Still Life Into Abstraction


Intermediate/Advanced: Location: VanDerVeer Studio
Saturday & Sunday, March 16 & 17; 9:30am-4:00pm (1/2 hr. lunch break)
TUITION: Members: $200; Non-members: $230

The January 2018 lecture and workshop offered by the distinguished artist Bill Scott was a highlight of the year for students who learned how he structured pictorial space in his paintings. Bill will return to Staunton to expand on his techniques of painting lively, non-traditional still life arrangements in ways that emphasize the underlying abstraction of shapes, colors, lines and values. “In my own painting practice, I am an abstract painter but my pictures are based on observation,” Bill explains. He has had a remarkable career as a writer, gallery director, art historian, and painter. He worked in the studio of Joan Mitchell and has contributed essays to catalogs for exhibitions of Berthe Morisot’s paintings. Workshop for oil and acrylic painters.  A materials list will beprovided after registration.

Bill Scott studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) from 1974 to 1979. After graduating from PAFA, he worked informally with abstract painter Joan Mitchell at her home in Vétheuil, France. Since 1999, he has made intaglio prints with the C. R. Ettinger Studio. Bill has produced commissioned etchings for the Print Club of Cleveland as well as the Print Center and Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia. In 2016, Philadelphia’s Cerulean Arts presented an exhibition of Bill’s intaglio prints. In September/October 2017, Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey presented a 40-year survey (1977 to 2017) of Bill’s paintings, pastels, watercolors, and prints. Bill Scott is represented by Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York, where he has had six solo exhibitions. He has also had solo shows in London, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, and has participated in numerous group exhibitions. His work is in public collections at the Asheville Art Museum, North Carolina; British Museum; Cleveland Museum of Art; and Philadelphia Museum of Art, among others. Bill recently has been a visiting artist at the Kentucky College of Art and Design and the University of Southern Mississippi. He also taught at PAFA, and in 2006, received the institution’s DistinguishedAlumni Award. Scott lives in Philadelphia.