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Push Pull Figure Drawing and Painting: “Theory and Inspiration from Hans Hofmann and His Students” with Laura Shabott


Cape Cod Museum of Art
60 Hope Lane
Dennis, Massachusetts
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The Museum School at the Cape Cod Museum of Art presents:
Push Pull Figure Drawing and Painting: Theory and Inspiration from Hans Hofmann and His Students with Laura Shabott
2-Day Workshop, Saturday, October 7 – Sunday, October 8, 2023, from 10:00-3:00 pm
Member $165 / Non-Member $180; includes model fee.

Why is the foundation of modern drawing and painting, Hans Hoffman’s theory of push/pull, so engaging and enduring when making art? Students will create drawings, collages, or paintings that respond to this natural law and working from the figure will support you in discovering your authentic visual language.
The course begins will a short presentation of Hofmann students Red Grooms, Jan Mueller, Lester Johnson and Tony Vevers. Guided exercises will give you a working knowledge of how lines, shapes, and compositions push and pull on a two-dimensional surface. Compassionate and enlivening critique and discussions about work being made happens throughout the two days.
Bring lunch for an included 30-minute lunch break.
Suggested Supply List: Also, use up what you already have!
If you want to use collage or paper and markers, plan to have material for seven to ten pieces. If working large over 4 feet or more, please let us know. One 18 x 24” sized white acid-free drawing pad with at least 25 sheets. Strathmore Windpower, XL Sketch are two options. There is great benefit in seeing how other people approach drawing on the same-sized surface.
One package of vine charcoal: Grumbacher soft 3-sticks
Other charcoals: for ex: Derwent XL Charcoal Blocks (very dusty, but rich)
One artist chamois
Two Faber Castelli kneadable art erasers
One acid-free glue stick: Avery, Blick, 3M are good.Scotch tape (temporary so any kind will do)
Gloves (like for food prep)
Hand wipes for hands and face
Bring unfinished or overworked paintings to paint over a
Underpainted or canvases with white, dark, or clear gesso
Preferred paint medium: acrylic, oil, or water-based oil; if you want to use other materials, email laura@laurashabott.com
Big brushes, scraper, and printmaking tools. Buy hardware store brushes if you do not own large oil and acrylic brushes.
Surface to mix paint on – palette.
Rags and cleaning materials: Gamsol, walnut oil, or lavender brush cleaning soap
American artist Laura Shabott makes paintings, drawings and collage that respond to the human form with boldness, strength, and originality. She is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at TUFTS. Represented by Berta Walker Gallery, her art is in the permanent collection of PAAM, Provincetown. She is a 2023 recipient of the inaugural AFCC Creative Exchange Capacity Building Grant in partnership with MassMOCA’s Assets4Artists. www.laurashabott.com
Image credit: Shabott, Untitled (Pink Woman in Corner), mixed media on paper, 60 x 42 inches


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