Ah Haa: Telluride Painting School Announces Scholarships

The Ah Haa School for the Arts Telluride Painting School announces merit scholarships. Discounted housing for 2016.

Image, Ying Li

Image, Ying Li

Each fall, the Telluride Painting School brings celebrated visiting artists to the Ah Haa School for the Arts to teach a series of three two-week painting intensives. This year, 2016, is no exception.

The Telluride Painting School has always strived to provide supportive, exciting opportunities for its students to push deeper into their creative practice and now students can receive substantial financial assistance in addition to the rare opportunity to work with accomplished, acclaimed artists and professors in an intimate setting. Specifically, this year the TPS has expanded access to its classes with a new merit scholarship program and deeply discounted student housing. Moreover, in its fifth year of programming, TPS has enriched its curriculum by inviting acclaimed artist Ying Li to curate the 2016 season.

For 2016, the Telluride Painting School will award up to 12 merit scholarships. These scholarships are for students who demonstrate exceptional levels of skill, conceptual capabilities, and commitment to their craft, as well as financial need. TPS Merit Scholarships may cover up to the full tuition cost of a class, plus any studio or model fees. With an application deadline of June 15, 2016, TPS Merit Scholarship forms may be found online at ahhaa.org.

TPS students coming in from out of town may take advantage of the school’s discounted housing option for the duration of their classes. Students will be housed in a shared condominium within walking distance of the school. For more information, again visit ahhaa.org. Scholarship applicants are eligible for housing, as well.

For 2016, returning TPS instructor Ying Li has selected two noteworthy NYC-based artists to join the TPS faculty: John Goodrich and Ron Milewicz. Li will return to Telluride for her second year to kick off the Telluride Painting School 2016 season with her class “The Figure and the Natural World,” Oct. 3-14.

Image, Ying Li

Image, Ying Li

Based in New York City and a professor at Haverford College, Li is known for her highly energetic, on-site landscapes that verge on pure abstraction, but are totally convincing as a direct visual experience. Her intensive, ‘The Figure and the Natural World, “ will explore new techniques and concepts in painting, emphasizing representational and abstract painting, as well as the metaphorical meaning in figure and landscape images. Working from live models and in the landscape, students in Li’s class will discover how a basic image can be transformed into a personal statement through the process of applying paint to canvas.

Next up, artist and professor John Goodrich joins the Telluride Painting School to teach “Plentiful Nature: Observing and Composing,” Oct. 17-28. The course is designed to help students learn to re-create from observation the full energy of nature. Goodrich’s students will concentrate on the way colors and forms animate impressions of light, weather, space, and weight, and will frequently consider how the masters – from traditionalists like Corot and Innes to modernists like Matisse – experienced and reflected the world around them.

Image, John Goodrich

Image, John Goodrich

Goodrich’s paintings have been exhibited at Bowery Gallery, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, Kouros Gallery, and Lori Boostein Fine Art in New York City. He teaches studio classes at the National Academy School of Fine Arts, Haverford College, and Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Image, John Goodrich

Image, John Goodrich

Finally, TPS 2016 wraps up with Ron Milewicz who will teach “Painting From Observation,” Oct. 31-Nov. 11, guiding students toward capturing the human form as they work from a live model. 

Image, Ron Milewicz

Image, Ron Milewicz

Students will learn how working from observation can be an act of deep creative invention, with color, light, and movement being used as metaphors for the physical and emotional experience of life. Engaging in a process of truly “seeing” that involves both rational analysis and an opening up to an intuitive understanding of the motif, Milewicz will help his students develop a unique and intelligent pictorial response to the image as it takes shape on a canvas.

A Brooklyn native, Milewicz studied art history at Cornell University and received his master’s degree from from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture. He attended the New York Studio School (1990-1994), where he currently teaches,. He lives and works in Queens.

Image, Ron Milewicz

Image, Ron Milewicz

All Telluride Painting School classes take place Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and offer 24-hour access to the painting studio between classes. Each TPS instructor will offer free open-to-the-public artist talks at the Wilkinson Public Library during their stay in Telluride. Dates and times to be announced.

Tuition for each TPS Intensive course is $1,000 plus a studio fee. Each class also has a materials list, which can be found at ahhaa.org.

Classes take place in the Ah Haa School’s Daniel Tucker Gallery at 300 S. Townsend Ave.

Registration is open and Merit Scholarship information and applications are available online.

For complete information and registration, please visit the Ah Haa School’s website here or call 970/728-3886.

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