Painting in the Abstract
Instructor | Jim Ellsberry
8 Tuesdays | Starts February 20 – April 10, 2018
Time | 1-4 pm
Tuition | $395
This workshop is a physical and mindful journey about creation and process – no judgement, rules, right or wrong. Abstract painting can build confidence through play and expression, remove mental boundaries, inspire imagination, and strengthen our visual language. “Painting in the Abstract” is for continuing and new students alike. Group and individual attention will be given by the instructor. Painting experience is helpful but not required. We will work in acrylic paints for all classroom projects. (In addition, the instructor will also introduce students to the use of oil paint and cold wax medium, which can be used on over acrylic paint.)
Week 1: Intro, Supplies, Demo
Welcome, lecture and demo. New students will learn more about supplies. Continuing students
will work with their Terrible Twos (2 bad paintings they will bring, repurpose and recover).
Weeks 2, 3: Achromatism: Creation Through Process
We work with achromatic black and white, plus limited color, on both paper and large canvas.
The goal is to create interest and surprise through intuitive use of line, shape, edge and mark.
We react to the unexpected, build up and tear down, and reveal the inherent knack and process
each student has for creation.
Weeks 4, 5, 6: Color Vision: Ground to Surface
Here, color reigns! We work on TWO wood-panel surfaces in three stages : 1) create a ground
(an underpainting) with fun, non-judgemental layering of streaks and pours of pure high-color
paint, 2) apply pre-determined analogous colors to calm the chroma; plus we add line, mark and
scrapings to further energize the surface, and 3) we use our achromatic palette and transparent
washes to integrate color, shape, mark and line, creating an overall cohesive painting.
Weeks 7, 8: Finding What You Don’t See
We create a series of individual pieces that can either stand alone or work together as a whole.
First we create a singular work on large paper. We then find the paintings within the painting by
cutting and disassembling into 4 parts , each relating to the other. Finally, we have fun with the
same technique to create an unusual abstract series in the shape of circular “tondo” pieces.