Classes & Workshops 2020

My teaching first happened by chance in 2012 and since then my teaching has evolved organically while simultaneously inspiring my own art practice.  I continue to teach at art organizations, private clubs and one-on-one including: Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA; Mother Brook Arts, Dedham, MA, New Art Center, Newton, MA; North Hill PurposeFull Living, Dedham, MA; Chilton Club, Boston, MA; NewBridge on the Charles, Dedham, MA; Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA and Concord Art, Concord, MA.  Whether working with one student or a group, teaching is a reciprocal process: my students energize me with their passion to grow as artists.  I love supporting artists of any age on their creative journey. 

2020

Upcoming

Alchemy of Color Part I Online

Concord Art

6 week class via Zoom

Tuesdays, 9/22 - 10/27

1:30  - 4:30 PM

This class will meet online via ZOOM preferable on your computer (best screen).  iPad and smart phone can also be used, but you will need to download the Zoom app.   Martha will send an invitation in advance to join the ZOOM class.  Instructions for using Zoom will be sent prior to the first class.  Click here to register

 

It is through color changes that we go forward... all decisions come about as the picture is made and in response to painterly demands. The descriptive and anecdotal come second.  - Wolf Kahn

 

In these classes we will study the language of color and each pigment’s personality to build a personal palette.  Enhance your color knowledge through exercises, demos and by examining past and contemporary artists’ oeuvre.  Understand the mysteries and properties of color from analysis of the psychology, perception and energy of colors for creating dynamic, expressive and meaningful paintings.  Each week we will meet online and through video demonstrations, slide presentations, written material, and weekly homework assignments you will strengthen your understanding of color.

 

Alchemy of Color Part II Online

Concord Art

6 week class via Zoom

Tuesdays, 10 AM - 1 PM

10 AM - 1 PM

“Color is my daylong obsession, my joy and my torment,” said Claude Monet. Don’t let color torment you. In these classes we will delve deeper into understanding the mysteries and properties of color through explorations of pigment personalities to color psychology for creating expressive and meaningful color choices. Artists will strengthen their color knowledge through exercises, demos, critiques and exam ining classic and contemporary art. Students need to have taken Alchemy of Color, Part I. All media.

 

Spring 2020

Alchemy of Color Part I Online

Concord Art

6 week class via Zoom

Wednesday, 5/20 - 6/24

10 AM - 1 PM

Embrace the Sketchbook part I & II Online

Cambridge Art

2 part class via Zoom

Thursday, 5/21 & 5/28, 2020

10 AM - 11:30 PM

This 90 minute 2-part online workshop (via ZOOM) invites artists to discover the importance of maintaining a relationship with a sketchbook.  The sketchbook is a wonderful tool in any studio practice to improve creativity, explore ideas, stay inspired and motivated.  It becomes a visual diary committing to paper those ideas rattling in the brain.  Click here to register

 

WEEK ONE:

We will meet online and through discussion, video demonstrations and written instructions, artists will be assigned 3 sketchbook exercises using materials easily found at home.  These exercises will engage artists in the process of playing as it is the beginning stage of creativity allowing more risk taking since a “finished” piece is not the goal here.  

As a result of doing one or all three of the exercises artists are encouraged to photograph their work and send these to as a JPEG (no larger tha 5MB pe file) to Rebecca Schnopp  (rschnopp@cambridgeart.org) and to me at marthawakefield514@gmail.com  Tuesday 4/26 no later than 12 noon.  These images will be put into a slide presentation for the next session.  Please send 1 image per exercise.  

 

WEEK TWO:

We will meet back in ZOOM on Thursday, May 28th at 10 AM and review the work as sharing the results leads to further ideas,  discovery of new materials and processes.  At the end of the workshop you may find some gems to explore further in your art practice. 

This class will meet online via ZOOM preferably on your computer.  iPad and smartphone can also be used, but you will need to download the Zoom app.   Martha will send an invitation in advance to join the ZOOM class.  Instructions for using Zoom will be sent prior to the first class. 

