Abstract Painting Workshop

Abstract Painting Workshop

Instructor | Jim Ellsberry
Tuition | $330

6 Tuesdays | January 29 – March 5, 2019
Time |  12:00-3:00pm  (full/waitlist)
6 Wednesdays | January 30 – March 6, 2019
Time | 12:00-3:00pm  (full/waitlist)

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This is a workshop in abstract painting using acrylic paints and mixed media materials. The instructor will present past and current abstract painters, and students will complete individual painting projects based on the artists and ideas studied. This class does not require previous painting experience, and the instructor will help each student develop at their own pace.

The goals of these workshops are to help students:

  1. Broaden their understanding of abstract art
  2. Explore new ideas, materials and techniques
  3. Define and develop individual artist direction

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION Images below are some of the artists we will study.

  • Weeks 1 & 2: Abstracting the Figure
    In these first two weeks students will work from their own photos, sketches, or magazine tear-outs of the figure. The instructor will discuss and demonstrate techniques used to break the subject apart and recombine its elements, allowing each student to discovery new imagery and ideas for their painting.
  • Weeks 3 & 4: Abstracting the Landscape
    The landscape – even when abstracted – is largely about composition. Working from their own source material – or instructor-supplied photos – students will learn ways to simplify this complicated subject while retaining visual interest. Although traditional elements of color, shape, line, value and texture are emphasized, each student is encouraged to experiment with these elements to develop their own interpretation of the landscape.
    Wolf Kahn Ivon Hitchens
  • Weeks 5 & 6: Non-Objective Abstraction
    Whereas “abstract” painting often begins with recognizable objects, “non-objective” painting is more about the artist’s pure sense of expression. Here we continue to use the key elements of painting (shape, line, color, etc.), but in a much more intuitive way. Starting with a general sketch to establish composition, the student works through a process of action and reaction. The painting is allowed to evolve in a way that is often surprising and always interesting.