Introducing...Maureen O'Keefe and Blind Contour Drawing

  • 14 Nov 2020
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • zoom
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Introducing...Maureen O'Keefe and Blind Contour Drawing

Saturday, November 14, 10am

Virtually join the DSA for a blind contour drawing workshop over Zoom! Meet instructor, Maureen O'Keefe and learn how she takes what many of us view as a drawing warmup exercise to her finished creations. Follow along and use the kit included in registration to explore your own blind contour drawings!

Registrants will pick up their blind contour kits from the High Street Gallery (48 High Street, Dayton) 5-7pm Thursday November 12 or from 12-5pm Friday, November 13

Registration is limited. Registration is only $5 thanks to an MCACD Special Projects Grant! (If the $5 is cost prohibitive, e-mail or call 937-228-4532 for free registration!)

Blind Contour Painting Kit Includes

  • 12 pieces soft pastels by Blick
  • Fine Point sharpie marker
  • 1 sheet Strathmore 400 paper
  • 10 sheets newsprint
  • 6B pencil

Additional Materials Needed

  • Drawing Surface
  • pencil sharpener
  • Optional: tape to hold paper onto drawing surface

      Maureen O'Keefe
      Maureen O'Keefe was born in Sidney Ohio in 1980. She works primarily
      in acrylic paint on wood panel. Maureen received her BFA in Fine Art
      from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2005. She has shown
      work in seven states in both group and solo exhibitions. Maureen is a
      recipient of the Ohio Arts Council’s Individual Excellence Award for
      FY2019. Maureen is an active member of the Contemporary Dayton,
      and took part in their 2018 Art Source Fellowship program. She is
      currently employed at the Dayton Art Institute as well as Edison State
      Community College.

      The process for Maureen's current body of work involves a return to the
      blind contour drawing that is taught in beginning art classes. The artist
      never lifts the pencil from the surface and never looks at the drawing;
      only at the subject. Once a line drawing is finished in one sitting she has
      a template for a finished work.
      "My work investigates identities, labels, personas and belonging.
      The portrait and the figure are tools for this exploration of the
      tension between our perception of ourselves and how we are
      seen by others"

      The purpose of the workshop series, Introducing..., is to acquaint DSA members and the community to different mediums and methods in the visual arts. In conjunction, the attendees will get to know the instructing artist, their background, and tips and tricks of their trade.

      MCACD and Culture Works
      This project was supported in part by a Special Projects Grant funded by the Montgomery County Arts & Cultural District and administered by Culture Works.


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