Watercolor: An Aqueous Process to Painting the Contemporary Figure

Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell, Sniegpārsla atmiņas (Snowflake memories), 2015, Watercolor, graphite, wood, work on paper, 21 x 47 inches.

Class Description

Designed for both the professional and advanced beginner, this class uses the traditions of watercolor paint within a contemporary context. The role of the human figure throughout history has always played an important role in art, and continues to do so in the work of this century. While painting using the model, students will develop strong explorations into the unique abilities of watercolor, applying several principles, which include: anatomy, the use of light over form, color sensitivities, movement through space and form over time, construction and deconstruction, abstraction and approaches to composition. These will be examined from multiple fronts while focusing on each student’s strengths, over the course of the year. Referencing art history, the student will subsequently move beyond technique. The work will relate to each student’s personal statement while examining the historical significance of art. Students work from life with the clothed and nude model in long and some short poses. In the Saturday class, students may also work from still life.

About the Instructor

Naomi Campbell has painted for over twenty-nine years in watercolor. She is a graduate of Champlain College, Quebec, Canada; was classically trained in painting, drawing, and printmaking at the Art Students League of New York; and has studied at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada; School of Visual Arts, New York; and with many nationally recognized watercolor artists. Her signature memberships include the National Watercolor Society and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America.

Ms. Campbell has won several awards for her work, in watercolor and other media, including four Gold Medals of Honor. Her figurative work has been featured in many art magazines and eighteen book publications on multiple media, including American Artist magazine; Watercolor Magic; Painting Lessons from the Art Students League of NY; Pure Color, The Best of Pastel; and 100 Mid-Atlantic Artists.

She has exhibited nationally and internationally, in such places as France, Italy, Germany, Japan, and Korea. Her work is in permanent international and national public, corporate, and private collections, including the MTA Arts for Transit, the ASPCA, Maimonides Hospital, and Swift Pan-Americas, all in New York City. Her work is in the permanent collections of the City of New York; the City of Irving, Texas; the City of Geochang, Korea; the Art Students League of New York; and the Trenton City Museum, New Jersey.

She has contributed to art journals and is an invited guest lecturer/critic at several schools and art organizations, including Lehman College, City University of New York; and the Vytlacil Residency Program. In addition to watercolor, Ms. Campbell works in pastel, oil, acrylic, mixed media, printmaking, installation, sculpture, the digital image, and public art.

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