*SmArt School teachers sometimes have to travel for professional reasons. If they must miss a class they will notify all students during class time and add a session to the end of the calendar. One week off is scheduled for Thanksgiving week. All Classes meet live and are not recorded due to proprietary content. Teaching will not happen via email, only during class time.
The Alchemy of Figurative ARt
The process of creating a painting is like alchemy: lesser materials are transformed into something truly valuable. Holding this focus upon creating something transcendent can be key to bringing forth a greater life in one's artwork. Alchemy may seem to apply to Kunkle's work because his paintings often involve the precious metals of gold and silver. Yet it is the philosophy of transformation that is more important. For this course Brad will use the philosophies of alchemy as well as his prodigious technical abilities to guide you to the best outcome of your paintings. A key aspect of this approach to art is that a painting is not fully known at the start. Each stage of the work informs the next step. It is a process of planning for, and embracing, unknown outcomes to achieve finality.
This class will give each student the opportunity to develop their individual understanding of the figure in all of it's expressive and evocative capacities. Along the way Brad will demonstrate the processes of gilding and using gilded surfaces to paint upon, yet students are by no means required to use gilding in their work. The class will nurture each student's intuitive impulses.
Towards the end of the semester Steve Diamant, founder and director of Arcadia Contemporary Gallery, will review student work. After taking this class students will also receive the option of a free profile on the Alumni Portfolios page. Visit the Alumni Portfolios page and type a teacher's name into the search bar to see some of the artists who studied with that teacher.
About Brad Kunkle
Brad Kunkle was named one of the top 100 figurative painters working today by Buzzfeed in 2017. His work has been featured in Juxtapoz, American Artist, Hi Fructose, Huffington Post,Boooooom, American Art Collector, Artsy, and Beautiful Bizarre. Brad created the paintings for and art directed the opening sequence of the Netflix original series Anne with an E.He shows internationally and has taken part in several museum exhibitions in America. He has had regular solo exhibitions at Arcadia Contemporary gallery in New York and in Los Angeles since 2010.