Devotional Painting in the 21st Century
A painting workshop with Laura Summer.
About the Workshop: Throughout time, people in many cultures have worked artistically with an experience of God. Some of these experiences have resulted in representational paintings, others in abstract compositions. As we enter the 21st century, can we find ways to work with devotion in painting? Using a variety of media–watercolor, pastel, collage, ink, crayon and poetry–we will explore these questions: What is a face? How can expression and meaning live in it without sentimentality? What is death? What is resurrection? Can I present an experience for my viewer without pictorial images? How can religious art be contemporary, an expression of an experience in the present? The techniques we will use are very forgiving and exercises can be worked with at many levels.
Both beginners and advanced painters are welcome!
About Laura Summer: she 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. Her approach to color is influenced by Beppe Assenza and Rudolf Steiner, also by Goethe’s color theory. She has been working with questions of contemporary religious art for 16 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.
For more information and to register visit: Renewal Courses at the Center for Anthroposophy