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Saturday Painting with John McCormick

Saturday Painting with John McCormick

Saturday, September 29, 9:30am - noon

Instructor: John McCormick


The practice of art can be part of our daily experience. Through this practice, we begin to realize a deeper communion with the world we live in and new ways of seeing. Saturday sessions are geared toward the practicing artist. Especially those artists who need to work through painting problems like being stuck and wanting to advance their work. The class will include understanding the importance of drawing quick sketches, the development of strong composition and value arrangement and the process of building a successful painting. We will review basic oil painting technique, including setting up a pallet, mixing colors, use of brushes, color theory and composition. Students will be encouraged to bring in their work and/or resource material to start new work in the class.

McCormick is a nationally recognized painter and master teacher. Individual guidance will be given to develop the unique strengths of each student. Also, with over 40 years of exhibition history, we will discuss questions regarding getting your work into galleries and other exhibition venues.

McCormick obtained his B.F.A. from the University of the Pacific and went on to earn a teaching credential at San Francisco State University. McCormick’s painting style clearly draws on western tradition, yet these contemporary landscapes have elements that unite aspects of traditional and modern styles and genres to create innovative paintings that are highly regarded throughout the country. The most recent paintings continue to demonstrate McCormick’s concern regarding environmental issues, and the fragility of our vanishing landscape.

Over the past forty 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, Sante Fe, Park City 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. McCormick continues to work and paint at his home and studio in the San Francisco Bay Area and is represented locally by the Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery.

F           Fees per session:   Members $60; Non-members $70

             Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 781 Hamilton Parkway 



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Cancellation Policy: Fees are due at time of registration. You may cancel up to one (1) week prior to start of class/workshop and the fee, less $25 for processing, will be refunded to you. Should MarinMOCA cancel a class/workshop, you will receive a full refund.

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