October 10-12 | 2020
10 am-5 pm
Instructor:  Frederick Brosen

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October 10-12 | 2020
10 am-5 pm
Instructor:  Frederick Brosen

In a relaxed and non-competitive atmosphere, students will explore the subtlety and potential of the beautiful painting medium of watercolor with visiting instructor,  Frederick Brosen.

Watercolor, with its luminosity and vibrancy, is the ideal medium for landscape and architectural subjects. This three-day workshop will introduce students to a classic transparent watercolor technique, first mastered by the great Early English artists such as Turner, Cotman and Bonington. Over an initial pencil drawing, students will learn how to apply several layers of glazed colors to create evocative landscapes.

The first day begins with a demonstration, lecture, and discussion of materials.   During the workshop, relevant topics will be addressed including architectural and atmospheric perspective, tree anatomy and sky techniques.   Wet-in-wet, wet-on-dry, scumbling, and point-of-brush applications will all be demonstrated. Students are asked to bring in photographs from which to work, with an emphasis on an interpretive and not literal approach to the source material.

There will be a one-hour lunch break each day.  Lunch is on your own.  For students traveling from out of town, please contact us if you need help with accommodation recommendations and we will be happy to help!

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About the instructor:
Frederick Brosen is one of America’s finest watercolor artists.  His striking works are infused with the architectural romance of New York City.  A native New Yorker, Frederick Brosen began his studies at City College of New York, graduating in 1976. He studied art at the Art Students League and at Pratt Institute, receiving his MFA from Pratt in 1979. Mr. Brosen has been recognized with a Silver Medal of Honor by the Royal Society of Arts & Letters in London and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Watercolors by Frederick Brosen have been acquired by the New York Historical Society, the Knoxville Museum of Art, The Museum of the City of New York, Frye Art Museum (Seattle) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and are in many private collections.

With painstaking care and commitment, he sketches a scene, photographs it, and sketches again. Finally painting, Brosen builds his color by starting with light washes and adding layer after layer of rich tone. The results are crystalline and sophisticated images that reflect each location through the intimacy of countless details. There is a haunting familiarity about these cityscapes, whether you’ve seen the views they depict many times or never before. They are the iconic views of New York. Brosen looks for places where incredible streetscapes have created themselves, from Central Park to SoHo, where factories, garages, churches, and homes sit side-by-side along a side street; where mosques, temples and churches and banks coexist with skyscrapers, carriage houses and tenements. He finds sculptural ornaments and classical scrolls, gargoyles, cornices and signs, wrought iron and water towers. These components reveal that there is still an old New York that coexists with the new.

We are unable to issue refunds for visiting artist workshops unless the workshop is canceled by Townsend Atelier.


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