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Let’s Face It: Creative Self Portraits with Amy Cohen
August 17 @ 9:00 am - August 18 @ 12:00 pm
Thursday & Friday, August 17 & 18, 2023 9:00 AM- 12 PM
Class limited to 12
$150 per person, materials included
Tweens to 95
No Experience Necessary. Really!
How do you want to depict yourself? Portraits created in this workshop will provide a snapshot in time, showing who you are at this moment.
On day one, you will learn how to draw a realistic black and white pencil portrait of the head. Amy will do a demonstration on measuring and proportion necessary to depict a representational head, and then work one-on-one with participants on their self-portraits.
Day two will focus on creating a portrait of your Psychological Selves. We will begin with a demonstration/lecture with examples of how pencil manipulation, composition, scale, proportion and light can be employed to create a portrait that goes beyond straight representation.
Amy Cohen is a renowned artist and educator whose award-winning work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions, articles and a short film. Cohen’s collages, paintings, sculpture and interdisciplinary performances and installations deal with the vulnerability of the human condition. As a consultant to corporations, schools, arts organizations and the mental health field, Cohen has been commissioned to create her unique community-based projects illuminating social, psychological or historic issues. Her work, accessible to a diverse population, inspires introspection, creativity, communication and community-building. Her projects have engaged others in communal healing as well as personal transformation through art. Cohen was awarded a Gradiva Award by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis for fostering deeper understanding of the human psychology through her work. In tandem with her career as a working artist, Cohen is also an accomplished art educator, with extensive experience teaching children, teens and adults in a broad range of educational and cultural settings. The hallmark of her teaching style is the ability to encourage artists and non-artists alike to master skills in a safe environment, and to develop a unique creative voice.
BFA Honors, Rhode Island School of Design
MFA, Tyler School of Art