CELEBRATING SUMMER 2014! New Workshops with Dean Nimmer

Announcing my new summer painting, drawing and printmaking workshops – new approaches, new subjects and new ideas! These innovative workshops present opportunities to expand your art knowledge, techniques and re-energize your enjoyment of making art. Classes are open to all levels of experience.


1.  EXPERIMENTAL MONOPRINTS :  Sunday, June 15 – 11am to 3pm

We will create off-press monoprints (one-of-a-kind prints) using Plexiglas plates, paper collagraphs, direct transfer and hand-rubbed printing techniques, in combination with collage and drawing and painting methods to achieve unique and dramatic results in your art.


2.  COLLAGE-A-THON:  Sunday, June 29 – 11am to 3pm

Collage is a medium that is accessible to everyone who enjoys the simple process of putting curious images and found objects together in art. This class takes advantage of your interest in collage to expand your ideas and techniques using paper, cardboard, wood and other items scavenged from your attic, garage and the trash. The goal for the day is to make as much as we can with no critiques, no guilt and no thinking about “good or bad art”!


3. ABSTRACT PORTRAITURE:  Sunday, July 20 – 11am to 3pm

We will create self-portraits and images of others based on our subjective, emotional interpretations rather than physical appearances. We’ll create drawings, paintings and collages that emphasize dramatic color, texture and contrast that focus on emotions and energy. The best part is that no one can say, “That doesn’t look like you!”  Abstract portraits can look anyway you want them to and each one is different. Trust me, this will be a good time!


4.  DROPKICK ART SLAM!:  Sunday, August 3 – 11am to 3pm

.Think of this as a dramatic journey into the realm of the “happy accident” where risk-taking and chance are the key players directing your unplanned drawing and painting compositions to unexpectedly good (or at least “interesting”) results. Working with drawing, painting and collage, we will artistically answer the Clint Eastwood question – “Are ya feeling lucky today?”


5.  STOP WHINING AND DRAW!:  Sunday, August 17 – 11am to 3pm

If you procrastinate and obsess about making art, this class is for you! This workshop is a non-stop, no time to think or whine, drawing/painting session that emphasizes passion, process and pleasure over fussy picture making. This marathon session will help you overcome your fears and obstacles to making art while keeping your sanity intact along the way!


6.  REALISM AND ABSTRACTION – THE ODD BEDFELLOWS:  Saturday, August 23 – 11am to 3pm

This special workshop focuses on the commonalities and contrasts between painting realistically and taking an abstract approach to observed subjects. Team-taught by myself and realist artist, Paul Leveille, we will teach the group hands-on techniques for drawing and painting in each art form.


* All of the workshops are $100 per session if taken separately. A summer Season Pass that covers admission to all 6 workshops is 50% off at $300. * To reserve a place in an individual workshop or make a deposit on a season pass, please send a $50 deposit check made out to: Dean Nimmer 146 Allyn St, Holyoke, MA 01040 * Workshops take place at the Gateway City Arts building at 92 Race Street, Holyoke, MA 01040. * I will send everyone directions to Gateway City Arts and a recommended list of materials beyond those provided in an email a week prior to the workshop you are enrolled in. Exhibition and Party! We will have an exhibition and celebration of works created by everyone who participated in the summer sessions at Gateway City Arts. Open to the public; please bring your friends and family! Date and time to be announced. Professor Emeritus, Dean Nimmer, is the author of the successful book, Art from Intuition, and the former Chair of Fine Arts at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Dean is the 2010 winner of the “Distinguished Teaching of Art Award” given by the College Art Association, the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Wisconsin and he’s listed in the Marcus, Who’s Who in American Art for 2013. Dean’s new book, Creating Abstract Art, comes to bookstores in the fall of 2014.   CELEBRATING SUMMER! New Workshops with Dean Nimmer Auto Draw w Direct-prints w Group-Ptg w Mixed-media w Real-Abst-1w CELEBRATING SUMMER! New Workshops with Dean Nimmer


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