Exploring and Expressing with Drawing and Painting
Instructor: Riad Miah
July 14 - July 27

This drawing and painting class is for individuals at intermediate and advanced level. In this workshop course, students will have the opportunity to combine working from direct observation around the stunning Assisi landscape, which will later be developed into studio assignments. The class time will be focused on landscape, the figure, architecture and still life within the content of the charming medieval comune. Assignments will combine perceptual observation while exploring drawing and painting’s materiality.

Paintings and drawings developed from the surrounding region will be used for the exploration of the individual’s artistic expressions within the studio assignments. Composition, surface, texture, and color will be explored and come together in several works to define the individual’s form of expression. The formal attributes of image making will be researched and serve as a vocabulary for the individual’s form of expression while pushing the boundaries to abstraction. Class time will be spent drawing and painting while being provided with group and individual discussions to gauge one’s exploration and inquiry.

Riad Miah is an artist and educator who lives and works in New York City. His work has been exhibited in New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, Chicago, Budapest, and Brussels. His work has been apart of various project shows at the Baltimore Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Modern Art, and The Metropolitan Museum. He has been a professor of art at various colleges and universities including School of Visual Arts, New York Arts Program, Parsons The New School for Design, and The Ohio State University. He has participated in several artist residencies including the Vermont Studio Center, Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture in Maine, Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten (HISK) in Antwerp, Belgium and is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the NY Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) in painting and Germination Europe (Germany). He has also been nominated/semi-finalist for the following: Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, Rema Hort-Mann Award, and the Basil H. Alkazzi Award for Excellence in Painting. Miah has presented artist talks on his work at Sarah Lawrence College, Dartmouth College, Virginia Commonwealth University, National Arts Club, Montclair State University, and Princeton University. His work is included in private, universities, and corporate collections, nationally and internationally. In 2016 he had a two-person show at Anderson Contemporary, and will be in a group exhibition that will feature works by Sol LeWitt and other artist titled Splotch at Lesley Heller Workspace. Riad Miah’s work is represented by Simon Gallery.

Nothing Happens in Heaven XI, oil on canvas, 6" x 12"
Nothing Happens in Heaven I, graphite on paper, 28 " x 11"
PD II No 4, oil on canvas over panel, 30" x 30"