Telluride Summer Landscape Intensive (Please note: This class is being held at the Stone Building at 117 North Willow Street, Telluride CO 81435.) The nude is an ideal figure in art with a long history – from Greek vase painting and sculpture to Italian Renaissance painting, and on through contemporary painting. In this rigorous, week-long intensive, the landscape becomes the context for studying the figure and inspires a dialogue. Who is the figure? Is she an ideal, like a god? A contemporary figure? Or a memory of something else? Maybe just a feeling. With instruction from Gregory and assistance from Hank Pitcher, students will paint en plein air using a live model to form a dialogue between the figure and the landscape. Students should familiarize themselves with the painters mentioned in Hank Pitcher’s The Landscape class – Paul George, in particular, as well as Elmer Bischoff, a Bay Area Figurative painter. Because all these artists made some foray into the figure, it is useful to examine their work. Kenneth Clark’s book, “The Nude,” is also a good reference. Students will meet at the school’s downtown Telluride studio each morning and carpool no more than 30 minutes to their destination for the day. Students will paint until lunchtime and continue until 4 p.m. Students have the option to continue painting on their own upon the class’s return to town. Being able to draw the figure is a prerequisite for this class. Students will work with oil paints and produce 1-2 paintings per day. Materials: Both Telluride Summer Landscape Intensive classes will use oil paint. There is a certain rigor that oil paint provides, upping the ambition and keeping one on their toes. All painting will take place out of doors using Gamblin products; Gamsol in place of turpentine and Galkyd for linseed and Damar medium.