Jenny Carolin

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Jenny Carolin received her MFA in Painting from Syracuse University and her BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design. Honors include a residency grant at the Stonehouse Foundation, the Jerome Solomon Foundation Grant, and the Posey Foundation Grant. Carolin’s strong technical training in the traditions of painting and drawing are paired a performance art practice and self­-deprecating humor which focuses on characters acting out questions of identity and gender roles. Carolin is a co­founder of the Mudhouse Residency in Agios Ioannis, Crete, and the Director of Educational Programming at Shoestring Press.


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Figure Drawing Movement and Expression Workshop
Jenny Carolin

Monday and Tuesday, August 19 & 20, 2019 1pm-4pm

The purpose of this course is to become acquainted with movement as a quality inherent to life drawing. Through an exploration of essential mark-making, we will be using the immediacy of the gesture drawing to celebrate both the expressive potential of the dynamic pose and the lyricism and grace of the human figure. We will be learning the identify the line of the body, and develop the structure of the form through sequentially longer poses. Finally, we will experiment with materials beyond charcoal, including india ink and pastel, to accentuate fluidity and movement.

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Contemporary Figure Painting
Jenny Carolin

9:30am - 12:30pm

Learn to create unique and personal paintings while working from a live model. This class engages students in a studio practice that explores the technical and theoretical creation of works of art. There will be a mixed focus on portraiture and nude figure painting throughout the semester. The course will progress from observation and analysis of painting the live model, to the integration of imagination and personal expression into your work. Students will be encouraged to utilize composition, color, cropping, and context to develop their own visual language in their work. Classes will include demonstrations, discussions and individual instruction at the easel. Discussions and handouts will cover the stages to developing a painting, comparative measuring, proportion, and structure, as well as appropriation and the use of photography as reference material. Open to all levels.

Constructing the Figure
Jenny Carolin

Tuesdays 1pm - 4pm

Learn to construct solid and anatomically correct figure and portrait drawings. Through lectures, demonstrations, and individual instruction, this course will cover the anatomical, structural, and surface forms of the head and figure. With a focus on the gesture as our starting point, we will identify the line of the body and develop the constitution of the figure through sequentially longer poses. There will be an emphasis on proportion, perspective, line quality, and light on form. During the second half of the course, we will explore the muscular and skeletal structure of the human figure and how the artist can use anatomy in figure drawing. Drawing is the foundation of many forms of visual expression, and by concentrating on the foundational principles of drawing the figure, students will expand their knowledge through direct observation of the live model. Open to all levels.

Tools & Techniques of Contemporary Figure Painting

Jenny Carolin

Tuesdays 9:30am - 12:30pm

This course will progress from the observation and analysis of painting the live model, to the integration of imagination and personal expression into your work. We will analyze and discuss the reappropriation of classical techniques by contemporary masters, and explore the introduction of new techniques to the genre of oil painting. Experimentation in method is married with a focus on developing a solid framework of research, planning, and execution. Class discussions, lectures, demonstrations, and individual feedback guide students through the mastery of foundational techniques to the incorporation of the more inventive, introducing splatter, masking, scraping, stamping, texture, and transfers to contemporary figure painting. Open to all levels.