 

Alchemy of Color Part II

Concord Art

6 week Online class via Zoom

Tuesdays 3/10 - 4/14, 2020

10 AM - 1 PM

“Color is my daylong obsession, my joy and my torment,” said Claude Monet. Don’t let color torment you. In these classes we will delve deeper into understanding the mysteries and properties of color through explorations of pigment personalities to color psychology for creating expressive and meaningful color choices. Artists will strengthen their color knowledge through exercises, demos, critiques and exam ining classic and contemporary art. Students need to have taken Alchemy of Color, Part I. All media.

Embrace the Sketchbook

Cambridge Art

1 day workshop

Thursday, 2/27, 2020

10 AM - 4 PM

The sketchbook is a wonderful tool in any studio practice to improve creativity, explore ideas, stay inspired and motivated. It becomes a visual diary committing to paper those ideas rattling around in the right hemisphere of the brain. We will review some master artists' sketchbooks (most are messy, yet inspiring) and experiment with a variety of materials from a simple pencil to a diverse choice of markers, paints, papers and collage materials. Through various exercises, participants can engage in the process of playing as it is the beginning stage of creativity; allowing more risk-taking since a "finished" piece is not the final goal in this workshop. At the end, an artist should find some gems to explore further in their art practice. 

Maximum 10 participants. Open to all experience levels. There will be a $10 materials fee. 

 

2019

Power Painting (and Dynamic Color)

Concord Art

5 - day workshop

July 22 - 26, 2019

10 AM - 4 PM

In this multi-level workshop, we will use the landscape as a point of departure and explore personal expression. Through close observation and in-depth observation of form and structure, your skills will be enhanced leading to unity and enlivened content.  By traveling beyond what is seen we will realize the landscape’s poetry by rendering it into an authentic and visual response.  We will examine design elements (shape, color, line, etc.) and refine by considering design principles (i.e. dominance, rhythm, repetition, etc.)  The study of master works, demos and exercises will provide crucial exercises in artistic growth requiring you to push outside your comfort zone.  One-on-one critiques and feedback will be ongoing and a group critique will be held midweek and on the last day.  

 

Alchemy of Color Part I

Concord Art

6 week course

Tuesdays 9/24 - 10/29, 2019

10 AM - 1 PM

“The artist's alertness to the coloristic demands of each picture, the ability to respond to the picture's needs, to feed the color until its appetite is satiated; these are the true measures of a colorist's talent,” says Wolf Kahn.  

 

In these classes we will study the language of color and each pigment’s personality to build a personal palette. Enhance your color knowledge through exercises, demos and by examining past and contemporary artists’ oeuvre. Gain knowledge in the mysteries and properties of color from understanding the psychology, perception and energy of colors for creating dynamic, expressive and meaningful paintings. All media. 

 

Cold Wax Medium w/ Oils Workshop

Concord Art

3 - day workshop

October 25 - 27, 2019

10 AM – 4 PM

 

This introductory workshop is for artists with prior experience in painting but new to  cold wax medium (CWM) with oil paint.  We will cover the basic materials, variety of tools, surfaces, safety and techniques.  Through demos and exercises create small studies with CWM and oils and experiment with layering, texture and mark-making.  By focusing on color’s value, temperature and saturation learn to mix colorful palettes, rich greys and glazes.  With presentations on design and individual attention, each student is encouraged to experiment and take risks throughout the creative process while enhancing composition and personal voice.

 

Feed Your Creative Soul

Cambridge Art

1 - day workshop

Thursday 11/14, 2019

10 AM - 4 PM

Feeling stuck, unmotivated, discouraged about your art practice or lack thereof?  Time to feed your creative soul.  Time to create.  When we engage in a creative process we are writing a language that brings a renewed excitement and understanding to our thoughts, emotions and our artistic journey. 

 

As in the Embrace the Sketchbook workshop, Martha will lead you through a series of processes and techniques that help you to become inspired. In this 6-hour workshop artists may learn skills to overcome artistic blocks by engaging in serious play through exercises and collaborations.  Enjoying the process of creating is the goal of this workshop.  What it is not is making a precious finished piece. Artists will discover fresh ideas to pursue in their studio practice and ways to feed their creative soul. 

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