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
Blind Contour Painting Kit Includes
Additional Materials Needed
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
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.