10 HOURS | 4 MODELS | 1 DAY | 100 PAINTINGS.

On Saturday, October 2, 2010, I was fortunate enough to participate in Painting Marathon: The One Hundred, a painting workshop offered by the School of Visual Arts.

This workshop asked participants to bring in 120 pieces of prepared ground of identical size. An instructor would guide the flow over the next ten hours, using word association, props and live models to create a world of visual stimulation. The artist would have a minimal timeframe in which to generate an artwork inspired by what they saw. By the end of the day, most students would end up with anywhere between 70-100 pieces of newly created artwork.

Some paintings worked out better than others. The most interesting aspect of the course was taking the lesser-successful pieces and starting an entirely new piece directly on top of it. The mixture of two totally unrelated paintings often proved to be a successful result and salvaged pieces that might otherwise have been thrown out.

Presented here is the entire body of work produced for the one single workshop. SVA offers this workshop during their spring and fall Continuing Ed course listings, and I highly recommend it for artists of all still levels.


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