Drawing/ Painting: Tessa Greene O’Brien & Alan Prazniak

July 24 – 30

Painting the Weather – Weather is the “x” factor in any landscape, controlling light & shadows, obscuring the view, and creating drama or a heightened sense of clarity. What does freezing cold air look like? How does fog land on trees? What color is an April rainstorm? In this painting and drawing workshop, students will investigate the kinds of marks, colors, and materials that can create a sense of atmosphere within an artwork. Over the course of the week, students will be led through a series of studio exercises, short writing prompts, and plein air excursions around the Monson area. O’Brien & Prazniak will provide art historical context and examples of artists whose work investigates weather phenomena, and discuss their own approaches to the subject. Students will learn to prepare multiple types of surfaces, and will work in gouache, watercolor, ink, and graphite. Oil paints are optional if a student wishes to bring their own. All levels are welcome.

Tessa Greene O’Brien makes paintings that reference light and play with architectural space, using a variety of mediums and techniques to convey a sense of atmosphere & place. She received her MFA from Maine College of Art, her BS from Skidmore College, and is represented by Dowling Walsh Gallery. She has been an artist-in-residence at Surfpoint Foundation, Tides Institute, Joseph A. Fiore Residency, Monson Arts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Vermont Studio Center, Hewnoaks, and the Stephen Pace House in Stonington, Maine. She has received several grants and awards including the Ellis Beauregard Travel Grant, St Boltoph’s Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award, Maine Arts Commission Project Grant, and the Joseph A Fiore Painting Prize. She is a co-director of Able Baker Contemporary gallery, and resides in South Portland, ME. tessagreenobrien.com

Alan Prazniak is a painter whose work regards place, diary, and drawing as paramount. He was raised on a horse farm in Pennsylvania before receiving a BFA from Tyler School of Art and an MFA from Rutgers. Recently Prazniak has exhibited at Hesse Flatow (New York), Kristen Lorello (New York), Five Car Garage (Los Angeles), and is represented by Geary Contemporary in New York. His work has been written about in Art Forum, Forbes, and Two Coats of Paint. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. geary.nyc/alan-prazniak

This workshop is currently full. Please contact us if you would like to be added to the waitlist.