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The Head Examined


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Kennedy 409

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This course takes a reductive approach to painting the head, experimenting with how little information is necessary. We will investigate whether translating the head into simple, accurate shapes of color and value can create a truer likeness than a detailed description can. A simple, intuitive drawing method will be introduced to help with drawing accuracy. Universal proportions of the head will be covered. Light and the way it affects perception of structure will be emphasized, as well as finding specific and surprising color. Self-portraits and a study of historical and contemporary portraiture will be included. Some drawing and painting experience is helpful; mediums will include graphite, ink wash, cut-paper collage and oil paint.


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Catherine Kehoe is an acclaimed painter and educator whose work has been shown widely and is represented by Howard Yezerski Gallery in Boston. She is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner grant, a Lillian Orlowsky/William Freed Foundation Grant, three Blanche Colman awards, a Berkshire Taconic ART grant, a St. Botolph Club Foundation grant, a Massachusetts Cultural … Read more