2024 Visionary Painting Intensive with Alex & Allyson
46 Deer Hill Rd, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590, United States
Applications are NOW OPEN for serious painters at intermediate to advance levels of experience.
Deadline to apply: March 1st, 2024 | APPLY NOW
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The expressive language of painting has uniquely traced the soul’s evolution of consciousness for over 30,000 years. Sacred art traditions throughout the ages have celebrated the visionary realms, exploring Heaven and Hell. Through global media and communication, artists today access the entire history of the human imagination through the iconography of past civilizations and continue that visual interaction in their paintings. Pattern and ornament, color, light, and feeling offer a portal for the creative interpreter who illuminates mystical and transcendental domains. Skilled painters, intimate with expanded states of awareness, translate these subtle archetypal dimensions to facilitate the realization of divine spirit.
The 2024 CoSM 7-Day Painting Intensive with Alex Grey & Allyson Grey has two prerequisites:
A high level of commitment to course attendance and cost.
Evidence of your experience as a painter.
This workshop offers an immersive program for serious painters at intermediate to advanced levels of experience.
An application is required for the selection process of participants in the Visionary Painting Intensive.
APPLY NOW: VISIONARY PAINTING INTENSIVE
This application requests each candidate to include three examples of their best paintings. Artists are proficient in mediums other than painting on canvas, paper (watercolor) or wood panel should apply to the Visionary Art Intensive, an all-levels course held at a different time.
For dates & application to the Visionary Art Intensive with Alex & Allyson, check cosm.org/events (event page coming soon). The application for the Visionary Painting Intensive requests access to the artist's social media and contact information, as well as a brief artist statement honed to a few sentences.
Because an artist statement is useful to serious artists, your statement will be part of this workshop. For a good guide on writing an artist statement, read this Article Posted by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, or any number of guides posted on the internet.
During this seven day Master Class, participants will work on two paintings, with an intention to make substantial progress on both works. One painting will be a self-portrait (in the widest definition), and the second work will be an original painting that develops your personal style and concept. Class members should come to the workshop prepared with at least one (or more) concept sketch(es).
Techniques, elements of design and composition, color study and the development of expressive content will be discussed daily. In-depth conversations about the work of each participant will be part of the schedule and flow. Offered also will be talks on the history of visionary art, periodic silent painting meditations accompanied by inspiring music, presentations by class members, conversations concerning the life of an artist and open discussion of the work of every person in the class, providing valuable insights to every participant. Guided vision practices will catalyze and crystalize the image being realized as a painting. Oil paint, acrylic paint, and watercolors on a 2-dimensional surface are welcome mediums for this class.
If seven days of painting sounds too delicious to be true — as it does for us, consider applying for the Visionary Painting Intensive at CoSM.
CoSM WORKSHOP SETTING
Class sessions will take place in the beautiful, newly renovated MAGI Art Lab.
Participants should sign up only if is possible to attend the entirety of the workshop from start to finish.
Arrival at the CoSM site should be planned for no later than 5pm EDT on Sunday, July 28th. The workshop will end at 2pm EDT on Saturday, August 3rd.
CoSM is open to overnight guests from Thursday afternoon through Monday before lunch. Participants are welcome to reserve accommodations beyond the week-long stay of the Painting Intensive. An extended stay before or after the workshop can be arranged, more details below.
Grey House, CoSM's Visionary Victorian guest house, provides accommodations for all participants.
Residing onsite together is a part of this immersively creative week, providing maximum benefit & enrichment. Accommodations in Grey House are offered in a variety of economies, in addition to the workshop fee.
Three healthy meals are provided daily
Coffee, tea and snacks are available between meals throughout the week
Access to Grey House common spaces — The Library, The Gallery, The Parlor,The Mushroom Cafe, Dining Hall and CoSM Shop.
Guests have access to CoSM grounds & walking trails, a labyrinth, a two story-domed sculptural enclosure & more.
Accommodation options include private rooms and shared dorm rooms with queen or single beds
Both femme only and coed share options are available.
SUGGESTED MATERIALS LIST
Pencils and pens for drawing
Graphite pencils — 2B, 3B, 4B, HB (a few or all)
Kneadable eraser and other preferred types
Roll or large sheets of tracing paper
Sketch book and/or pad of larger sketch paper — 11″ x 14″
Painting surface — canvas(es), gesso board, painting panel, watercolor block
Size Limitation: Painting supports may be no smaller than 11″ or larger than 40" in either dimension.
