Elizabeth O’Reilly received her B.Ed from The National University of Ireland and an MFA from Brooklyn College. She has participated in residencies at the Ballinglen Foundation, Ireland, the Ucross Foundation, Wyoming, the Ragdale Foundation, Illinois, and has received numerous awards, including a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant. A documentary on her work, Ealaiontóir Thar Sáile (An Artist Abroad), was shown on network TV in Ireland. O’Reilly shows at The George Billis Gallery in Chelsea, New York. O’Reilly has taught at the New School for Social Research, Brooklyn College and Pratt University. Her work has been reviewed extensively in Art in America, The New York Sun and Art News, among others. O’Reilly’s work is found in many corporate and public collections, both in the US and internationally including the State Department, Washington D.C: the State Collection Ireland, and the Memphis Brooks Museum in Memphis Tennessee.
Watercolor: Composition and Tone
1pm - 4pm
Work from still life and the model. Emphasis will be on massing in layered, transparent washes initially with a gradual buildup of detail through color and tone. The particular qualities of various pigments will be examined and incorporated to build up areas of transparency and opacity, with emphasis on composition and rhythm.
4pm - 7pm
This course will combine loose and controlled watercolor techniques focusing on still life and motifs from life and resource materials. A major focus will be on composition, color, and issues related to the medium but will introduce students to exploring abstraction and diverse methods of using watercolor. We will work with a single object and various images in order to create exciting and diverse compositions, and also work with collage and using the grid. This course is for students who are looking to move away from observation to create more individual paintings. Students will receive individual attention and instruction, as well as group critiques at the end of each class. There will be a brief demonstration for those who are unfamiliar with the medium.