Five Points Center for the Visual Arts organizes courses, workshops

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TORRINGTON — The Five Points Center for the Visual Arts is offering a variety of workshops for adults and youth this winter. Registration is mandatory; visit fivepointsarts.org/workshops/ to register. The center is located at 855 University Drive and can be reached at 860-618-2167.

January 22: Monotype Workshop, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anthony Kirk will lead a three-hour workshop where participants will explore several methods of creating and printing monotypes. We will print with and without a press and also print from a freshly printed print. Known as a counter proof, this allows the artist to see their imprint in the orientation it was made on the plate and not the mirror image. Without reworking the paste with added ink, a second impression or “ghost” can also be made. Usually a brush technique where the ink is applied to the plate additively, the ink can also be rolled onto the plate with brayers and then removed with rags and Q-tips. This is called a reducing monotype.

22 Jan-Feb 19: Build the figure, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., instructor, Brandon Brownlee. Participants will work from a live model to learn proportions, anatomy and how to render the human form. From quick gesture drawings to longer, more developed poses, you’ll learn how to use light, shadow, and value to create form and represent the nuances of the human body.

22 Jan-Feb 7: The Pastel Portrait, 2-5 p.m., instructor Brandon Brownlee. In this workshop, participants will learn how to develop a finished pastel portrait. Starting with an under drawing charcoal, we will layer hard and soft pastels to create depth and nuanced skin tones. We will also discuss the structural anatomy of the skull and facial features in order to construct a realistic portrait. This course is aimed at both beginners and advanced.

February 26: “Relax!” Oil and acrylic workshop, 11am-3.30pm In this workshop, students will learn to relax and apply their paint in a gestural and pictorial way. Techniques and observations on what it takes to “soften” your paintings. Almost all of these tips have one common denominator: simplification. The more you simplify what you do, the more it frees your mind to focus on your freedom. Students will practice using bigger brushes, more paint, and working faster. We will bring color to unexpected new places by working with different colors and deviating from realism.

5-12 Feb. : Watercolor and graphite, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., instructor, Terry Feder. This two-session workshop will guide students through a pencil drawing of architecture and/or still life, which will emphasize the value, light and dark we see. Then, using transparent watercolor or gouache, we will highlight the drawing with color. During the first session, we will draw using either a still life or an architectural photograph in a landscape. During this first session you will practice the technique. During the second session, using your experience from the first session, we will draw from a studio setup or photograph, then use color, finishing either in the studio or at home.


Apr 30-May 14: Layered Woodcut Workshop, 9am-5pm, instructor Jim Lee. This course will examine the bold and direct capabilities of woodcut and other relief printing surfaces. It will take the student from preliminary sketches to block size, using the multiple block technique. By printing multiple layers of transparent inks, images will develop with lush color relationships and luminous surfaces. We will work with color separation/registration, sculpting with hand and power tools, built surfaces, mixing color inks and stencils. Monotype techniques will also be introduced and can be combined with sculpted blocks. During the workshop, students first develop a key block, transfer the image to other blocks to wear different colors, and then print small editions, exploring color variations. Students should plan to arrive with several elaborate compositions, either figurative or abstract.

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