* All classes and workshops are open to people of all experience levels unless otherwise noted
Weekly Class Schedule
* All weekly classes are taught by Michael O’Keefe
- 6:00 – 9:00 pm | Figure Drawing
- 12:00 – 3:00 pm | Figure Drawing
- 9:15 – 12:00 pm | Open Class
Participants will work from live models, exploring various materials and techniques while developing an understanding of foundational drawing ideas. Participants will receive suggestions, critique and instruction. Figure Drawing classes are based on the notion that working observationally with the human figure is a great way for one to develop a comprehensive understanding of the language of drawing and is an exciting way for one to engage with ones creative impulses and artistic desires. All levels are welcome!
Participants will work in any medium, engage with any type of content, work in any scale and explore any and all ideas. Participants will receive suggestions, critique and instruction. Open classes are intended to allow students to pursue personal 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional interests while deepening their understanding of the general language of these forms. All levels are welcome!
Upcoming Workshops, Lectures, Programs
Visual Vocabulary Lecture Series, 2018-19
These lectures, given by Michael O’Keefe, will thoroughly explore various fundamental ideas of visual art.In each lecture, participants will view many examples of works of art that demonstrate a dynamic use of a particular art idea.Michael will discuss the nature of these concerns and how they are integrated into the compositions of the examples shown.Each topic will be considered as it relates to 2D and 3D art.The goal of these sessions is to help participants develop a more keen and complex understanding of essential art ideas.
$210 for all 6 paid in advance
Space is limited for these lectures.Payment in full guarantees your spot for these lectures.Last minute attendees are welcome on a space available basis. Call or email to purchase admission to one or multiple lectures, or to inquire about availability.
September 27th, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Consider the fact that space is a necessary part of all visual art.Explore the many ways in which space has been used in the visual arts and how this relates to our experience of life.
- October 25th, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Explore the many ways form is manifest in the visual arts.Consider the importance of form in the implied space of 2D images and the physical space of 3D works, and how from relates to our experience of our bodies and the natural world.
- November 29th, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Examine the basic and rich element of line. Consider the many ways in which line can be used to bring to life a work of art, and how line relates to our experience of movement and form.
- January 31st, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Explore the inevitable world of shape.Consider how shape affects our ability to “read” works of art.Explore the many ways shape exists in the visual anatomy of the human psyche.
- February 28th, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Examine the much overlooked idea of visual texture. Consider how visual texture relates to the act of seeing. Examine many ways artists have used texture to invigorate a work of art.
- March 28th, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Examine the many complex ways to think about color in relationship to the visual arts.Consider many examples of how color is used, so as to become more aware of the vast world of color in the arts.
Exploring Figurative Abstraction
instructor for the four workshops below:
Emily LaCour www.emilylacour.com
Figure/Ground; Dissolving and Determining Boundaries
In this workshop, we will determine, dissolve and define the boundaries between the mass of a figure and the space around it. We will work with a variety of materials and methods to tackle the delightfully puzzling concept of figure/ground relationships.
- September 29th, 2018, 12:00 – 4:00pm
- September 30th, 2018, 12:00 – 4:00pm
A non-refundable $110 deposit holds your spot for this workshop. Balance due September 1st, 2018.
The Figure As Architect; Building An Implied Space
In this workshop, the proportions, perspective, and placement of multiple figures in one composition will build the space of your drawing. We will draw the model in 5-7 different positions on one large surface, working at making a cohesive composition.
- November 17th, 2018, 12:00 – 4:00pm
- November 18th, 2018, 12:00 – 4:00pm
A non-refundable $110 deposit holds your spot for this workshop. Balance due October 15th, 2018.
The Ambiguous Gesture
In this workshop, participants will use past life drawings to create large scale drawings that contextualize the gesture of the figure(s). Participants will collage sketches to work out a gestural narrative drawing, before traveling the idea to a larger scale.
- January 26th, 2019, 12:00 – 4:00pm
- January 27th, 2019, 12:00 – 4:00pm
A non-refundable $110 deposit holds your spot for this workshop. Balance due January 1st, 2019.
Video Still Sequence
In this workshop, participants will become witnesses to their own physical gestures. Participant will use their phones or cameras to record a 3 minute video of themselves, then extract 3 stills from the video. The video stills inform us about the physical transition before and after the “action” of the primary image. Participants will take this source material to create one singular composition that transcribes the kinetic.
- March 23rd, 2019, 12:00 – 4:00pm
- March 24th, 2019, 12:00 – 4:00pm
A non-refundable $110 deposit holds your spot for this workshop. Balance due April 20th, 2019.