teaching

My teaching objective is to create a positive educational experience all around, empowering students to take risks, ask questions and pursue their own individual artistic path. My method of teaching involves sharing my own artistic process fully and openly. My aim is to help students build tangible foundational skills and to offer guidance about materials, but I also focus on mindset and thought process—all of which are important aspects of creating art.    

June 2021

New! My First Online Course

Layered Moments: Painting the Still Life

Available through Kara Bullock Art School. Please click on the link below for more information.

July 2021

(Online) Simplified Forms: Methods for Oil Painting
Penn Studio School

Date: Wednesdays, July 7 to July 28 (4 sessions)
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM, EST
Level: All
Medium: Oils

For more information or to register, please visit the Penn Studio School website.

Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler. (Albert Einstein)
Simplicity is the glory of expression. (Walt Whitman)

Simplicity is complex. It’s never simple to keep things simple- especially when you are talking about painting complex forms. Translating your ideas into paint and getting them down on canvas simply requires mastery of skills and materials. It also requires focus and good painting habits.

In this weekly class, we will discuss limits and how they offer a way to organize your paintings and thought process. We will also explore the importance of mindset and ways to help you start a painting, sustaining focus and “beginner’s mind” as a painting progresses. The focus will be on direct painting with oils or acrylics and specific methods to help you jump in and short-circuit the overthinking brain.

We will cover such topics as:

Week 1: Materials, composition and value patterns

Week 2: Color unity and harmony, temperature, and limited hues

Week 3: Layering, editing and prioritizing the elements in a painting

Week 4: Building an interesting paint surface

We will meet each week online for discussion, examples and either live or recorded painting demos. Tracy will most likely paint still lifes, but participants are welcome to paint motifs of their choice and will paint on their own between class sessions. There will be some critique of work offered, and questions are always welcome. We will work from direct observation, working quickly but deliberately. Some painting experience is helpful, but everyone is welcome.

September 2021

(Online) Plein Air Campos/Everly/Opdenbrouw – more to come!

Winslow Art Center

TBD

(In-Person)
Plein Air Painting at Morven Museum & Garden

Arts Council of Princeton

Date: TBD
Time: 9:30 AM-4:00 PM  EST
Level: All
Medium: Oils

For more information or to register, please visit https://public.artscouncilofprinceton.org/public/classview

This workshop offers an opportunity for painters of all skill levels to immerse themselves in several days of painting outdoors at Morven, a national historic landmark situated on five pristine acres in the heart of Princeton, New Jersey.

We will discuss specific methods for effectively choosing a painting site, organizing the majesty of what we see into interesting compositions, and creating color harmony, among other topics. We will work to develop much-needed technical skills required for responsive painting on location, but will also discuss equally important aspects of painting such as mindset, expectations, and active looking.  

Our days will include:

-Live painting demos

-Discussion

-Ample time to paint

-Immediate feedback

-Community

Come prepared to work on two paintings each day – one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  

(Past)
Buildings in the Landscape

Winslow Art Center

Date: Thursdays, May 6 – May 27, 2021
Time: 9:30 AM-12:00 PM Pacific Standard Time
Level: All
Medium: Oils
Supply List: https://winslowartcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Materials_List_June_2020_Everly.pdf

For more information or to register, please visit the Winslow Art Center website.

Being made of bricks and mortar, buildings are perhaps the epitome of solid, concrete form. And yet they can also be mysterious and evocative. How do we convey in paint both characteristics?

In this weekly class, we will explore ways to approach painting buildings in the landscape, putting down what we see simply while also capturing a sense of the specific. We will cover such things as painting from direct observation vs. from photo references, and we will aim to do a little of both, if possible. We will discuss specific methods for painting buildings, how best to use photo references, and the role that drawing plays. We will also focus on color unity, limiting and grouping values, suggesting versus delineating, composing and revising, and building interesting surfaces.

Each week will include discussion, examples and either live or recorded painting demos. Participants will paint on their own between class sessions and can share work for critique and ask questions in a private online group. Experience working from direct observation is helpful, but everyone is welcome.

Winslow Art Center live online classes are taught via Zoom. Students have the opportunity to interact with the instructor and other participants, watch live demos and receive feedback and instruction. You will have access to a class chat forum where you can share work, comment and ask questions. Once you’ve enrolled, you’ll receive instructions about how to access the class.

To take this class, you need a microphone and camera enabled computer OR an IPad /smart tablet OR a smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.