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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 was born in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. She received her BFA in painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and her MFA in painting from the School of Visual Arts, Boston University. Kehoe has received the following awards: Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Painting; Ballinglen Foundation Fellowship, Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation … Read more