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Teacher's Symposium -- Freewheeling: Color in the Digital Age

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ClassGraphic Teacher’s symposium events offer unique professional development opportunities for art educators to come together and learn new creative skills to bring back to their classroom.
The program includes:
--Presentation by the leading contemporary artist
--Hands-on artmaking workshop with the artist
--Gallery exercises exploring ways to view and interpret contemporary art
--Five professional development hours upon completion of the symposium
--Lesson plans as a take home
Day includes a light breakfast and a one hour break for lunch.

The title of this Teacher's Symposium is "Freewheeling: Color in the Digital Age"

Since the dawn of the computer age, in the 1960s, color has increasingly become the result of disembodied digital production. Rather than sunlight reflecting off of an object, we see color disconnected from the world, synthetic, pre-programmed light emanating from a screen.  As a result, the color wheel, based on 19th century (and earlier) conceptions of color does not have the same relevance for artists.  Even going the scientific route and studying the different wavelengths and frequencies of color does not take into account how we all perceive color differently according to our particular genetic makeup and cultural associations.  As the philosopher Mary Mothersill said, "color is not a problem to be solved, but rather a perplexity that does not blow away."  In this workshop we will discuss how our own relationships to color have changed since the dawn of the digital age, and how artists can create their own system of color investigation -- one that recognizes and embraces its own failures and limitations.  Attendees will engage in an artist-led project designed to explore and discover your own personal relationship to color in the digital age.
This program will be taught by contemporary artist Maureen McQuillan
Artist Maureen McQuillan explores aspects of growth and unpredictability, repetition and imperfection in the process and activity of drawing itself.  Her work over the last two decades has ranged over many diverse mediums including printer's ink and resin on paper, cameraless photography and installation.  "Currently, I am making drawings that flout the traditional separation between line and color in Western aesthetics and explore the possibilities inherent in my own incredibly flawed system of color investigation." McQuillan is based in Brooklyn, and has been exhibiting her work both nationally and internationally for two decades.  Her most recent solo exhibition, in 2015, at McKenzie Fine Art (NYC) was entitled “Process Color.” Group exhibitions include:  Le VOG Contemporary Arts Center, Fontaine and The College of Art and Design, Grenoble, France; The Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, Maryland; The Drawing Center, NY; The Islip Art Museum, NY; The College of New Rochelle, NY; and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Wisconsin, among many others. McQuillan's work has been mentioned and reproduced in The New York Times, Newsday, The Boston Globe, TimeOut, The San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, ARTnews, Architectural Digest and Art on Paper, and her work is held in private and public collections all over the world.  In 2017, McQuillan was awarded a public art commission from MTA/Arts and Design to create artwork for a NYC subway station which to be completed in the spring of 2018.  Maureen McQuillan is represented by McKenzie Fine Art in New York.

PLEASE NOTE: If your school needs to be invoiced in order to pay for this program, please contact us to register. Call 908-273-9121 ext 213 or at, and speak with Sarah Walko.

Class Details

1 Sessions
Weekly - Thu

Visual Arts Center of New Jersey

No Instructor 



Registration Closes On
Thursday, May 10, 2018 @ 12:00 AM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
5/10/2018 - 5/10/2018 Weekly - Thu 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Summit, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey  Map No Instructor 

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