Exploring Personal Narratives & Storytelling through Representational Painting – D0203-19

Date: Jun 10 - 14, 2019

Skill Level(s): III i

Instructor(s): Becky Suss

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


Using a personal object, piece of writing or photograph as a point of departure, this workshop explores different methods of storytelling through representational painting. Students identify the approach that fits best with their own personal narrative. Consider the text and potential subtext of a painted object, landscape, person, animal or interior. The majority of the workshop is spent on studio time along with several group discussions, critiques and individual meetings with faculty.

Media & Techniques:

Students may use any painting medium and surface that they prefer. Participants also make sketches for planning before and/or during the process of painting, and students may use any preferred sketching method/medium they like. A combination of observation and imagination is used as inspiration and the group also discusses objects and stories.


The majority of time is devoted to painting. Students also have one-on-one instruction, group discussions and critique, a slide show and screening of relevant work as well as several short reading assignments.


Becky Suss is a painter living and working in Philadelphia. She is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery and Fleisher Ollman Gallery. Recent exhibition venues include the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, Oakland University Art Gallery, The Fralin Museum of Art, and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.


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