John Goodrich


John Goodrich is a New York-based painter, teacher, and writer. His paintings have appeared in solo exhibitions at Bowery Gallery in New York City and the Contemporary Realist Gallery in San Francisco, as well as in group exhibitions at Elizabeth Harris Gallery, Kouros Gallery and Lori Bookstein Fine Art in New York City, and in numerous group shows around the country. His work has been mentioned in reviews in The New York Times, The New York Sun, The New York Observer, The New Haven Register, and other publications. In the past he has taught studio art classes at the National Academy School of Fine Arts, the University of California at Santa Barbara, Long Island University, and Western Connecticut State University. He currently teaches at Haverford College and Borough of Manhattan Community College. A writer on art, he was a regular contributor to Review magazine, The New York Sun, CityArts and He currently writes for and other online publications.


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Watercolor: Color and Gesture
John Goodrich

9:30am - 12:30pm

This class will concentrate on watercolor’s unique properties of transparency and spontaneity, and the way they can uniquely capture impressions of the observed. Working from still lifes, models, and cityscapes (as weather permits) the class will focus on composing with washes of color, freely reworking them to balance gesture and detail. Topics of study will include color mixing, wet-into-wet, and reworking techniques.


Painting the City
John Goodrich

1pm - 4pm

This class will meet in Central Park to sketch views of the park and the city. The emphasis will be on building a composition quickly, based on the effects of sunlight and the way it reveals the gestures of nature and the urban environment. Basic color mixing and sighting methods will be reviewed before moving on to compositional rhythms and the playing of masses against details. Oil paints and a portable easel required. In case of rain, we’ll work in the studio from still life. Everyone in class will be notified the evening before our meeting place.