Students in the Trowbridge Atelier commit to a minimum of three days per week. Tuesdays and Thursdays are mandatory, plus one additional day of the week for independent studio practice.
Tuesday morning sessions include slide lectures, introduction of concepts, and demonstrations; afternoon sessions are independent studio time and individual consultations.
Thursday morning sessions are figure drawing and demonstrations; afternoon sessions are open figure drawing, independent studio time and individual consultations.
Fall Term: Value | Form & Design
During the Fall term, students will focus on building form through observed value relationships as they relate to the planar structure of the life-model and to still-life objects, including: rocks, blocks, folded paper, and fabric. Students will engage with pictorial design by studying the compositions of historical painters such as Caravaggio, Velázquez, Rembrandt and Vermeer.
Form and Design will be explored and integrated through a series of observational still-life paintings that respond to the dynamic compositional lessons of these masterworks.
Winter Term: Temperature | Dyads &Triads | Color-Blocking
Winter Term will focus on the Modernist lineage of color, including the study of the Venetians, Rubens, Delacroix, and into the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist movements. Lectures will highlight the works of Manet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, Cezanne, Bonnard, and Vuillard. Students will engage with temperature as a concept to help articulate observed color relationships on the life-model, interior environments, and in still-life set-ups. Students will explore a series of dyad and triad palettes and gain a practical and personal relationship with color. Students will create a dictionary of color charts that document the mixed palettes from each day’s lesson and will begin a series of individual studio paintings.
Spring Term: Process & Narrative: Independent Projects
Spring term will focus heavily on individual studio practice, painting from the life-model, and an introduction to plein-air painting. Students will develop a series of paintings that explore personal, narrative concepts through the use of learned color concepts. Both observation and invention will be used to create compositions that are layered, complex, formal, and poetic. Contemporary painting methods and compositional strategies will be introduced through lectures, demos and painting exercises.