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Visual Research and Painting from Source Material with Pete Hocking

September 17 @ 10:00 am 1:00 pm

Tuesday-Friday, September 17-20, 10am-1pm

4 sessions | $300 for members, $330 for non-members

Painters draw inspiration from sources, be it observation, experience, dreams, imagination, objects, writing, photographs, illustration, film/video mirrors, drawings, or other manifestations of visual culture.

Approaching painting as a subjective art form, this workshop will consider ways artists navigate visual culture, undertake visual research, and transform source material (as opposed to simply reproducing it) into original artworks. We’ll explore the process of keeping visual journals, archives of source material, and creating plans for studio practice. Participants will be encouraged to use photographic references, drawings, still-life setups, mirror, etc. in the creation of artworks during the four days of the workshop. 


Pete Hocking is a painter, teacher, curator & writer on Cape Cod. His work is concerned with nature, place, poetics, and identity. He’s a founding board member of Provincetown Commons, an economic development center for the creative economy. He taught part-time at RI School of Design from 1997- 2022. From 2003-2021 he was full-time faculty in Goddard College’s MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program. He was director of RISD’s Office of Public Engagement (2007-11), and Associate Dean of the College & Director of the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University (1992-2005).

Website: petehocking.org, Instagram: @p.hocking

Pete Hocking, Poseidon’s Kiss no. 2, 2022, oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches