Date: March 13-15, 2020
Time: 9:30 AM- 4:30 PM
Medium: Oil or Acrylics
This workshop will concentrate on deepening and cultivating the visual process by looking critically at nature and understanding the structure and underpinning of the perceived landscape. Emphasis will be placed on the perceptual processes in front of nature, the editorial response that follows, and the way that perception translates into paint.
There will be an emphasis on drawing as a means to begin and develop visual awareness. We will be responding to nature rather than trying to document it. I will encourage visual awareness, expansion of perceptual understanding and fun within the painting process.
Nature can be overwhelming and clouded with details. I will discuss, demonstrate and encourage awareness of how to eliminate irrelevant distractions and think clearly about our approach to the visual encounter outdoors; how to think conceptually, perceptually and technically about what is needed to make art using nature as our starting point.
This workshop is for students with a basic understanding of drawing and painting. Students should be familiar with the materials used in this course.
Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, McCormick’s father was an artist, and an accomplished draftsman, so John was given training and encouragement from early childhood. McCormick obtained his B.F.A. from the University of the Pacific where he studied with Larry Walker (father of Kara Walker) and went on to earn a teaching credential at San Francisco State University. Over the past thirty years McCormick has exhibited his work both domestically and internationally. These exhibition venues include the Triton Museum of Art, the United States Embassy in Moscow and galleries in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Sun Valley and New York. His work is included in many private and corporate collections including Stanford University and the Nasu Highland Resort in Japan. Additionally his work was featured in the film Vanilla Sky with actor Tom Cruise.