Painting: Transcending the Photo Reference – The Art Students League

Painting: Transcending the Photo Reference

Alyssa Monks

Alyssa Monks

Workshop Description

November 6-9
Monday-Thursday, 10:00 – 4:30 pm
Fee: $850 (including $30 material fee)
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list

This workshop aims to guide students toward creating a painting from a photo-reference that surpasses the look of the photograph, not simply imitates it. Creating a useful photo-reference with ideal lighting, camera settings, lenses, Photoshop, and printing will be covered. Deliberate brush stroke and accurate color relationships describe the form and space instead of just copying contours. We will focus on relating all parts of the picture to each other using an organized palette. Students will be guided towards deciding what information is useful to look for and what pitfalls to avoid when interpreting a photograph.

About the Instructor

Alyssa’s work is represented by Forum Gallery in New York City. Monks’s paintings have been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions including “Intimacy” at the Kunst Museum in Ahlen, Germany and “Reconfiguring the Body in American Art, 1820–2009” at the National Academy Museum of Fine Arts, New York. Her work is represented in public and private collections, including the Savannah College of Arts, the Somerset Art Association, Fullerton College, the Seavest Collection and the collections of Eric Fischl, Howard Tullman, Gerrity Lansing, Danielle Steele, Alec Baldwin, and Luciano Benetton. In 2015, Alyssa gave a talk at the TEDx event at Indiana University discussing her recent work, which is featured on Recently, she was named the 16th most influential women artist alive today by Graphic Design Degree Hub.

Alyssa studied at The New School in New York and Montclair State University and earned her B.A. from Boston College in 1999. During this time she studied painting at Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence. She went on to earn her M.F.A from the New York Academy of Art, Graduate School of Figurative Art in 2001. She has lectured and taught at universities and institutions nationwide. Alyssa has been awarded the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant for Painting three times and serves as a member of the New York Academy of Art’s Board of Trustees.

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