Abstract Representation: Concepts

Winter 2018

Abstract Representation: Concepts

Class Start Date:  January 26, End Date: March 23

Days: Fridays,   Time: 1:00 – 3:30pm

This class is designed for artists with traditional backgrounds to think abstractly in their work. This class pushes your understanding of composition design, color relationships, and eye movement and promotes using your artistic license.  This is an ideal class for artists who want to take their work to a new level.   All painting mediums welcome! $10 model fee paid in class. Minimum age 16.


Winter Schedule of Classes:

Class 1) January 26 Introductions, demonstration “Approaches to Making Paintings”

               To start off the class we will paint a still life just like any old still life.  We’ll aim to make the painting representational and painted direct from life.  Once that painting is completed, we will discuss ways to paint the same painting again (on a separate surface) and simplify the quantity of colors used, but use other means to make the painting more interesting such as embellished edges and color, thickness of brushwork etc.  12×12” for the still life.

Class 2)

 February 2 Class discussion “Preparing your Artist Documents”

               Continue working on Still Life, one complex painting, one simplified, 12×12” (or similar)

Class 3) February 9 Independent work

               Continue working on Still Life, one complex painting, one simplified, 12×12” (or similar)

Class 4) February 16 Lecture – “What’s the Point of Abstracting Anything?”

               Continue individual work

Class 5) February 23 – Continue individual work

Class 6) March 2 Lecture- Abstraction and the Figure

               Continue individual work

Class 7) March 9 – Figure Painting Day (Day 1 of 2)

Class 8) March 16 – Figure Painting Day (Day 2 of 2)

Class 9) March 23 9:30 – 12:00pm Figure Drawing, “Out of Comfort Drawing”

Vine charcoal, erasers, colored drawing media and newsprint and drawing paper

12:00 – 3:30pm- lunch/critique (Bring food!) – