Because of the Great Recession the outdoor "Plein Aire" painting
classes are not being sponsored by Emeritus College anymore. Since then the classes
were being held on an informal basis and Susan is still taking students privately
or in small groups as circumstances allow.
Susan was offering an 8-week course at Infinity Studio,
one and a half hours each, designed to introduce the artist to
different ways of thinking about using materials especially paint and
other pourable and spreadable materials, combined with thinners and
other liquids, and objects of all kinds in order to construct paintings
of more interest than simple one media materials.
The class curriculum was described like this:
Class #1 is an introduction to the studio, materials and where they are
located. Brushes and implements of all types, old and new. Paints of
all kinds. Chemicals, varnishes, thinners, etc., papers and other
supports. Discussion of my theory of paint mixing, demo, some hands-on
mixing and application. Students are instructed to bring two pieces of
work to the next session ñ one they love, one they hate.
Class #2 is an introduction to paint mixing and my theories and
practices concerning making materials interesting. Mixing one color per
student, using any of the materials available on the table - use of
that paint on one back ground in as many ways as possible.
Class #3 is all about painting with unusual materials which will
demonstrate what some of these mixes can do. Show and tell: various
paintings using different techniques. Discussion of unusual techniques.
Homework ñ create an original painting using some unusual technique and
bring to next class.
Class #4 is painting with unusual tools, a demonstration of tools that
can be using in conjunction with and instead of regular brushes,
altering of brushes, combining of tools. Stencil cutting and foam
cutting introduction. Homework - create a number of tools made of
unusual materials and bring to class - do not use them at home at all ñ
be surprised at what can do.
Class #5 is about using unusual tools. Work with each one you brought,
and create a small piece with them. Mix and match with other students
and create a small piece. Homework - create a piece with your tools and
three colors that you mix up yourself and bring to class
Class #6 concerns ideas and subject matter. I will demonstrate my ways
of working with material to evoke images that I can relate to, and that
I can work with what affects me when I am painting - music, colors,
clothes, my thoughts, my problems, smells, sights - my theories and
some demonstration on how I use materials to give me a Rorschach image
that has meaning to me - rhythms I use with my arms and body - organic
look that I am working toward - how much structure I want to give a
painting, structure over and under flowing paint. Homework -
create a piece at home that you can bring to class and work with.
Class #7 the construction and deconstruction of a painting. Create a
painting using some of the techniques learned in this class. Then
destroy it in some kind of way. Recreate it in some different kind of
way that speaks to you. Homework - take an old piece of work of your
own and recreate it in some new way.
Class #8 is a show and tell. Discussion of what you were trying to do
with the last few pieces. Journal writing concerning your thoughts on
anything, short and to the point, not more than two pages. Show and
tell of any new or unusual, personal items you discovered during the
past seven weeks.
Many people are visiting world renowned Santa Monica and the harbor pleasure pier.
Any who are interested in studying under or working with Susan are invited to sign
up for one or more private sessions. Larger group classes will be arranged based on the interest
shown. Private instruction can be modeled on this format or adjusted as required.
Please contact us for scheduling information.