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Painting as a Narrative with Kottie Paloma

Portrait of Kottie Paloma in front of his art works
Photo by Alice Davis

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Our Art Studio
The Art Studio, full of natural light was designed by our Italian architect and offers a spacious open plan layout of 55 m 2. It is available at all times during your stay.

Artist Kottie Paloma leads into the techniques and prerequisites of building up a back story in painting.

About this course:

Course description: Kottie Paloma first introduces what is a narrative in painting followed by a discussion on how abstraction and other genres in painting can be used as a narrative to tell a story. There will be a brief presentation of Kottie Paloma’s art and examples of how painting can be a narrative by artists from the past and the present. The participantswill begin to explore what their narrative is and how they can use it to tell a story through their paintings. Kottie will meet with each student individually to discuss what their goals are in painting and how to build upon what they already know about their painting and how to push it forward using the narrative concept. Students will be required to bring their sketchbooks and will be encouraged to take notes.

Kottie will also introduce you to techniques for building a narrative. Short segments from the classic documentary “Painters Painting” featuring Willem de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Motherwell, and others will be screened. Students will explore their narrative by painting as much and as fast as they can. The goal is to work into the narrative through quick free form painting, allowing the subconscious to guide the story. It is through this act of sketch painting and not thinking too much about the final outcome of each individual exercise that will allow a story to form. After an hour of this we will then study the results of the exercise so that we can build upon a series within the individual narrative based on the exercise we just performed.

Students are encouraged to bring up to 20 – 40 loose sheets of paper in a size they feel comfortable with.Students will have a free day of painting at Clos Mirabel, with individual discussion throughout. We will look athow color shapes your narrative. Exercises in working ‘loose and large’ and ‘small and intimate’ will be put forward based on your developing narrative. Individual discussion to develop ideas for personal responses to the narrative will be encouraged. An optional group critique of ideas and work can be organized to help develop your paintings.

Evening exhibition in the double living room of Clos Mirabel.

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