Studio Workshop

Painting: Exploring Figure and Ground

Discover multiple ways to paint the figure in this three-session course (November 10, 17, and 24) inspired by the exhibition Balthus: Cats and Girls—Paintings and Provocations. Contemporary artist Jaqueline Cedar leads conversations and painting exercises centered on the work of the Polish-French modern artist Balthus, his contemporaries, and other significant artists who used painting to render the figure in real and imaginary environments. Visit the exhibition, learn to use drawing as a planning tool, develop skills in building a composition, and practice working from live models in acrylic paint. Create a series of three paintings and drawings over the course of the workshop.

This workshop meets in the Met's galleries and studios. Participants must be 18 or older. All levels welcome. Space is limited. Purchase tickets below or at the Great Hall box office. Registration ends at noon on the Tuesday before the first day of the course. For more information, email studioprograms@metmuseum.org or call 212-570-3961. Please call 212-570-3949 or visit the box office to receive student pricing.

Instructor: Jaqueline Cedar

Jaqueline Cedar is a New York–based painter who currently teaches at the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation. She is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University. She holds advanced degrees in art from University of California, Los Angeles and Columbia University. She recently exhibited her paintings in New York and Los Angeles.

Fee: $195 for the three-session workshop, plus $20 for materials. Fee includes Museum admission. Limited student discounts available.

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