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PALM SPRINGS ART MUSEUM

ART STUDIO CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

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2018-2019 ART STUDIO

Our programs offer diverse learning opportunities that go beyond the classroom setting and expand into the museum. Classes and workshops are taught by leading professional artists, and draw from different influences and genres, including painting, storytelling, collage and printmaking, that challenge students of all levels to explore their creative abilities and further develop their artistic skills.

For questions or more information, please contact the Education Department Coordinator, Hilary Roberts at hroberts@psmuseum.org or call 760-322-4850.

3, 4 AND 5-DAY

STUDIO CLASSES

MONDAY-FRIDAY

Weekday Art Studio Classes are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are held in the Artists Council Center on the lower level of the museum. Tickets are available through the museum’s Box Office at 760-325-4490.

CREATIVE PAINTING WITH KWOK WAI LAU

  • February 18-22, 2018
  • April 15-19, 2018
  • 5-Day, Monday-Friday
  • $450 Members - For Member pricing, please call the Box Office at 760-325-4490
  • $500 Non-Members
  • Bring Own Materials and Supplies
  • Skill level: Intermediate to Advanced

Kwok Wai Lau is a painter and instructor who helps intermediate to advanced artists develop their unique style. His exceptional visual knowledge and uncomplicated teaching style guides students through concepts and techniques ranging from abstraction to realism, and in a variety of mediums.

His instruction in watercolor, acrylic, oil, and collage includes demonstrations, discussion and assignments. He will inspire new perspectives, understandings and accomplishments; bring your own supplies, a few blank canvases and whatever projects you are working on.

Lau was on the faculty of the International Art School in Hong Kong, and is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has taught and inspired students in the Chicago North Shore, Los Angeles, Orange County, and Palm Springs areas. His own work ranges from classical realism to abstraction and has been shown worldwide. Lau was the recipient of the prestigious Pauline Palmer Prize from the Art Institute of Chicago

REFLECTING UPON OTHER ARTIST' WORKS WITH MARK LEONARD

  • January 28-31, 20184-Day, Monday-Thursday
  • $350 Members - For Member pricing, please call the Box Office at 760-325-4490
  • $400 Non-Members 
  • Bring Own Materials and Supplies
  • Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced

It is a well-established tradition for artists to turn to existing works of art for inspiration.

In this workshop, led by Mark Leonard—an artist and paintings restorer who has spent most of his life immersed in other artists’ works— participants will first explore the process of looking deeply at a work of art in order to develop an intimate understanding of how it was created. They will then use what they have seen and learned as a springboard for re-interpretation and reflection, creating a new work of their own. The original works to be considered will be chosen by the participants from the collections on view at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Participants will provide their own materials—in whatever medium they choose. Further details and a daily schedule will be provided prior to the workshop.

Mark Leonard trained as an artist until deciding to pursue a career as a paintings restorer. He worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for five years, and then moved to Los Angeles where he spent twenty-six years as a paintings conservator at The J. Paul Getty Museum (and headed the department from 1998 until 2010). In 2012, he was invited to join the staff of the Dallas Museum of Art as Chief Conservator. After helping to build the DMA’s restoration department, he returned to creating his own work in Palm Springs in 2017. He is represented by Louis Stern Fine Arts in West Hollywood, California. In 2013, he was invited to create a body of work for the Yale Center for British Art, which culminated in the exhibition “Reflections on Constable’s Cloud Studies: Paintings by Mark Leonard.”

CREATING AN ABSTRACT PAINTING FROM THE GROUND UP WITH GWEN FOX

  • February 4-8, 2018, 5-Day, Monday-Friday
  • $450 Members - For Member pricing, please call the Box Office at 760-325-4490
  • $500 Non-Members
  • Supplies required
  • Skill level: All levels

Want to paint abstract paintings but haven’t a clue on how to begin? Do you wonder where to find ideas for great abstract designs? How do you know when an abstract is finished? How do you make those luscious quiet colors so your abstracts stand out?

Fear no more as this fabulous workshop will guide you through creating an abstract painting from beginning to end. All your questions will be answered and abstracts will become your favorite painting style.

MEMORY AND HISTORY THROUGH CONTEMPORARY PAINTING WITH MARA DE LUCA

  • March 25-29, 2018, 5-Day, Monday-Friday
  • $450 Members - For Member pricing, please call the Box Office at 760-325-4490
  • $500 Non-Members
  • Supplies required
  • Skill level: All levels

Explore fundamental aspects of painting viewed through an art historical and contemporary lens. Slide presentations, readings and discussions inspire an investigation of value, color, paint application, mark making and atmospheric effects. Students will be sent a supplies list before class.

