There is an emphasis on drawing skill and a basic understanding of anatomy, movement, psychological force, light and shape, rich paint, color and the use of correct value relationships in creating an expressive work that has strength and presence. There is a special focus on personal critique for the individual student. Lecture and demonstration will stress the specific fundamentals of painting, illustrated by works of significant artists, both past and present. This class works from the nude and clothed model, with poses generally lasting three weeks.
Cook currently teaches at the Pastel Society of America. She taught workshops in France and at Southern Utah University. Educated at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Art and Design, she holds a BA Hons in History of Art from de Montford University, UK. She has garnered many awards for her work; Gold and Silver medals from Allied Artists of America and finalist at the Portrait Society of America and the ARC Salon. Cook is represented by Haven Gallery in Northport, NY and Dacia Gallery NYC where she has had three solo shows. Her work has been published in periodicals and is held in collections including the Trenton City Museum, NJ.