated viewing.

A Webinar Link will be sent out upon registration.

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