Online Painting Workshop: Personal and Powerful with Nancy McCarthy Online

Sept 10-Dec 17, 2024

Eight meetings

Tuesdays 6:00 -9:30 p.m. eastern time

September 10 and 24

October 8 and 22

November 5 and 19

December 3 and 17


There are 3 main objectives in this ONLINE class:

• To identify aspects of your work that are distinct and personal, and to explore ways of developing and fortifying those aspects.

• To determine areas of your work that are weak and/or diminish your work and (using a variety of exercises), work to improve those areas.  

• To establish a consistent, disciplined painting practice.

The goal of creating more personal and powerful paintings will be addressed by considering the following issues: content, composition/format, color, surface as well as materials and craft. We will explore the aspects of painting that interest each student most, including experimentation with materials and conceptual and technical approaches to painting or more traditional work from observation. Classes consist of discussion, image presentations and critique. Each student will develop a set of written goals as well as a painting schedule. Students must be present and are encouraged to participate in all discussion and critiques. Students will post new work, preliminary drawings, and work in progress on the Padlet each week for discussion. Additionally, students are required to research and identify their relatives, 3 artists whose work shares common elements with their own work or the work they aspire to do.

Those who want more structure and/or direction will be given assignments tailored to their particular needs. Group discussion of student work along with looking at contemporary and historical painting will enhance the class.

Meetings will be held on Zoom and work will be shared on Padlet, the online platform.


Online classes at Black Pond are meant to be live and interactive.

The voices of all participants are vital to the experience. We seek to protect the intellectual property of our instructors. For these reasons, we generally do not record online meetings. If you are registered for a workshop and need to miss a meeting, please contact us (not your instructor) via email at, 24 hours in advance to request a recording of that meeting. Recordings are available for 48 hours.

We do not record entire workshops. 

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