From Sources to Masterpieces: Transforming Inspiration into Art with Benjamin Duke
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    Lower Carnegie Studio
    Daily, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
    Age Range

    16 - no maximum age

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    $395.00 (become a member)

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    Have you ever been awestruck by the works of Raphael, Michelangelo, Hieronymus Bosch, Caravaggio, Artemisia Gentileschi, Rembrandt, or Vermeer? How about Max Beckman, Edwin Dickenson, Stanley Spencer, Kara Walker, Julie Mehretu, or Kerry James Marshall? These artists, spanning centuries, have created their unique worlds by drawing inspiration from diverse sources. Their final paintings resulted from a process of image development that I think of as a search for the “Visual Idea.”  In this workshop, we will go on a journey in search of visual ideas.
    Envisioned for artists at all stages of artistic development working in any medium, we will concentrate on enhancing our artistic inspiration, focusing on developing our source material to either express a visual idea or to discover one. Participants will gather from various sources such as renowned art pieces, live models, photographs, and collages to create standalone works, or as preparation for future paintings. The primary objective is to improve image creation by incorporating multiple inspirations and combining them to create a cohesive final image that conveys a clear message. The aim is to discover captivating visual metaphors through a process that integrates form, content, idea, and technique. The workshop will commence with abstract composition, followed by the addition of figures, and culminate with collage elements.
    This three-day workshop will start with a discussion of the Visual Ideas in masterworks and the utility of master studies. On day two we will draw from the live model, focusing on quick gesture poses as a way to build on and respond to our master studies.  On the final day, we will bring together the drawings from days one and two with a mixed media approach that includes photo sources, and collage to create our narrative images and worlds. We will move from dry media such as drawing into wet media like Gouache and Acrylic paint.  We will explore and transform our images, looking for how the under-laying structure creates a kind of stage-set or scaffolding for the image to develop. The power of a visual work is found not just in the stories that it evokes but in the visual hierarchies of line, shape, space, plane, value, texture, and color.  Our approach offers the chance to play with possibility, to loosen the grip of any single source, and allow for our discovered/invented images to be even more dynamic, dramatic, and visually striking as a result.  


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    This course is best for students with some drawing or painting experience, but all skill levels are welcome.

    Supplies provided
    Art Area
    Visual Arts
    Mixed Media

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    Cancellation Policy for Petoskey Classes (In-Person)

    Student Withdrawal
    Requests for cancellation by the student at least seven (7) days prior to the first day of class will be honored (minus a $20 processing fee).  NO REFUNDS will be given for a student cancellation made less than seven (7) days in advance of the first day of the class.

    Class Cancellations (Weather)
    When Public Schools of Petoskey are closed due to inclement weather, CTAC-Petoskey classes are cancelled. We will do our best to provide a make-up opportunity for the missed class. Refunds will not be given if the student is unable to attend the rescheduled session of class. Workshops and one-time classes will be handled on a per-class basis. School of Ballet students are asked to make up the missed class in an alternate session approved by their instructor.

    Student Absence
    We are unable to offer refunds or make-up sessions for classes missed due to student absence.

    Minimum Enrollment
    Crooked Tree Arts Center reserves the right to cancel any class that does not meet its minimum student enrollment prior to the first class session. If a class is cancelled by CTAC for lack of enrollment, CTAC will offer a full refund to the student in the manner in which tuition was paid. (Cash payments will be refunded by check.)