MANEUVERING THROUGH MYSTERY WITH STANKA KORDIC
- Course is Open! Self-Study!
- Instructor – Stanka Kordic
- 6+ Hours of Instruction
- Lifetime Access/Downloadable Content
- Private Facebook Group
- Course Price – $129
DO YOU LOVE ARTWORK THAT IS FULL OF MYSTERY AND EMOTION? ARE YOU READY TO LET GO OF CONTROL AND ALLOW YOUR PAINTING TO REVEAL ITSELF TO YOU?
There are many layers to my paintings and each layer is important. They are like an onion! In this course, you will learn how to build your paintings very slowly. Explore decision making, including what to keep, and what to cover up. Every inch of your canvas is important - the background, the subject, the paint, all of it! By working in this way, you will learn to create a richer experience for yourself.
Practice connecting with your artwork so that you can create something that is truly meaningful to you personally. In this course, you will practice looking at your painting, and find something new and exciting each time. A lot of this process will be to accept things as they are, and let go of things that you can’t control, and in the end be okay with things as they reveal themselves to you. Be comfortable in the silences. Trust the not knowing and that eventually the painting will come out.
*** This course is geared toward intermediate level with a strong foundation in portraiture
By the end of this course students will be introduced to the following concepts:
- Experiment with different ways of creating a painting
- Begin your paintings with a monochromatic start
- Work on top of an old painting
- Explore glazing, transparent and opaque
- Experiment with nontraditional tools for mark making
- Discover new ways of using painter's tape in your work
- Gather the patience to work in layers
- Cultivate a steady mindset amidst the chaos of not knowing the end result
- Let go of expectations
- Use source materials as a guide
- Finding the narrative in your painting rather than creating it
- Discover your own personal process
- Work in a limited palette and add color as needed
COURSE IS OPEN!
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Prerecorded - Work at Your Own Pace
Cost - $129
DESCRIPTION OF LESSONS
In our first lesson, we will begin by working on a diptych. A diptych is really two canvases, or panels that are meant to be one painting when put together. We will begin with a grisaille painting, which is a monochromatic under painting. This way of painting begins with a bit of a plan, but then we will move very slowly, building up layers and letting our intuition guide us. I will share several tools that I use as I create layers, which include painters tape, scrapers, palette knives, a variety of brushes, wax, and more! We will explore a lot of decision making, which will include deciding what to include, and what to cover up. In the end you will have two paintings, that can be hung together, to create a beautiful, rich piece of art!
Our second lesson will begin in a much different way. We will take an old painting, one that we started but never finished, and start anew. We will study the painting and see with new eyes. This approach will have us looking for a face or figure somewhere within the painting. Once we find the face, we will again slowly build layers allowing the painting to reveal itself to us. We will explore a lot of decision making again, which will include deciding what to include, and what to cover up. For this piece, I used a similar palette to the diptych, so that all three could be hung on the same wall together, if desired. In the end, you will learn two approaches to beginning a painting, and have a grouping of three to hang together!
MEET STANKA KORDIC - ARTIST/INSTRUCTOR
Stanka Kordic graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1985 with a major in illustration and a minor in painting. in 1988 she left the commercial world of illustration to establish an art studio and devote her time to painting. Since 2009 she has concentrated on personal figure work. Her awards include the Gold Medal of Honor in Painting from Allied Artists of America and two Certificates of Excellence from the Portrait Society of America International Competition. Her work has been exhibited in venues nationally, among them, the National Arts Club and the Salmagundi Club, in New York City; and the Butler Institute of American Art, in Youngstown, Ohio. Her work is included in the book Disrupted Realism: Paintings for a Distracted World by John Seed, featuring works of artists from around the world.
PRIVATE GROUP JUST FOR YOU!
This course will have a private Facebook group just for you! I will be actively involved with the class via Facebook during the four weeks that the course is open! I am really excited about working through these exercises with each of you!
Below is a list of the supplies that I will be using for the projects in this course. However, you are always encouraged to use what you have on hand. A quick note: I use oils, but I do believe you could use acrylic paints with a glazing medium. I do not know what you could use in place of the cold wax should you use acrylics. Cold wax does not work with acrylic paint.
- Rigid substrate of your choice (prepared Masonite, birch with some time of primer, linen mounted on board)
- Brushes of your choice
- Oil paint of your choice. I am using oil paints in the following:
- White (anything but zinc)
- Naples yellow
- Yellow ochre
- Alizarin crimson
- Ultramarine blue
- W/N burnt sienna
- Raw umber
- Green gold
- Kings blue
- Alkyd medium of your choice for quicker dry time. I used Gamblin solvent free
- Cold wax medium
- Old credit card or a stiff card type scraper
- Printmaking brayer with a sponge middle and coated outside
- Oil pencil (I used Jerry’s Jumbo Jet Black)
- Wedge type tool
- Anything else you would think would make an interesting mark
- Painting tape
- Solvent for clean up and the first, lean layer