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Gowanus ArtLab Workshops 2017

Jessica Dalrymple at Artlab

Whole Foods Esplanade, SW Corner (near the water), 214 3rd St, Brooklyn 11215
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ArtLab Gowanus is a popup structure on the Whole Foods Esplanade that hosts monthly site-specific FREE art workshops, taught by local artists.

The “lab” is a steel-framed pop-up structure that provides flexible workspace for groups and individuals. There are built-in work surfaces, as well as storage for smaller drawing boards that participants can borrow for use in the nearby bench seating or around the neighborhood. By offering a space along the canal for site-specific art-making, this structure places value on different ways of seeing an often maligned water body and its surrounding neighborhood. It acts as a new lens along the Gowanus Canal, opening up opportunities for discovery through art and stewardship.

Please join us for a series of FREE workshops, below:

Artlab flyer 

GOWANUS ART LAB WORKSHOP DATES

All events are located on the Whole Foods Promenade, SW Corner (near the water), 214 3rd St, Brooklyn 11215. [Click here for exact location]

Abstracting the Gowanus with Rachael Wren
Sat, May 20, 2-4pm
In this workshop, participants will explore and experience the process of abstracting from the natural world.  Using pencil, charcoal, and ink, and working from observation of the Gowanus Canal, participants will be guided through a series of drawings in which they investigate the concepts of rhythm, mark, shape, texture, space, scale, and composition.  The emphasis will be on working quickly, making many small drawings.  Experimentation will be encouraged as we work towards the goal of creating images that capture the characteristics or essence of the Gowanus landscape we are observing, without being naturalistic representations of it.

Saturday, May 20, 2:00-4:00pm
Abstracting the Gowanus with Rachael Wren
In this workshop, participants will explore and experience the process of abstracting from the natural world.  Using pencil, charcoal, and ink, and working from observation of the Gowanus Canal, participants will be guided through a series of drawings in which they investigate the concepts of rhythm, mark, shape, texture, space, scale, and composition.  The emphasis will be on working quickly, making many small drawings.  Experimentation will be encouraged as we work towards the goal of creating images that capture the characteristics or essence of the Gowanus landscape we are observing, without being naturalistic representations of it.
www.rachaelwren.com
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Saturday, June 17, 12:00-2:00pm
From the Canal, Found Watercolor Compositions with Suzy Kopf
Participants will be led on a 20 minute walking excursion around Whole Foods and will look for articles of post consumer waste (discarded toys, plastic remnants, objects that generally feel out of place around the Canal) as well as any organic materials that are detached from plants (twigs, leaves, fallen flowers and rocks). Once everyone has collected an object or several objects, materials will be arranged as a shared still life set up and participants will compose a picture from life using a homemade viewfinder. Suzy will demonstrate observational watercolor painting— how to sketch the composition, paint from light to dark, reserve whites and control the water media.
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Wednesday, July 19, 6:00-8:00pm
Nature Journaling in the Urban Wilderness with Gabriel Willow
This workshops combines elements of nature observation and botanical illustration. Plants are an excellent subject matter, as they tend to stay still. Participants will look for various plants near the canal, whether invasive weeds, medicinal species, or native wildflowers. Often these species are overlooked, but even a small crack in the sidewalk or sunny corner of a parking lot can be home to a beautiful diversity of resilient plant-life.
Participants will sketch them using pen and pencil techniques, noting as many details about their form and habits as possible.  Approximately 30 minutes will be spent looking for subject matter, and the remaining 90 minutes will be spent practicing various techniques such as blind contour drawing, gesture drawing, and more detailed representational drawing to examine the form of our subject matter.
Participants are welcome to bring their own sketchbooks, but we will provide sketchbooks, paper, and writing utensils as needed.
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Saturday, August 5, 12:00-2:00pm
Sunday, August 6, 12:00-2:00pm
Due to potential thunderstorms, we have postponed this event to Sunday, 8/6, 12-2pm.
Gowanus Cyanotypes
In conjunction with her own cyanotype image flags flying over the Gowanus Canal this summer, Katarina Jerinic will teach participants in this workshop to make their own cyanotype prints related to the canal and surrounding neighborhood. Cyanotypes are a simple early photographic process, the reaction of chemistry to sunlight and water. Objects or film negatives are placed on chemically treated paper or fabric, exposed to sunlight, and then rinsed for a few minutes in ordinary water to develop the image. During the class, participants will explore the blocks and the park surrounding the ArtLab to gather ideas and objects for their cyanotype images, using the idea of a map or flag as a model. Back at the ArtLab, each participant will assemble collected objects and negatives provided by Jerinic into their own cyanotype image. Artists and non-artists of all skill levels can easily make a successful print using this process. Jerinic will also supply a list of materials and resources so that after the class, participants can continue to experiment with this inexpensive and simple process. 

Katarina makes maps, photographs and invented navigational guides that respond to and intervene in the built environment. Recently, she has been making photographs of the surface of the Gowanus Canal, with its floating debris, mucky formations and reflections of Brooklyn skies, signs and structures.
More about Katarina Jerinic here

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Saturday, September 16, 12:00-2:00pm
Gowanus Plein-Air
After a brief introduction to the plein-air or painting outside process and thoughts on what participants should consider, limited time, light changing and each individual’s skill level, we’ll dive in and start working. The points we’ll focus on, are to really observe the subject matter, keep it simple and try to capture the essence of the day. The end goal will be for participants to have a great experience, connection to their environment and maybe inspire some to continue plein-air painting.

Janice is a painter and always trying to find beauty in undesirable places. She paints traditional landscapes of and around the Brooklyn Waterfront, including The Brooklyn Navy Yard and the Gowanus Canal, a toxic super fund site. Janice paints both plein-air and in the studio, which is located on the border of Red Hook and Gowanus.
www.janicemcdonnell.com

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