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Figure Drawing into Painting with Gregory Botts

Figure Painting, Drawing into Painting with Gregory Botts Gregory Botts October 20 – November 1 | $1,000 + $250 model fee Gregory Botts attended the School of Visual Arts in 1970 and the Skowhegan School in 1972. He has shown in NYC since 1984, having held 8 one person shows at the Anne Plumb Gallery, he most recently showed at the Salander & O’Reilly Gallery, NYC and Gerald Peters Gallery, in Santa Fe, NM. He spent much of the 1990′s painting in the Western US. He worked on what became, a somewhat Whitmanian epic of the “Open Road,” or as his 1993 show at Tony Shafrazi Gallery, in NY was titled, “The Western Jaunt.” He continues these Western paintings today. Recently he returned to Long Island and continued the similar system there, to make something of the place. Gregory’s method includes the making of site paintings each summer. He then enlarges them as studio paintings. A figure is often added and this creates a loose narrative. This Narrative system is set beside another more Abstract (cropped) style. The juxtapositions of surfaces representing past (distant) and future (close) spaces create a sense of the present moment constantly evolving. A book of poetry titled, “Clouds, leaves, waves” was published by Turtle Point Press in 1996, which detailed his painting trips throughout the US. Gregory works in NYC and Abiquiu, New Mexico. Visit Gregory’s website to learn more and see examples of his work. Course Overview: This class will evolve through first drawing on paper with Conte crayon, then move on to painting with acrylics and then oils. Using a live model each day, the focus of the first week will be drawing and acrylic painting; the second week will be devoted to painting the figure in oil. Students will also examine art history, using it as a guide throughout the class.