The class begins weeks before the first class meeting. I ask each student to thoughtfully select one subject, an object or a concept (non-objective), that they will work on for the 5-day workshop. Do not take this part of the class lightly. The subject has to be something you are interested in enough to sustain 5 days of dedication. In class, I will ask each student to explore the subject compositionally, emotionally, intellectually, technically, and honestly. It is my belief that the only way anyone can CREATE is to explore and that is what we will do for our time together. There are no limits on your imagination and thus on your techniques and materials. Bring the material you like in any size, shape, or dimension and together we will, at least, begin the process of discovery.
After you have explored all the “how-tos” of painting, you are still stuck with the “why?’ Without a clear declaration of what one wants to say in one’s painting, it can become just an imitation someone else’s work. Skip challenges painters to rewrite the rules their way, to consider their choices and shake up their status quo. Through lecture, demonstrations and critiques Skip guides each painter to refine their intention and express it in new and honest ways. No one else but you can say what you want to say in paint—why settle for less? With insight, warmth and humor, Skip brings out the best in each painter.
William B. (Skip) Lawrence received a B.F.A. degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art and M.A. degree from Towson University. His book, Painting Light and Shadow in Watercolor, was published in 1994. Skip is editor-and-chief of “The Palette Magazine”.