Mara De Luca uses color and texture to evoke memories of a place; dusk monochromes, nighttime clouds and glowing sunsets suggest the beauty of the SoCal landscape, whereas stoic colors and metallic frames glamorize the bleakness of the industrial Southland freeways. Often referencing literature and poetry, she allows her experience of these diverse elements to inform her work. De Luca is a graduate of Columbia University and CalArts, and she has had solo exhibitions at Edward Cella Art and Architecture, Quint Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and TOTAH, NY.

2-DAY STUDIO

WORKSHOPS

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

Weekend Art Studio Workshops are in the museum’s Artists Council Center on the lower level of the museum. Workshops are on select Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are available through the museum’s Box Office at 760-325-4490.

ELECTROLYTES ETCHING WITH BERNARD HOYES

  • December 15-16, 2018, 5-Day, Saturday-Sunday
  • $100 Members - For Member pricing, please call the Box Office at 760-325-4490
  • $150 Non-Members
  • Supplies required
  • Skill level: All levels

Explore non-toxic etching with master printmaker Bernard Hoyes. The etching process remains the same as it has for ages, except for the removal of highly toxic acids. In its place, a 12-volt battery or charger, as well as salt and water, are utilized.

The positive electric current passes through a prepared plate that is submerged in water, then a salt solution is poured over the plate. A chemical reaction occurs on the plate’s surface that results in a simple acid that bites or etches the exposed lines or areas. The traditional printing process is resumed.

Hoyes will help students to prepare and develop plates for the electrolyte process, guiding each student through the technical process to a successful print. Included are demonstrations and discussions in a workshop setting with a supportive atmosphere.

Bernard Hoyes is a multi-disciplinary artist and master printmaker specializing in seriagraphs, etchings and lithography. He is the Founder of Caribbean Fine Arts Publishing and Kensington Press, and has worked and printed with Self Help Graphics in Los Angeles and Brandywine Graphic Worship in Philadelphia.

NEOSURREALISM: CRAFTING CONTEMPORARY ART IN CONTEXT USING SYMBOLISM WITH ANNE FAITH NICHOLLS

  • January 19-20, Saturday-Sunday
  • $100 Members - For Member pricing, please call the Box Office at 760-325-4490
  • $150 Non-Members
  • Supplies required
  • Skill level: All levels

Join acclaimed Neosurrealist painter Anne Faith Nicholls for a creative exploration of Surrealism, from its history to its exciting resurgence in New Contemporary Art—to your easel! We will use Salvador Dalí’s “50 Secrets of Magical Craftsmanship” to inspire the subconscious and your art practice. We will also re-examine Frida Kahlo and René Magritte’s portraits for hidden messages, and get up-close and personal to some of the Palm Springs Art Museum’s more mysterious works. Over the course of this workshop, you will explore symbolism and context to create your very own René Magritte-style painting in the Museum’s studio classroom, while learning unique acrylic painting techniques and trade secrets taught by the artist.

Anne Faith Nicholls is an American contemporary artist based in Palm Springs. Best recognized for her Neosurrealistic paintings, Nicholls has exhibited in collections, galleries, museums and fairs around the world, and also contributed to a variety of high-profile commercial projects with renowned collaborators. Often exploring the subconscious, her works are layered and mysterious, creating symbolic and alluring narratives on the human condition with a unique perspective.

MODIFIED TAPESTRY WEAVING: A 3D DESIGN WITH NORA LOU ROLF

  • March 9-10, 2018, Saturday-Sunday
  • $100 Members - For Member pricing, please call the Box Office at 760-325-4490
  • $150 Non-Members
  • Supplies required
  • Skill level: All levels

The elemental construction of a weaving can be broken down into the character of the fibers of the weft and the composition of the weave itself.

In this workshop, Rolf will take you through the process of building a pulledwarp tapestry weaving. This will include deconstructing the plane of the weave by arranging cut paper maquettes, while applying the principles of form and space to make a three-dimensional composition. You will learn how to assemble your weaving with warping your own loom, and will end with a finished sample weaving.

Nora Lou Rolf is an experienced art fabricator with a history of working with materials as divergent as stone and linen. She has been an assistant in the studios of the artists Andrea Zittel and Alma Allen for the past several years, and has been an active member of AZ West’s West Work weaving community since 2014. Nora’s weaving can be found locally at BKB Art + Design and in the Palm Springs Art Museum Store. Rolf spent her formative years kicking around the suburbs of Wayne, Michigan and taking in the Great Plains of Nebraska. She currently resides in Joshua Tree, CA.