Take your work to a new level with a week-long workshop-in-residence with the Studios at MASS MoCA! Our unique workshop model provides individual studios available 24/7, a private bedroom, and open access to MASS MoCA’s galleries. There are upcoming week-long workshops with Debi Pendell, Tupelo Press/Jeffrey Levine, and Judith Kruger. Read below for descriptions, and email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a slot (maximum of 8 participants per workshop).
Debi Pendell: Visual Artist Independent Study & Critique. $1,300 (includes 6 nights of housing & private studio for the week)
November 4, 2016 – November 10, 2016 (NOVEMBER 2016 WORKSHOP IS FULL. Email email@example.com to request a future slot.)
For many artists, the word ‘critique’ immediately brings to mind (and to heart) these dictionary synonyms: censure; find fault with; slam; slap; takedown; put down. Many artists avidly avoid critiques, having painfully experienced critique as disapproval. In the method taught and practiced in this workshop, critique means: to discuss the merits of; to analyze. We even employ what the dictionary considers antonyms for critique: compliment; praise. Critique is a necessary and valuable tool in the making of art, but it only functions when the goal is education and encouragement: everyone walks out of these critiques excited to get to work, to experiment, to play, to create.
By analyzing and speaking about the work of other artists, you learn tools and techniques that you can employ in your own work. By hearing educated and perceptive responses to your own work, you discover whether or not your work is being read in the way you intend. This is a unique opportunity to be that ‘fly on the wall’ and hear what is honestly said about the work you present.
In addition to critiquing the work of the other artists attending the residency, we will also go into museum exhibitions and explore some of those works. The intent is to analyze, understand, and clearly state one’s response in a way that enhances everyone’s experience – even when you don’t ‘like’ the work at all. You may very well discover just how useless the terms like and dislike are when it comes to engaging art and making art.
Each participating artist in this workshop-in-residence will develop their own project. The instructor is available for consultation in planning the project prior to the workshop. The instructor will provide targeted assistance to each and every artist tailored to the individual needs of their project. This includes one-on-one critiques, as well as technical assistance. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a slot in a future session.
Jeffrey Levine/Tupelo Press: Poetry Workshop. $1,500 (includes 6 nights of housing & private studio for the week)
January 27, 2017 – February 2, 2017 (JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2017 WORKSHOP IS FULL.)
A week-long residency and workshop for poets, combining writing time in a studio of your own at MASS MoCA, plus instruction and generative exercises inspired by the exhibits and the architecture of the MASS MoCA campus. The week includes multiple opportunities for attentive and detailed review of your work by Tupelo’s Editor-in-Chief, Jeffrey Levine, a renowned poet and editor, and one of the country’s leading writing instructors, and a guest appearance by Jim Schley, Managing Editor of Tupelo Press, former co-editor of the New England Review, and former Editor-in-Chief of Chelsea Green.
Whether you’re working on a full-length manuscript, preparing individual poems for submission to journals, or pushing your writing to a new level simply for the pleasure of doing so, here is your opportunity to generate new ideas, build your visual vocabulary, better understand what editors and publishers want, and get your poems to that new place. You will have 24/7 access to your studio, plus nearby housing. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Tupelo Press headquarters in the Eclipse Mill within walking distance from MASS MoCA. There you will be invited to dine in an intimate setting while attending an evening seminar providing valuable insights into the world of literary publishing.
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Judith Kruger: Abstraction Master-Class. $1,600 (includes 6 nights of housing & private studio for the week)
April 28, 2017 – May 4, 2017 (APRIL/MAY 2017 WORKSHOP IS FULL.)
July 28, 2017 – August 3, 2017 (JULY/AUGUST 2017 WORKSHOP IS FULL.)
Judith Kruger — who exhibits widely in the United States, Japan and elsewhere, and teaches sought-after workshops throughout the country — now brings her masterful methods for abstraction to the Studios at MASS MoCA. Her paintings, prints, and mixed-media works address human-environment connectivity and their shared vulnerabilities. She is recognized internationally for her advocacy of natural painting materials and historic, ecologically friendly processes based on years of research and alchemic experimentation, specifically in Nihonga, Japanese mineral pigment painting.
Judith has an impressive following of serious, practicing artists, working in all mediums, who cite her intensive, direct teaching approach as an authentic, life-changing catalyst for both technical and conceptual growth. This Master Abstraction workshop is not medium specific, thus focusing on many of the formal concerns that Judith addresses in her own work, including depth of space, destruction, luminosity, ambiguity, perceptual shifting, and material presence. Concepts will be addressed on an individual basis as a benefit to the entire group. Private and open critiques, discussions, film showings and relevant demos are included.
This is an opportunity for each participant to delve more deeply into their own work and medium in an immersive setting with Judith’s and the group’s input.
(Please note that this master-class is not intended to provide novice-level instruction in abstraction or Nihonga painting. It is for experienced abstract artists. Those seeking to learn the basics of Nihonga should consider Judith’s introductory workshops.