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Dean Nimmer

Painting in the Mode - Impressionism, Cubism, and Abstract Expressionism

Session Two - June 17-23, 2018

Course Description
This class will explore painting and drawing focused on three art movements – Impressionism, Cubism, and Abstract Expressionism. We will study masterworks of each movement and develop compositions and studies based on the techniques and philosophy of each movement. Rather than trying to simply copy the outward appearance of a particular genre, we will use our eyes and imagination to interpret nature filtered through these uniquely dynamic perspectives.

This class will emphasize sketching and loose interpretations of each movement rather than producing finished artworks this week. To that end, we will use acrylics, watercolors, and dry drawing media rather than oil paints for this class.

Though some familiarity with these art movements is helpful, this class is open to all levels of experience from novice painters to working professional artists.

Artist's Biography
Emeritus Professor Dean Nimmer is the former Chair of the Painting, Printmaking programs at Massachusetts College of Art, where he taught from 1970 to 2004. Dean was selected as the 2015 “Community Teacher of the Year” by the Massachusetts Art Education Association, as well as winning the 2011 “Distinguished Alumnus Award” from the University of Wisconsin and the 2010, “Distinguished Teaching of Art Award”, given by the 16,000-member College Art Association. Dean was nominated for the 2017 National Emeritus Professor of the Year Award given by the National Art Education Association.

Dean has exhibited his art in over 200 solo and group exhibitions across the US and in Europe, Asia, and Australia. Dean’s artworks are in numerous public and private collections including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, DeCordova Art Museum, Smith College Art Museum, and the New York Public Library.

Dean is the author of the 5-star rated book, Creating Abstract Art, (North Light Books, 2014) and his first successful book, Art from Intuition, (Random House, 2008), is currently in its 7th printing.

Artist's Statement
I am an artist who creates directly from my imagination and instincts. At one point I challenged myself to make 1,000 paintings in a year to overcome my own blocks and find new directions for my art. This art marathon produced a breakthrough that made me focus more on the mysterious, subjective core of my artmaking where trusting the process itself is key.

When painting I tune into a 'Don't Think!' mode – a form of aesthetic meditation - that keeps out unwanted noise and anxious queries that can break my concentration. This way of working is akin to how a jazz musician plays a complete improvisation letting his instrument lead the way, or how a sculptor like Brancusi carves a block of marble to "liberate the form concealed within”.

My paintings succeed when I find unexpected and often outright strange compositions formed from the lines, shapes, colors, and textures that are prospected from my own inner experience, revealing an inspiring way to explore the catacombs beneath the floor of our everyday life.

Website: Dean Nimmer

Supply List:

  • Acrylic, tempera or watercolor paints (water soluble oils are acceptable)
  • Range of at least 10 different tube colors to work with
  • Assortment of brushes to and a pad (15 or so sheets), of 18 x 24 inches) of at least 80lb drawing or mixed media paper
  • Black and white and color drawing media such as, charcoal, pastels, colored pencils etc.
  • Bring your own sketchbook, (I recommend just a clipboard and copy paper – nothing fancy), a box of standard pushpins and any other painting or drawing tools you like to use, but do not bring canvas or expensive art papers that won’t be used.
  • NOTE: The class will provide you with some additional heavy weight paper to use for the projects as well as simple palettes to mix color, containers for water, paper towels and other basics you needn’t bring.

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Dean Nimmer

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