Dimensional Image Making: painting in low relief – D1019-18

Date: Aug 06 - 10, 2018

Skill Level(s): III i

Instructor(s): Heather Leigh McPherson

Tuition: $1,090
Studio Fee: $75
Registration Fee: $45


Expand picture-making into three dimensions in this intensive week-long exploration of painting. This dynamic workshop pushes you to grow your material vocabulary and examine the possibilities of painting in low relief – swelling pictures away from the flat wall. Consulting art history as well as learning through experimentation, we examine the dynamics between the painted image, physical texture and sculpted form. While delving into our own painting projects, we ask how the corporeal psychology of texture and dimension can intersect with the visual psychology of color and image.

Media & Techniques:

Students work with and expand their visual language by augmenting it with a range of sculptural materials. Students may combine oil or acrylic paint with rubber, clay, textiles, wood, plastic and found objects.


This workshop combines readings, slide lectures and discussions about historical and contemporary painting with instructor-led and self- directed studio time. Prompts encourage you to discover new forms for your work to take; we process the results in individual and group critiques.


Heather Leigh McPherson works in painting, sculpture and animation. Recent national solo and group exhibitions include GRIN Providence, Actual Size L.A., Vox Populi Philadelphia and TSA Chicago. She is an associate professor of painting at Providence College, and received her M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design.


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