Have you have ever had an interest in abstract painting? Would you like to paint with more freedom or feeling?
In this class we will explore a variety of mark-making techniques with an emphasis on finding what works for you as an artist. I will demonstrate drawing and painting intuitively, and share a few of my favorite abstract painters to help you understand some of the concepts behind non-representational painting (painting without recognizable imagery).
I will encourage you to try new things as a way to experience breakthroughs and encourage you to work quickly. You will be finding ways to develop your own way of applying paint and to compose the visual space.
During this class, you will work on many (up to twenty) small sketches and 3-4 paintings.
Who is this class intended for:
- Anyone who wants to explore non-representational painting
- Anyone who wants to strengthen and develop their own voice as a painter
- Anyone interested in taking risks with their painting
- Anyone who wants to have more confidence in their own way of painting
Note: It is recommended that you have some painting experience in acrylic or oil paint before taking this class; I will not be showing you how to mix paint or choose colors. The focus will be primarily composition, values, mark making, and a search for individuality.
Lesson 1 – We will begin with small studies to explore drawing intuitively
Lesson 2 – Today we will draw from our other senses (not sight) to help us escape the need to use recognizable imagery and to help us tap into our emotions.
Lesson 3 – Take the favorite sketch from our previous two lessons and turn them into an abstract painting.
Lesson 4 – Approaching a blank canvas with no sketch. (How to work intuitively.)
Lesson 5 – Explore how trying new things can take you in another direction. Do you normally work small? Try working large. Push yourself to do things you wouldn’t normally do.
Lesson 6 – Choose one of your paintings from the last two weeks and “wreck it” to save it.