DATES: August 10 – 14, 2015
SKILL LEVEL: Open to all
CONCEPT: For painters and ceramic artists interested in decorating tiles and plates, this class encourages the development of a visual vocabulary of marks and imagery. Sources in nature as well as visual culture and art history serve as starting points. Participants are encouraged to experiment, moving between the improvisational and the planned, between abstract and descriptive imagery. The emphasis is on individual style and discovery.
MEDIA & TECHNIQUES: Students use pre-made bisque-fired white earthenware plates and tile blanks, cone 05 underglazes and low-fire glazes. Stenciled, pounced, drawn or loosely painted, or watercolor-style brushwork is utilized.
ACTIVITIES: Drawing inspiration and suggestions from PowerPoint presentations of painting details from international ceramic collections, we make test tiles of our own. Sketching, drawing and painting on paper, students work individually on projects and try things from a menu of suggested options. Holly provides one-on-one guidance and leads group brainstorming sessions.
FACULTY: Holly Hughes makes paintings, prints and ceramics with imagery drawn from nature and sources in the decorative arts. She paints tiles and plates in Mexico, France and Italy, enjoying talavera, faience and maiolica’s color palate and painterly history. She lives in New York and is currently a Professor of Painting and Drawing at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Tuition: $775 OR Tuition + Studio Support Donation: $975
Studio Fee: $95