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Southwest Wilderness Studio
This Workshop was developed by John Wenger to allow advanced students and mature artists intimate contact with nature in the outback setting while developing art related projects. through an expeditionary camping concept the group explores a variety of visual experiences traveling and dwelling to work in a variety of mediums.
Advanced undergraduate and graduate level Studio class. Prerequisite: Advanced painting or drawing.
This summer (1996 - 26 days) we will utilize small backpack journals, sketching and noting our insights and Visions about certain remote destinations. Larger format drawings and painting projects with oil sticks on gessoed paper, for instance, as well as other media will also be encouraged. Working with themes about special on-site circumstances and ideas, as well as concepts that one might bring to the occasion (Studio directions and interest)
Various sites are chosen for their special visual situations and occasions, which in turn help artists to grasp sophisticated color, structure, form and space concepts. These situations are outdoor experiential visual lessons. Such encounters may then be used by artists to help them form conceptually original insights about themselves and their environment, or reach a new sophistication with their understanding and use of certain formal qualities: light, color, space etc... Especially important is the emphasis one could place on personal ongoing themes as related to the occasion.
Group participation in the operation of the travel and exploration part of an adventure like this is essential-- therefore contributions in the form of shopping, cooking, cleaning, packing, driving etc... will be a natural part of each day.
12 artists will be chosen through an interview process to participate in this special Workshop. A full course syllabus including Supply and reading list will be available to Workshop participants.
-art with nature - Advanced Vision Quest - Southwest Outback Adventure - camping - environmental Concepts and traditions - poetry - maps - guest artists / guides - large and small varied media art projects - exhibitions - story and travel