Two Summer Workshops with Joseph Mann

Join us as we investigate different approaches to organizing space and composition with figures. In these workshops, we will work with one or two models each day. Workshops include daily discussions about the way these compositional problems (such as welding images together) have been approached by great painters in the past, intensive working time, individualized feed-back during studio time and the creation of a rich and supportive environment for all. For studio artists, the importance of combining observational painting with conceptual structures is of primary importance; this is what Cézanne called “creating a parallel to nature.”

The theme of these workshops revolves around creating horizontal format images with multiple figures while considering the space and structure within the image. We will look at and discuss imagery from the masterful artists of the past and present as we create engaging, dynamic work.

Upon registration you will receive a materials list. Easels are available and the location where we will be working is secure, so we can leave our equipment in place over night without worry.

Although these workshops are designed to be beneficial to artists at many levels; previous experience drawing from the model is recommended.

Each workshop is limited to twelve participants.

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. “Tradition is not to preserve the ashes but to pass on the flame” Gustav Mahler

Figure Drawing Composition

Dates:
Monday, June 24th – Friday, June 28th
Time:
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location:
Staver Locomotive, 2537 NW 29th
Fees:
Workshop Fee: $400 (includes model fees).

Figure Painting Composition

Dates:
Monday, July 8th – Friday, July 12th
Time:
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location:
Staver Locomotive, 2537 NW 29th
Fees:
Workshop Fee: $400 (includes model fees).

Class Registration:

For more information, registration, questions and scholarship availability, contact me at:
josephemann@msn.com


Testimonials

“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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