Drawing from the Face of God – Painting Workshop with Laura Summer
3-Part Workshop: Friday 7-9 pm; Saturday 10 am-5:30 pm; Sunday 1-4 pm
Together these sessions provide an in-depth introduction to devotional painting but each session can stand on its own, and so they can be taken separately if need be.
Suggested Donation Sliding Scale: $80 – 160 (Fri. $10-20, Sat. $50-110, Sun. $20-50)
Register With: Pam Whitman or with The Christian Community in Sacramento
About the Workshop: Sixteen years ago a priest visited an exhibition of my work and afterwards asked me to paint an image to hang above the altar. I told him that since this would entail painting the face of God I was certainly not able. He told me, “At least you can try.” At this point, my life as a painter changed, and I began a process of working with painting as devotion. My work necessitates pondering such questions as: What is devotion? What happens when we devote ourselves to something through painting and drawing? What do we learn about the “object”, and what do we learn about ourselves? Can I present an experience for my viewer without pictorial images? How can sacred art be contemporary, an expression of an experience in the present? I have found working with these questions to be a powerful path. As we enter the 21st century, can we find ways to work devotionally in painting? Using a variety of media––watercolor, pastel, collage, ink, crayon and poetry––we will explore this question. No previous experience is necessary. The techniques we will
use are very forgiving, and exercises can be worked with at many levels. Both beginners and advanced painters are welcome! We often start with a contemplation of a cup and a related drawing exercise, then we go on to nature and then to a poem or prayer. Sometimes we work with faces arising and a feeling of presence. No specific religious orientation is used, just the question of how can we devote ourselves to something greater?
About the Teacher: Laura Summer is co-founder of the Free Columbia Art Course, a year-long program based on the fundamentals of painting as they come to life through spiritual science. She has been working with questions of contemporary religious art for 17 years. Her work, to be found in private collections in the US and Europe, has been exhibited at the National Museum of Catholic Art and History in New York City and at the Sekem Community in Egypt. She is a founding member of The Experimental Art Collective and Raising Matter-this is not a gallery.