Mark Making: For Oil and Acrylic Painters with Nancy McCarthy


Session 1 9:30-10:30AM

Atelier 2: Mark Making: For Oil and Acrylic Painters

 We sometimes are oblivious to the fact that paintings are three-dimensional objects. The marks on the surface are communicating as much to the viewer as color and shape. Consideration of the scale of the mark in relation to the surface as well as tools that can be employed to activate the surface of oil and acrylic paintings will be presented.







Keynote Speech at  Noon

Studio Time: Practice Makes Paintings

 This talk addresses the importance of a disciplined painting practice and strategies for establishing one.








Nancy McCarthy

Nancy McCarthy is a painter who works both from imagination and observation. Exhibitions include: “Veils,” There Gallery, NYC; “Beyond Texture,” Truro Center for the Arts, Truro, MA;  “The Unstilllife,” Guest artist, Zeuxis,University of Arkansas, Fort Smith, AK; “A Cat May Look,” Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA; solo exhibition, Fitchburg University; “Color Works,” Truro Center for Arts, Truro, MA; Manifest Drawing and Painting Center, Cincinnati, OH; Simmons College, Boston; Gutman Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; and Bowery Gallery, NY. Awards include: a residency at the Inside Out Museum in Beijing China, a St. Botolph Foundation Award, Artist’s Grant, Vermont Studio Center and a Ragdale Foundation Fellowship. She has served as a mentor in both MassArt’s and Lesley University’s low residency MFA Programs and has taught painting, drawing and color courses at Massachusetts College of Art and Design since 2005. In 2018 she was a visiting artist at the Beijing Royal Academy in Beijing, China.  She is the cofounder of Black Pond Studio in Rehoboth, MA.