Drawing, Perspective, and Looking

Instructor: Mat Barber Kennedy

Jun 19, 20, 21, 22 • 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Media: Drawing, None
Skill Level: All Levels
Tuition: Members: $ 450.00 / Non-Members: $ 490.00

There are only 3 places left in this course.


Drawing is the cornerstone of all representational work, the basis for painting, and an end in itself. To paraphrase Paul Klee, “a line is a dot undertaking a journey”; a joyous and wonderous idea, yet for so many drawing is an unimaginative and inexpressive process. In this workshop, Mat will share his philosophy and approach to drawing as a rich art form and great aid in establishing lively, representational paintings.


The first half of the workshop will be spent going over perspective in participatory and intuitive exercises that will help you over the “I don’t get it” hump and gain confidence. While the second half of the workshop will encourage you to develop a more expressive voice. Expand your language of line and tone, as you draw with your fingers, erasers, and pencils in new ways. Be prepared for a busy week loaded with information and hands-on experience.


For over 20 years, Mat Barber Kennedy has been drawing and painting aging machines, tools, and buildings. Constructed in layers, adapted over generations, and decaying in pieces, he is fascinated by the junctions of materials and corrosion of designed objects over time. Mat is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, and in 2007 was awarded the Turner Medal in London. In addition, he has been featured in the Door County Plein Air Festival for several years. Mat currently lives and works in Chicago, IL.

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