Watercolor paint set (option) — tubes or travel set in pans
Acrylics — at least 12 colors (option)
Oil paint — at least 12 colors (option)
Good quality paint brushes for each medium — a variety of sizes
Best quality of materials is recommended to all serious artists.
MATERIALS PROVIDED in the ART LAB at CoSM
Small work table for painting supplies and horizontal work
Clip lamp & extension cord
All times are listed in EDT
Sunday, July 28th
2pm-5pm: Guests arrive by 5pm and check-in to their rooms.
6pm: Dinner & Orientation are part of the workshop for all participants.
7:30pm: Work Session until around 10pm.
Monday, July 29th through Friday, August 2nd
8am - 10am: Self-serve breakfast in the Dining Hall
10am: Work Session in the Library
1pm: Lunch in the Dining Halls
3pm: Work Session in the Art Lab (classroom).
6pm: Dinner in the Dining Hall
7:30pm: Work Session optional in the Art Lab until midnight
Saturday, August 3rd
8am - 10am: Self-serve Breakfast in the Dining Hall
10am: Work Session in the Art Lab
1pm: Lunch in the Dining Hall
2pm: End of Workshop
CoSM and Entheon are open weekly on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 12pm - 6pm when CoSM Grounds close. Tuition includes day passes during open hours to CoSM facilities and grounds for the duration of the workshop.
YOUR INSTRUCTORS: Evolve your Art and Soul during this immersive experience offered by leading visionary painters, Alex Grey & Allyson Grey.
Alex Grey, world-renowned artist, poet, and author, is best loved for his paintings which portray multiple dimensions of reality, interweaving biological anatomy with psychic and spiritual energies. Alex's books, Sacred Mirrors, The Mission of Art, Transfigurations and Art Psalms trace the development of his work and the mystical experiences that shaped his spiritual, artistic life. Alex’s most recent monograph, Net of Being, addresses how his art is evolving the cultural body through icons of interconnectedness. alexgrey.com
Allyson Grey is an artist and social sculptor. Her paintings have been exhibited and sold internationally. Grey is a community leader with a Master of Fine Arts degree from Tufts University. Allyson has edited and co-authored over a dozen books, including all books by Alex Grey and eleven volumes of CoSM Journal of Visionary Culture. An educator and muse to artists for over 40 years, Allyson has been interviewed and lectured widely. The essentialized world-view that comprises a lifetime of abstract, labor intensive paintings incorporates the concepts of chaos, order and secret writing. Allysongrey.com
Together, the Grey’s co-founded the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, CoSM, a spiritual creative retreat center in the Hudson Valley of New York. On the forefront of a movement in which painters join musicians on stage, the Grey’s painted together live before tens of thousands of folks at New York Broadway theaters, at sold-out festivals and arenas in dozens of international cities across five continents. As long-time advocates of “cognitive liberty,” a growing international “sacramental culture” has embraced the Grey’s as important mapmakers and spokespersons for the visionary realm. The Grey’s, with a dedicated and evolving team, have created CoSM, an interspiritual Art Church and Entheon, a Visionary Art sanctuary at CoSM. cosm.org
Tuition for the 7-day VISIONARY PAINTING INTENSIVE includes meals - $1,400.00,
Accommodations are additional.
Payment plans available, with all funds due one month before the start of the Intensive.
For further information on payment plans APPLY NOW
There are ten guest rooms available in Grey House, CoSM’s fully renovated Visionary Victorian guest facility.
Onsite accommodations for the six-night stay are a part of the course experience and range from $729.00 for a dorm bed to $1,485.00 for a private room with a private bathroom, with a few options in between.
Private rooms with private or shared bathrooms, Queen or King beds
Shared dorm style rooms with single or queen beds
The guest house features works of art by the Grey's and accomplished Visionary artists.
Also in Grey House is The Mushroom Cafe, CoSM Shop, The Library, the Dining Hall, The Gallery & The Parlor.
Questions about tuition, accommodation fees, payment plans, travel, accommodations, etc?
Contact Genevieve Wood, Workshop Coordinator: email@example.com.