Have you considered how a sense of place can function in your work?
Are you looking to clarify the content in your work?
Have you been searching for a way to unify process and content within your work?
Would you like to be challenged to add a new direction to your work?
In addition to challenging you visually, this workshop will investigate how you may bring a sense of place into your work. Artists will invest place, whether man-made or the natural environment and make discoveries to personalize a sense of place within their work. Sometimes place may exist in ones imagination and we will investigate this concept as well during class discussions.
Class assignments will include using a phone camera to document place and then use photos as source material for developing images using experimental drawings practices. The drawings made in this class will explore mark-making, personal expression, and exploration using conventional and unconventional drawing materials.
We will address each participants' work within the class and discuss best practices for moving the work forward.
In the four 90-minute live class discussions and lectures, demos and in-depth Q&A, you will broaden the foundation of your creative practice. This course will also include a resource guide identifying where to get the best materials and supplies, 3 months of access to the class recordings. Course is limited to 20 students.
Topics and concepts covered in the course:
- Working with unorthodox materials and understanding their relevance in your work
- Discover how place can exist in work including both as a natural and man-made phenomena
- Discuss structure and how it is important in work to strengthen compositions
- Rapid fire sketching exercises
- Developing a body of work that addresses ideas of place
- Introduction of podcasts, books and contemporary drawing concepts
- Composition challenges when working with drawing and unorthodox materials
- Use line, shape, and color in unique approaches
- Class exercises to further inspire and brainstorm possibilities
This class is any artist that wishes to clarify the content in their work and understand how place comes into being within their work..
Prior to each class, participants will complete the assignment for the live class session.
"We will discuss how a sense of place can exist within drawings and how the immediacy of drawings is a practical approach towards making conceptual leaps within your work. Thinking about your own photo images and referencing those images will enter into subconscious thinking that can be beneficial to work."
~ Jeff Hirst
Q: How do I access the class?
A: Once you purchase the class, you will have access to the course content (pre-recorded, handouts, and live meetings. Each unit shows the day, time, and how to join the live session on Zoom.
Q: Do I need to be able to draw?
A: No, we will use expressive approaches towards drawing that will address conceptual ideas within the work. If you feel comfortable taking chances this class is good for you. Likewise, if you are intimidated with taking risks, this class will help you break free from those fears.
Q: I have more questions. How do I reach you?
A: You can email Jeff at [email protected].
Jeff is a generous teacher, focused but relaxed. Jeff made the principles of the specific techniques accessible and clear, yet was open and very encouraging of experimentation.
~ Peggy E. ~
Jeff Hirst is one of my favorite teachers! His love of the work comes out in the enthusiasm he shows for the work of his students, and his patience helps us through the rough patches when we want to be as good as he is. His unique combination of artistic and teacher skills make classes a joy to participate in. I always look forward to spending time in Jeff's classes.
~ Nancy D. ~
Jeff is an accomplished and talented artist who shows firsthand how a creative artist pushes the limits and experiments in a fun and safe way!
~ Kathy E. ~
Jeffrey Hirst fostered a learning environment that allowed for experimentation with various media. And if it worked out - fine, and if not, he exhibited great patience and encouragement for my trying it differently next time. I also appreciated his honest and candid feedback about my work. That is how I learn best. And finally, Jeff was personable with a great sense of humor. Our class had a wonderful week working with him.
~ Carol R. ~
The workshop was one of my all-time favorites! I feel energized and feel the courage to continue experimenting! I needed this!!!
~ Michele B. ~
I appreciate how your class welcomed all levels and showed how anyone can improve and expand their artistic language from your teachings. And thank you for your friendly, patient, and generous attitude and making the class fun. There was a good vibe and we learned a ton! Your workshop was a creatively magical experience and I was so sad to see it end.
~ Dawn B. ~