Start A Painting with Allyson Grey
Chapel of Sacred Mirrors
46 Deer Hill Rd, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590, United States
APPLY NOW: Secure your spot in this all-levels class by completing the application.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
Take a leap into painting OR start your hundredth painting… at the START A PAINTING workshop in the Art Lab at CoSM with Allyson Grey & special guest artists.
Strategies for launching a creative vision are as varied as artistic personalities. In a supportive setting, we will address how to turn our inner vision into outer form. What tools can be used to best translate my mental pictures? Do I plan my composition or simply allow my brush laden hand to gallop across the page? Am I called to gaze into the blank surface and see traces of an image awaiting realization or am I guided by the urge to represent a personal icon or symbol?
What makes my strokes, marks, composition, design and symbols an expression that represents my inner world, communicates and celebrates my uniqueness?
As we practice painting, we determine our manner of line, color and paint application. We evolve our own recognizable style and reveal our soul. This workshop is a space to explore painting and determine our own roadmap in a personal creative quest.
FINISH A PAINTING - Class participants are also invited to bring an unfinished painting to get feedback on how to best realize that work's completion. In a supportive setting we will explore tools that help artists resolve existing and future works.
ESTABLISH OR DEEPEN YOUR PAINTING PRACTICE:
Painting is a practice. Like yoga, meditation or playing a musical instrument, devoted practice facilitates our creative striving and inevitably leads to more satisfying results. Getting started, we need time, space, materials and a subject for our painting. A painter must confront the awkward phase of unknowing. To overcome and evolve our artwork, we can learn from each painting. Applying experience, our creativity flowers. Improvement becomes the inevitable reward increasing our confidence. Positive feedback benefits our art practice, making our efforts worthwhile.
DISCOVER AND EVOLVE YOUR CREATIVE VOICE:
Through painting we transform our thoughts into "things." Our subjective inner world becomes objective reality. Painting is a journey of discovery, the revelation of our essence. What distinguishes our strokes, marks and symbols? How can our expression become characteristic and recognizable to others? Painting after painting, the work evolves to reveal our souls. As we determine our content and subject matter, the personality of our strokes, our color and paint application, we acquire the tools to open new possibilities for our artwork.
START A PAINTING WITH US AT CoSM:
Tap into your creative expression and unique style.
You may leave with a finished painting or an artwork still in progress.
Take home with you goals and practices for creating a planned vision of completion.
Embark on Your Creative Journey: START A PAINTING workshop is designed for all skill levels, from novice to experienced painter.
Overcome Artist Block: In a group setting, inspired by supportive friends, in the tranquility of nature, we make art a spiritual practice, engaging techniques that remove obstacles to our progress.
Evolve Your Artistic Skills: Refine your skills with paint & brushes and your ability to effectively design, compose and accomplish expressive and impactful results.
Explore Foundational & Advanced Techniques: At any stage, we can review fundamentals or push the edge of our experience with materials and techniques to unlock new dimensions in our artistic expression.
Finish A Painting: Take home completion strategies for ongoing works that challenge you.
Guidance comes from Seasoned Painters and Novices: In this workshop, we all can share valuable insights.
Join Us - Limited Space Available: Secure your spot in this all-levels class by completing the application. Empower your creative potential with Allyson Grey and friends at CoSM!
YOUR INSTRUCTOR: Allyson Grey
Allyson Grey is an artist and social sculptor. Her paintings have been exhibited and sold internationally. Grey, who has long-been an art organizer for museums and art organizations, is a community leader with a Master of Fine Arts degree from Tufts University. Allyson has edited and co-authored over a dozen books, forewords and countless articles. She has lectured and been interviewed widely, and is regularly engaged as a consultant to creatives on subjects of art & life. In her 50+ year career as an abstract painter, Grey has incorporated an essentialized world-view expressing the integration of chaos, order and secret writing. Allysongrey.com
Together, artists Allyson Grey & Alex Grey co-founded the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, CoSM, a spiritual creative retreat center in the Hudson Valley of New York. 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. Cosm.org
X in a Cross Field, Allyson Grey, 2023, oil on wood, 36 x 36 in.
Allyson Grey is an accomplished life-long painter and artist mentor. Experienced guest artists will also visit the workshop to share their experience, technical knowledge and constructive feedback to empower our artistic journey.
Enjoy additional instruction and perspective from special guest master artists who will drop-in throughout the workshop.
CoSM WORKSHOP SETTING:
Class sessions will take place in the newly renovated MAGI Art Lab.
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 interactivity, immersion & enrichment. Accommodations in Grey House are offered in a variety of economies and are additional to the workshop fee. A $150 commuter fee applies to participants who stay off-site.
Available for the duration of the 5 day workshop:
Three healthy meals daily provided by CoSM chefs.
Coffee, tea and snacks available between meals throughout the week.
Access to Grey House common spaces — The Library, The Parlor, The Dining Hall & Gallery Spaces on all three floors.
Yoga mats for self guided practice in common areas
Accommodations include private rooms and shared dorm rooms—femme only or co-ed options.
The Wisdom Trail offers a contemplative walk through the CoSM woods, including a labyrinth, outdoor sculptural installations by visionary artists
Tuition also includes Day Admission to CoSM: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 12pm - 6pm:
Access to facilities, grounds and self-touring Entheon
Students are welcome to experience Entheon and Grey House Galleries, including both CoSM Shop & Entheon Shop.
Beverages and light fare will be available in the Mushroom Cafe
Sign-up only if you can attend every session from:
5pm Friday, March 29th through 2pm Tuesday, April 2nd, 2024
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are provided throughout the workshop.
Friday dinner begins the workshop followed by an introductory presentation.
Each workshop day following includes a morning session, afternoon session & evening session.
Tuesday morning session is the essential workshop completion, followed by a closing group lunch.
CoSM, including Entheon is open to the public Friday, Saturday & Sunday from noon - 6pm.
A tour of Entheon will be scheduled for workshop participants so class time is not missed.
For the best results, artists should always use the best supplies they can afford.
Select 3-5 good brushes of various sizes and styles — flat, pointed, angled. Cheap brushes will impair your results.
Bring two or more 16 x 20 pre-gessoed stretched canvases or pre-gessoed wood panels. —Additional painting surfaces will be available for experimentation.
Regular sized tubes of Golden or Liquitex acrylic paint - at least 12 colors. Student grade paint will impair your results. —Recommended are Titanium white, cadmium or cadmium-free yellow, red, orange and green, cobalt blue, cobalt violet, dioxazine purple
More color varieties will be on-hand in the workshop to try.
Optional: Bring an example of an incomplete original painting to discuss its completion. This class discussion will benefit everyone.
Tuition for the 5 day workshop includes 3 meals daily. - $800.
Overnight accommodations are additional.
Payment plans available. All funds due two weeks before the workshop begins.
APPLY NOW: Secure your spot in this all-levels class by completing the application.
There are ten guest rooms available in Grey House, CoSM’s Visionary Victorian guest facility.
Onsite accommodations for the four-night stay are part of the course experience and range from $486.00 for a dorm bed to $990.00 for a private room with a private bathroom, with a few options in between. Pricing reflects the 10% discount for workshop accommodations.
Private rooms with private or shared bathrooms, Queen or King beds
Shared dorm style rooms with single or queen beds — femme only and coed dorm options available.
The guest house features works of art by Alex Grey and Allyson and accomplished artists of the international Visionary Art community.
For questions about tuition, payment plans, materials, travel, accommodations, etc.,
Contact Genevieve Wood, Workshop Coordinator: email@example.com.