Professional Development Programs and Workshops

Up Coming Programs and Workshops

The Character of Place: A Hands-On Professional Development Program in the Visual and Performing Arts: May 20-June 19, 2020, Florence, Italy

The Character of Place

Spending some time in a new or foreign setting rejuvenates the senses and promotes an enhanced or heightened understanding of our work in the arts. Join us May 20- June 19, 2020 in Florence, Italy for an intensive 4 week professional development program for working artists with experience in any or all of the three areas of theatre, two-dimensional (drawing and/or painting) and three-dimensional art (jewelry and/or found object sculpture).

The Learning Experience

For practitioners working in the arts interdisciplinary studies allows them to make connections between ideas and concepts across different disciplinary boundaries. Interdisciplinary studies in the arts enabling practitioners to apply the knowledge gained in one discipline to another as a way of deepening their learning and means of personal expression.

The Character of Place: is a 4 week inter and intra disciplinary program that  addresses the questions:  “How is it that the aesthetic narrative can only happen here? What is the particular character of this place that gives it the ability to carry a specific narrative content?”

 This program will use the arts to explore how the character of place can advance an aesthetic narrative.  Participation in at least one of three focused areas will be balanced with interdisciplinary group discussions and directed activities. The discussions and activities will take place in the morning (9:00-10:00), with the focused areas  taking place in the morning (10:30-12:00), afternoon (1:00-3:00) and/or evening (times to be determined).

For More Information about the program please click on the following link:

https://www.vitainstitute.org/italy-2020/

If  you have questions for Dr. Edwards, Dr. Seastrum or Professor Wells please contact Vita at: info@vitainstitute.org.

Online Registration:

https://www.vitainstitute.org/online-registration-form-for-the-character-of-place-florence-italy-may-20-june-19-2020/

Registration by Mail: To Register for on of The Character of Place Three Focus Ares please click on the following link.  There you will find the application form:

https://www.vitainstitute.org/application-form-for/

Registration Closing Date: January 31st, 2020

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Continuing Programs and Workshops

Finding Your “Voice”: Developing an Authentic Aesthetic Narrative in Your Work:  “This is who I am. This is what I have to say!”                                                                                                                                             November 5 through December 3, 2019.

 

On Line Registration:

https://www.vitainstitute.org/registration-form-for-finding-your-voice/

This program of inquiry is designed for anyone who would like to more fully develop their “voice” as an artist and understand how to apply fundamental composition techniques and application principles in developing an authentic aesthetic narrative in their work.

For the purposes of this program of inquiry  “authentic”  describes an artist whose personal creative voice is based within their individual concepts and directions resistant to the imposition of commercial demands, gallery interference, cultural norms regarding taste, genre or any other external restraints. Artists who are authentic will, by the very nature of their artistic practice, be “original,” but not clichéd originality based on the obvious tactic of being different for the sake of difference

Rather than being a single focus workshop this is a continuing program of study that is dedicated to the creation of dynamic and meaningful compositions expressive of the artists authentic aesthetic voice, a personal voice developed through a process of discussion, critiques, demonstrations and application “assignments.” This program of study is broken up into 5-week sections of 3 hours per class. Between the 5-week sections there would be a two-week break. Beginning with the first five-week section and continuing on each five-week section would build on the information and applications of the preceding five-week section. This structure could be continued as long as “students” are interested.

The program is intended for participants with experience in water-based media (watercolor and/or acrylic paints), colored pencils, pastels, and/or graphite.  Because the participants select their media it is important for them to have a familiarity and experience working with that chosen media, the elements, and principles of composition including color, space, shape, form, line, and texture.

Location: MetaSpace,  901 West Tomichi Avenue, Gunnison, Colorado

Tuesday  November 5 trough December 3, 2019                                                                             1-4 p.m.

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Previous Programs/Workshops Offered by Vita

Fundamental Color Concepts in Drawing and Painting                 

This intensive, hands-on course of study is designed for anyone who would like to more fully develop their use of color as an artist and understand how to apply fundamental color concepts and techniques in developing expressive and dynamic composition

The course will cover Itten’s 7 color concepts, hue, value, saturation, complementary contrast, contrast of extension, simultaneous contrast, cool/warm contrast. Each class will begin with an in-depth look at one of the seven contrasts followed by directed application studies of that type of contrast. A majority of the class (studio) time will be allotted to the directed application assignments. We will begin with the simplest of the seven contrasts and work toward the more complex. Upon completion of this course participants have a collection of studies that they can take back to their personal studios and use as source material for more in-depth and completed compositions.

Fundamental Color Concepts in Drawing and Painting is 7-week. Each class will be held on Saturday from 1-4 pm running on consecutive Saturdays for the seven weeks.

The program is intended for participants with experience in water-based media (watercolor and/or acrylic paints), colored pencils and/or pastels.  Because the participants select their media it is important for them to have a familiarity and experience working with their chosen material(s).

A minimum number of 5 “students” will be required to hold the course. To maker sure that we can keep this as individual as possible the maximum number of “students” will be 8.

Fundamental Principles of Linear Perspective

Linear Perspective is a system of creating an impression of depth on a flat surface. This
course covers the principles and techniques used in one, two and three point
perspective. This is not a drawing or painting technique class and is open to anyone
who would like to know more about the way to create proper size, scale and
proportion of images as they appear in actual space. We work with basic materials,
drawing pencils, rulers, erasers and drawing paper.

Rather than being a single focus workshop this is a continuing program of study that is dedicated to the development of dynamic and meaningful compositions through a process of discussion, critiques, demonstrations and application “assignments.” This program of study is  5-week sections of 3 hours per class.

The program is intended for participants with experience in the arts but are seeking a greater understanding of the fundamentals of liner perspective from basic concepts through advanced application.