Part of the Program: Adult Classes and Workshops

2A | Spontaneous Abstraction (Online)

06/18/20
06/25/20
07/02/20
1:30 pm
4:30 pm
From the comfort of your own home

Have you ever felt unsure how to start a painting, or discouraged by a blank white canvas? This class focuses on techniques that enable you to paint with confidence by tapping into your intuitive process and finding inspiration more easily. Discover how unplanned marks and passages of paint become artistic breakthroughs; communicate movement and emotion through mixing color, creating texture, and building journeys through line and space. Demonstrations will allow you to explore new possibilities, work instinctively and enhance your knowledge of the process of painting. One-on-one critiques will occur during each session.

 Day 1: Introduction

  • Begin first painting:  creating a strong monochromatic under-drawing with pencils, charcoal, brushes and rags
  • Fixing the under-drawing
  • Begin painting with a few colors to establish mood
  • Enhance colors
  • Prepare a second canvas
  • Individual critique

Day 2: Slide presentation about color

  • Begin second painting with a focus on color
  • How to enhance colors following the instructor's directions with examples of color masters from art history
  • How to prevent muddy color
  • Editing as an important part of the painting process
  • Creating busy and calm areas and focal points
  • Finish first and second paintings
  • Prepare a third canvas
  • Individual critique

Day 3: Slide presentation about using cool and warm and dark and light colors

  • Begin third painting with black and white and a warm or cool color
  • Adding warm/cool color to enhance spatial relationships between foreground and background
  • Using a dominant color to unify the painting
  • Editing and finishing
  • Individual critique