Fundamentals for Artists: Stretcher and Gesso Workshop
This workshop will teach students of all skills and ages the basics of preparing a canvas for painting. Students will learn to build stretcher bars, stretch canvas, and prepare the canvas in a variety of ways. We will use rubber mallets to assemble the stretchers and a staple gun for the canvas. The students will learn how to professionally prepare the canvas with gesso and other mediums, achieving a fine surface. Additionally, students will learn the basics of making their own gesso with rabbit skin glue and marble dust.
Sutton is a painter living and working in Fayetteville, AR, where he is also pursuing a MFA. Sutton earned his BFA in Painting from Southern Illinois University, and has studied at the New York Academy of Art, NYU, the New York Studio School in 2019 and 2021, and the Mt. Gretna School of Art in Pennsylvania. He has shown work in group and juried exhibitions in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, and Arkansas.
Working in drawing, print, and oil, Sutton employs the historically dense subjects of landscape, still life, and portraiture as the foundation by which to investigate touch, mark, and surface. Seeking a delicate balance between mark and image, Sutton explores the sensory phenomena of these subjects. Sutton engages with a lineage of painters, past and present, who seek to expand the possibilities of painting from direct experience in the contemporary moment.