SJ173 Painting Studio: Happily Ever After, Painting Meets Photography

  • 17 Jan 2012
  • 2:00 PM
  • 14 Feb 2012
  • 5:00 PM
  • Artist’s Studio, Paris; Metro: Balard


  • 5 sessions
  • Single date

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Credit: Peter DoigTuesdays, Jan 17, 24, 31, Feb 7 and 14

Wondering what to do with all those photographs you’ve taken sightseeing or celebrating with friends? Would you like to try painting? Even in its infancy, photography naturally fascinated 19th century painters such as Bonnard and Degas, who saw in this new medium a means of recording light as well as capturing an ephemeral pose of a model or street scene to serve as a reference for paintings. This practice is still in use today by many if not most painters.

Contemporary life moves at a fast pace, particularly in a city like Paris. Cinematography inspires Marc Desgrandchamps’ paintings, and photographs have played an important role in the paintings of Peter Doig. (Both painters had recent major restrospectives of their work at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris).

This class will explore the use of photography as a reference document for paintings. No drawing skills are needed, but a digital camera (even a cell phone variety) is suggested.

Note: Pro-rata rates are available.

Instructor: Jan Olsson is a professional artist and expert teacher with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing. She has received international recognition in the form of grants, prizes and residencies, and her work is found in numerous public and private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe. Website:

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