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The Suggestive Power of Oil Painting
This symposium is led by artist Duane Lutsko

Explore an oil painting approach that uses the power of suggestion to teach to success while refreshing your personal and professional painting practice. We will use an earth-colored ground, an Imprimatura, to complete a one-off monochrome painting, a Grisaille, using doable steps with practical goals.

A traditional Grisaille is a finished monochrome painting, painted over a semi-transparent, dry, earth-hued, tonal-ground. We vary this practice by working into a wet transparent ground, the Imprimatura, using a limited palette and pulling out lights or painting-in darks.

We will investigate a myriad of ways painting can be developed by focusing on the relationships of shapes as value, proportion, alignment, and texture, rather than by trying to paint things and objects.

We will incorporate abstract thinking by using blocking and the tonal properties of the Imprimatura to build imagery from elements that suggest forms into more comprehensive details. The goal is to embed the practice of painting into actionable open-ended problem-solving skills that have application in your art room, as well as in your personal practice.

All VACNJ Teacher’s symposium events offer unique professional development opportunities for art educators to come together and learn new creative skills to bring back to their classroom. The programs include:

  • Presentation by the leading contemporary artist
  • Hands-on artmaking workshop with the artist
  • Gallery exercises exploring ways to view and interpret contemporary art
  • Six professional development hours upon completion of the symposium
  • Lesson plans as a take home

Registration fees are $75 and include a light breakfast and all materials.

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PLEASE NOTE: If your school needs to be invoiced in order to pay for this program, please contact us to register. Call 908.273.9121 ext. 213 or at raponte@artcenternj.org, and speak with Director of Education & Community Engagement Rachel Aponte.


May 3
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
68 Elm Street
Summit, NJ 07901 United States
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