2023 Fall Conference
Award Presentation & Art Party
Friday, Nov. 10, 2023
Mississippi Children's Museum
More info coming soon!
Working in the still life tradition of 17th century Dutch painters, Glennray Tutor elicits a sense of wonder from his viewers through the direct presentation of contemporary commonplace items. Home canned as well as store-bought jars of vegetables, fruit, jellies; toys; fireworks; candies; marbles; all of these transformed into visual treasures. “He draws us into his painted world to marvel at the commonplace artifacts of daily life and, through his mastery of the painting technique, shows them to us as if we are seeing them for the first time.” His painted objects protrude as 3-dimensional objects into the viewer’s space. Presenting his subjects distilled through the techniques of 17th Century Dutch masters into a 21st Century hyper-realism, Tutor coyly reminds us that truth and illusion are partners in the artist’s game. He draws us into his paintings to marvel at the artifacts of daily life, as if seeing them for the first time. We are magically given new, heightened awareness of shapes, colors, contents through Tutor’s impeccable painting technique and surface finish. Perhaps he invites us to speculate about the nature of his artistic metaphors, for the images abound with suggestions and allusions. Barry Hannah once wrote “The paintings of Tutor are like life after a glaucoma operation. A whole new vision is given to us.” “My work is all about the renewal of the sense of wonder,” Tutor says. “I’m celebrating being here in this miraculous existence.”
Thursday Studio Sessions:
Painting Master Class
with Glennray Tutor
Explore the captivating world of photorealism painting with acclaimed artist Glennray Tutor in this immersive, hands-on workshop. Delve into the techniques and insights that have defined Tutor's iconic style, as he guides you through the process of drawing and transferring complex compositions and utilizing color theory to transform ordinary subjects into extraordinary masterpieces. Join us for an enriching experience that will redefine your approach to acrylic painting and inspire your students to perceive the extraordinary in the ordinary.
Material Intuition & Experimentation
with Bailey Hughes
In this workshop we will learn to work intuitively with a large variety of materials as we practice our ability to sustain focus and work in series. Play will be our process as we engage materials and techniques to expand our personal visual vocabulary. We will release the pressure of making finished work by working in series and on multiple surfaces. By the end of class, you will have developed a mixed media series of works completely unique to your style and abilities. The goal of this workshop is to learn to listen more closely to the desires of the materials themselves and allow meaning to come slowly over time. Let’s experiment together and see what we discover!
Unlock Your Creativity: Mastering Smart Phone Photography
with Felicia Lee
Discover the art of composing new and inventive digital art with just your smartphone! Join us for an immersive workshop that will elevate your photography and art making skills to new heights. In today's digital age, your smartphone is more than just a (sometimes intimidating) communication device – it's a powerful tool for creating stunning visual stories. Whether you're a beginner looking to grasp the basics or an experienced photographer aiming to learn some fun new techniques, this workshop offers something for everyone. Felicia will show you hidden tools of your smartphone and digital magic, all tailored to the capabilities of your smartphone camera with the help of a few free apps. Attendees will not only learn new tools but create photo compositions inspired by fine art to street art and leave with a camera bag full of new skills and a few tricks up their sleeve. Join us and embark on a journey to unlock your inner artist through the lens of your smartphone.
Experimenting with Cut Paper & Mixed Media Techniques with Robin Martéa
Unleash your creativity and delve into the world of cut paper and mixed media artistry. Through an exploration of techniques, materials, and artistic concepts, workshop participants will learn how to craft artworks that combine the tactile beauty of cut paper with the limitless possibilities of mixed media.
Reencounter Art in the Human Form: An Artistic Transformation
with Andrew Young
In this workshop, participants will explore live figure drawing like never before. Using a wide range of drawing and painting materials, participants will be guided through a series of traditional drawing exercises such as gesture and contour of the draped live model by professional artist, Andrew Young. Afterwards, participants will prepare to collage a final art surface that explores the interlocking planes and multi-dimensional expressions of the human figure.