Two Summer Workshops with Joseph Mann

In these workshops we will investigate different approaches to organizing paintings of the figure. During the July 16 – 20 session, we will investigate ways of thinking about the figure in an interior space; for the July 23 – 27 session, we will be in the landscape. We will work from two models each day (both sessions).

Workshops include daily discussions about the way these problems have been approached by great painters in the past, the value of working within a defined, traditional form, i.e. figure and landscape, and the importance of combining observational painting with conceptual structures — what Cézanne called “creating a parallel to nature.”

These workshops represent a continuum of my teaching from many years at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and in Portland for over twenty years.

Figure Painting in the Interior

Monday, July 16 – Friday, July 20
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Staver Locomotive, 2537 NW 29th
Workshop Fee: $400 (includes model fees).

Figure Painting in the Landscape

Monday, July 23 – Friday, July 27
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Laurelhurst Park
Workshop Fee: $300 (includes model fees).

Class Registration:

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“Your classes have taught me to ask what is essential? What do I care about? What have I overlooked? You taught me to continue searching for the balance between the poetic and the structural. You created a safe environment in which I am free to paint, draw and face the demons of the day.”
Julie Davis, Intensive student

“In all the years I've spent as a student, I have never had a more positively influential teacher.”
Susan Nelson, PSU Student

“I am endlessly impressed with your capacity to hold all of us, as we struggle and evolve and slip ahead and back again. I don't see how you do it, but am grateful for your strength and steadiness. I thought again about the critique and how carefully and consistently you handled reticence. You stayed your course, didn't recoil, didn't try to fix people, met each person where they stood—that in itself is a great lesson to those of us present, since in the end all there is to do is witness the storms, have compassion, stay the course and keep painting.”
Sally Retecki, Intensive student

“Joseph Mann is one of those extraordinary teachers who combines a rich and deep knowledge of art history with a keen eye for teaching to the individual. He is one of the few who could be called a ‘master teacher’.”
E.W. Ross, Dean
Division of Continuing Studies and Special Programs
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Ox-Box Program Director

Guest Artists/Colleagues

Joseph regularly invites artists to talk about their work and colleagues to teach in his workshops. Among those who have partiipcated in past workshops are:

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