THE BIG PICTURE
Students work on a large format canvas and easel, while painting quickly and loosely to pull the overall form of the painting together in 1 hour. When you paint faster than your analytical brain can process your mind switches over to the intuitive mode of thinking. You make decisions by instinct and new discoveries through the suspension of judgement based on what you already know.
History of Previous Art at Murray Pond Classes, Workshops & Summer Camps
GLASS VESSELS & OTHER DISTORTIONS
Students may draw with charcoal or paint with watercolor for this class. Painting a collection of transparent glass vases unites all of the nameable objects into one connected form. The addition of water causes extra refraction and distortion. And the addition of something metal adds the challenge of describing another kind of reflection.
Joan Levy Hepburn taught students from the age of 7 to 12 Analytic & Synthetic Cubism, and then they chose a musical instrument and composed and played Cubist music, which was recorded and used as the soundtrack to a documentary video of their week of Cubism. The music and video guidance was provided by Composer/Rock Star, Joe Bouchard.
MONOPRINTING ON INTAGLIO PRESS
There is an intaglio press at Murray Pond for printing engravings, etchings and monoprints for all ages. A demonstration of all of the processes are explained. Monoprinting is immediate and unexpected results can happen that spawn new ideas.
COLOR MYSTERY DECODED
Joan has taught the Color Workshop for the last 35 years. This workshop simplifies the daunting mystery of color and teaches perception and use of color in all applications. You will embrace color with confidence and new tools to take control, see and organize color. This information is crucial for artists, but non-artists will appreciate their new awareness of color, too!
DAVID MASSENGILL ACCORDION BOOKS & DULCIMER WORKSHOPS
David Massengill, Musician, Songwriter and Accordion Book Publisher teaches and inspires at Murray Pond with his workshops in Accordion Book Making, Songwriting, and Dulcimer Playing - he also has played several concerts here too!
DRAWING OUTSIDE OF THE BOX
Joan started teaching this class to 7 year old children as a means of showing them how to draw. A white gift box was put on a table and students were asked to draw it. They found that it was very difficult to draw a box. When many boxes were placed on the table it was easier, because each box helped to describe the location of another one. Then potatoes were placed inside and around the boxes to occupy spaces. The potatoes made the students realize that they did not draw adequate space. So they learned how to allow the potatoes to draw the boxes by defining the space that the potatoes occupied. Drawing boxes and potatoes teaches the seer how to perceive without naming objects and separating their boundaries. This seeing exercise has been taught to all students from the youngest age to graduate students at M.I.T.
There is nothing more natural than water and light and watercolor painting makes use of both. Students learn about different watercolor papers, paints, brushes and techniques. The natural transparency of the paint allows the light to illuminate the image from the white of the paper through the layers of paint. Watercolor paintings make magic happen if the artist does not stand in the way. In this class you will learn to put color down in the right order and economize motion to a single gesture. This class is very good in combination with the color workshop!
AFTER SCHOOL OBSERVATIONAL DRAWING
This drawing class teaches students how to focus their concentration in the meditation of seeing. Drawing is a brain exercise that uses the intuitive side of the brain, releasing endorphins, and creating stimulating relaxation. The mind develops an ability to recognize dynamic connections, which is beneficial to all studies and interests in life. Success in drawing builds confidence and self-esteem.
I CAN'T DRAW A STRAIGHT LINE
The title of this class is the statement that people make when they are asked if they want to learn to draw? No one can "draw a straight line" - it is an abstract concept - the shortest distance between two points. With that problem out of the way anyone can learn to draw what they see. This is a drawing class for any age or ability.
PORTRAITS - FROM REMBRANDT to ALICE NEEL
The basic rules of structuring a head, neck and shoulders, or the pose of the whole figure are defined, and then students gain insight from the history of portraiture about ways to capture life and likeness in a subject.
ADULT DRAWING & PAINTING CLASSES
Students work from a still life set up or the view from the window overlooking the pond. In the Pond House Studio they can focus their concentration for the full day. After 5 consecutive days of this kind of work they experience a transformation in their ability to see.
The Cezanne Course reveals an understanding of why this painter is considered "The Father of Modern Art". Students draw and paint from reproductions of Cezanne still life paintings to discover his vision and his genius in 5 classes of 4 hour sessions.
OIL PAINTING AND CHALK PASTEL DRAWING WITH STILL LIFE
Still life set ups are arranged in the Pond House Studio with controlled lighting. Students are taught to use a limited palette to create a cohesive sense of real light.
OIL PAINTING IN THE LANDSCAPE
Students of all ages come to Murray Pond to paint the landscape of rocky cliffs, moss covered ground, the pond and lily pads, hemlock trees and logs, wildflowers, colorful mushrooms and more! There are portable easels available, some like to sit on the ground, and they can take a canoe out on the pond for a different view.
DRAWING FROM THE BONE COLLECTION
Students are encouraged to draw bones in order to understand the structures of mammals, and also to make them look carefully at a natural form that is not generally known to them. Selections are made from the bone collection here in the studio and are often added to a still life of other natural and basic forms.
SCRIMSHAW WITH MONKEY SEAT FUNGUS
Monkey Seat fungus grows on the hemlock trees throughout the woods here. The underside of the fungus is white and leathery and can become a canvas for carving scrimshaw.
MATISSE FIGURE DRAWING AND CUTOUTS
Students make large charcoal drawings of the figure, and then reduce the drawing by finding the elemental colored shapes that define the form and light of the subject.
Art at Murray Pond
SCHOENBERG TONE ROWS & EXPRESSIVE COLOR IN THE SOUND OF LANDSCAPE
Schoenberg and Kandinsky were musicians and painters who were interested in composing outside of conventional systems to find new expressive forms of art. Kandinsky relinquished the nameable elements and natural colors of traditional landscape painting. Schoenberg invented a tone row box, which was a set of new rules for composing music from 12 chromatic sounds. In this class students play 12 notes in an order of their choosing and build a tone row from those notes. They then assign the 12 chromatic colors to be associated with their tone row, and build a tone row box according to Schoenberg's rules. While using the palette found in the order of their tone row box they look for the sound of their tone row in the movement of an observable landscape and paint a landscape of synesthesia in gesture, colors and shapes.
People enjoy observing their pets, and are able to capture the sense of character in the way they see them. Students can learn to draw or paint their own pets and then offer their pet portrait painting services to friends with pets.
THE MASTERS' ART CAMP
Students from the age of 9 to 11 chose a master painter from the timeline of art history to role play, study and paint in the style of during the week of The Master's Art Camp at Murray Pond. On the last day they worked with Joe Bouchard to compose and play music from the time period of the artist they studied, which was used as the soundtrack for the video documentary of their week.