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DRIVING IN THE KEY OF PLAY

WITHOUT KNOWING YOUR DESTINATION

w/ STUART SHILS


a three-day zoom painting seminar devoted to exploring uncertainty, driving off road and pursuing an ‘outside the box’ visual imagination May 5,6,7, 2023 with an evening lecture on Thursday, May 4th.





A few questions:

Are you comfortable with making an incredible mess and seeing that as a blessing? Can you drive visually without a map? Are you afraid of making ‘mistakes’ and instead play it safe by reinforcing your branded identity? Do all your paintings look the same? Can you step outside of who you are supposed to be? At a difficult intersection, can you easily mobilize visceral instinct and improvise the path forward? Do you solve problems in the studio by returning to recipes you learned from someone else? These three days are oriented toward nurturing illumination by recognizing that working outside your comfort zone is THE doorway to all possibility. Our guided time together will offer 3 days of curated, imaginative visual play, encouraging you to swim more confidently in the tide of uncertainty. (previous attendance not required but it would help to have taken Reframing the Ordinary, but not required. ) In a small group we’ll explore in painting (and some drawing) as a mystical marriage between the analytical and feeling minds. Rather than focusing on recipes and rules to determine how to move through a painting, we'll prioritize rooting ourselves IN THE MOMENT physically and imaginatively and focus on how to FEEL that moment as a palpable choreography, a story being written but whose end we cannot yet know and don’t’ need to know in advance. The point of my classes is not a ‘product’ orientation. I’m not here to help you make paintings for galleries or to conform to other people's ideas of 'finish', but rather to assist in developing a state of mind that is your tool kit for the visual life, and to suggest a path for confidence rooted in curiosity, risk and visual playfulness. Thursday night, May 4th, opening slide talk, 6:30pm EST, 90 minutes with q&a at the end: this talk will be a foundational beginning for the following three days. Offered as part of the workshop; $30 to those not taking the weekend workshop. Friday, May 5th, 11am - 3pm Saturday, May 6, 11am - 2:30pm Sunday, May 7, 11am - 2:30pm all 3 days are keyed to Eastern Standard Time It will not be unusual if we run a little over on some of the days so please allow for that if necessary. Additionally, this class will offer a 30-minute individual consultation to be scheduled with Stuart following the class at your convenience. Cost for this 5-part workshop is $720. ($30 for the Thursday talk only)

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