Hybrid Class/Workshop
Color Spot Oil Painting

Ephraim Rubenstein

Ephraim Rubenstein

Workshop Description

March 2-27, 2020
Monday- Friday
1:30-5:00 pm
Fee: $950
Instructor present two days a week
Enrollment is limited to 12 students plus monitor.

Color spot oil painting is a method of direct painting developed in the early decades of the twentieth century by Charles Hawthorne and later by his student and assistant, Edwin Dickinson. Although aspects of color spot painting go all the way back to Baroque painting, Hawthorne and Dickinson were the first to organize entire canvases and elaborate compositions by means of the color spot.

A color spot is a piece of color, large or small, that has been observed and abstracted from the appearance of nature and applied directly to the white canvas in discrete notes. Color spot painting is as direct a method as exists––you aim to hit the mark right at first, and not go back (or go back as little as possible) so as not to destroy the integrity of the network of spots.

This workshop will provide an intensive introduction to color spot painting, emphasizing the role of the viewfinder, the plumb line, the relationship between the object and its environment, and how to set up the initial key of the painting.

About the Instructor

EPHRAIM RUBENSTEIN, B.A., M.F.A., Columbia University, was Assoc. Professor of Art at the University of Richmond. He has taught at RISD, MICA and Columbia University, and is currently on the faculty of the Arts Students League. Mr. Rubenstein has had eleven one-person exhibitions in New York. His work is represented in numerous collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Exxon Corp. and Deloitte & Touche. www.ephraimrubenstein.com

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