Why is it that we paint and don’t just take photographs when our goal is realism? Because paint breathes life into an image. Each brush mark is made with intention, and the accidents that inherently happen are the cornerstone to a painting feeling alive.
In this 5-day intensive workshop, we will explore several different ways to bring our paintings to life, using both a live, nude, female model and photography as our reference. We will begin each day by looking at the bigger picture, drawing from life quickly with charcoal and finding the movement that naturally runs through the body, as well as working on a single closeup painting from life. The afternoon will be spent working exclusively with paint, zooming in and scaling up from traditional figurative painting, abstracting the body so we can focus on the language of skin. During the afternoons, students will work on 3 abstracted body paintings from a selection of photographs that will be provided. And since we will be in such a beautiful natural environment, we will also work from one found object.
We will be doing a lot of work in this class, so prepare to let go of perfection. We will focus on the dance between intention and impulse, control and abandon, so we learn to create paintings that feel alive, in every sense of that word.
Born in 1986, Aleah Chapin grew up on an island north of Seattle, Washington. She received her BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in 2009 and her MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2012. Aleah has attended residencies at the Leipzig International Art Programme in Germany and the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire. Recent exhibitions have included the 2016 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York; The Ingram Collection: Bodies, Woking, UK and a solo show, Within Wilds at Flowers Gallery, London. She has been a recipient of the Willard L. Metcalf Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Posey Foundation scholarship, the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, a Postgraduate Fellowship from the New York Academy of Art, and won the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery in London in 2012. Aleah now lives and paints in the Pacific Northwest, USA, where the people and place of her home are the foundation of her work.