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PAINTING & SPIRIT: A One-Day Workshop


The Painting Project Studio Online, Mountain Time

Date & Time

May 4 - May 4 2023
Thursday, 9:00am - 5:00pm




The act and practice of painting is a transformative experience. 

A painting is not simply a picture. A painting is a weaving of energy.

If you’ve been feeling the urge to paint — or perhaps you’ve been painting for some years but haven’t yet found your own personal, authentic way — this one-day workshop is structured to bring you into a deeper and more empowered engagement.

Not only can we learn how to dig deeply into our painting and end up making stronger work, but the activity of painting itself can lead to a profound understanding of our essential self and our relationship to the wider world.

While full of formal hands-on exercises, this offering emphasizes the relationship and interaction between the painter’s inner life and the development of the painting. In addition to the process-oriented and expressive aspects of the workshop, an essential aspect of the day focuses on how to formally arrive at an aesthetically strong painting – what that means, how to attain it, and how that is connected to our felt life.

We’ll be concerned with both the process — outer and inner — as well as the finished work as an object in the world, and how this deepening process leads to stronger, more powerful painting.

By providing an integrated process that includes your inner life together with specific formal ways of working, your painting process becomes inherently authentic and personally meaningful.



The Workshop Schedule:


Introduction: A Brief Recontextualization of Painting. A PowerPoint presentation looking at the history and prehistory of handmade images, expanding our understanding of painting beyond the current art world context into a larger sense of human purpose and engagement.


Session 1: Painting as Inner Engagement. We are exploring drawing exercises as mindfulness practices: How can mark-making bring us fully into the present moment? Online demonstrations with participants encouraged to work alongside. There will be ongoing Q&A and time to share our work.


    • Exercise 1: Blind Contour Drawing
    • Exercise 2: Cross Contour and Tactile Projection
    • Exercise 3: Marking as Notation of Seeing
    • Exercise 4: Measuring Proportion and Geometry as a Mindfulness Practice


Session 2: Painting as Creative Empowerment.   Often emotions like anxiety, frustration or self-doubt keep us from our painting.  How can we reorient our relationship with difficult emotions in a way that empowers our work? We will explore emotional energy as a catalyst for marking and making.


    • Exercise 1: Marking with Anxiety/Doubt
    • Exercise 2: Marking with Frustration/Anger
    • What next?


Session 3: Composition as an Awareness Practice. A PowerPoint presentation looking at Composition as an Improvisational and Creative Discipline. Followed by a Live Demonstration and discussion of these topics:


    • Being Sensitive to the Entire Rectangle – The Secret of Peripheral Vision
    • Compositional Basics – Visual Wholeness and Getting Un-Stuck
    • How to Receive the Painting
    • Studio Logistics – Good Light, a Neutral Wall, and Stepping-back Space
    • Intuition and the Meaning of Waiting


Conclusion and Next Steps. Painting is a deeply solo creative activity. It is also a powerful vehicle for human interconnection and sharing.


    • Setting up Your Painting Practice
    • Painting as an Energetic Weave
    • The Power and Importance of Presence



Course Includes:

  • 5 Live Zoom Sessions
  • Thorough Step-by-Step Demonstrations of the Exercises with Live Ongoing Q&A
  • 3 Continuous Camera Views for Close-ups of the Mark-making and Paint Handling
  • Recordings of All the Zoom Sessions Available for Repeated Viewing


Student Testimonials:

“Jordan’s teaching is a very heartfelt style of allowing me a way of looking deeper, digging into the unknown to find something richer, more joyful, and more meaningful in the question of why I continue to paint. I came away with many pearls to think over and revisit about my experience. One is feeling into the seeing.” – Michelle Jerome

“I was seeking a deeper understanding of what it means to paint, as well as guidance on how to find my personal ‘voice’ and strengthen my studio practice.  I could not have found a better teacher for this stage of my development.  Jordan’s classes have taught me the importance of deep engagement with my subject and how to achieve that engagement.  He has shown me how to become aware of and deploy the specific energies and impulses I bring to the studio each day, how to assess my work at each step toward completion, and how to approach my work with exploratory rigor that does not lapse into counterproductive laboriousness.  Jordan’s discussions are full of insight; his demos are outstanding; his critiques are honest, constructive and extremely helpful in sorting out a painting.  All of this has brought greater clarity, confidence and joy to my painting practice.” – Leslie Blackmon


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