Arts Of Drawing

Charles Emerson is a Pacific Northwest painter who creates richly hued abstract paintings that describe ethereal and atmospheric spaces. Embracing color as the foundation of his work, Emerson builds his compositions by applying layers of subtly varied tones that shift with light. His paintings contain terrestrial forms, celestial shapes, and painterly marks, each depicting an emotive microcosm with every varying palette. His paintings are reflections on personal experiences and an engagement with the concept that “nothing ever stays the same.” Emerson uses painting both as a visual diary– recording places, significant moments, and interpersonal interactions- -as well as a part of a spiritual search where one can transcend the here and now. Charles Emerson, originally from Los Angeles, received his Master of Fine Arts from Yale University and his Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Southern California. He was the recipient of the Fulbright Grant, and he completed his fellowship in Venice, Italy in 1961. Emerson has shown nationally and internationally, including exhibitions in Venice, Italy and Los Angeles, CA. He was the artist-in-residence at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art (Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego) in La Jolla, CA, and at Reed College in Portland, OR. Emerson has resided in the Northwest for more than 30 years, and he teaches color theory and painting at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, WA.
Thursday
9/14-11/16
9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
$475
Intermediate/Advanced
Gage Capitol Hill
There will be an additional charge for very necessary materials and reproductions of $20.00 collected by the monitor.

FOR THE FIRST DAY YOU WILL NEED:

  • Notebook and writing tool for class notes and problems presented
  • CONTE CRAYONS: two of each color; black, white, and sanguine
  • CONTE CRAYON PENCIL: one black
  • one white DRAWING PENCILS: two 2H style
  • DRAWING PAD similar to, or one 14” X 17” Strathmore 300 series Drawing Pad. Pad must be white or cream. Smooth or slightly textured. 25 or more sheets. Sixes may vary larger in any direction – height or width or both
  • ANY loose drawing sheets you may already have may be used as long as it is 14” X 17” or larger
  • KNEADED ERASER: one large
  • Hand-held pencil sharpener or blade for sharpening
  • One soft rag for smudging or other suitable items

OTHER ITEMS AND MORE DETAILS TO BE DISCUSSED IN CLASS ALONG WITH SUGGESTIONS of AREAS YOU WISH TO STUDY MORE.

 
We will explore a compendium of various cultures, times, attitudes, and expressions as recorded by marks on papers and other suitable surfaces in a search for different aesthetic possibilities to incorporate into our drawing and painting. Traditional and experimental exercises with tools.

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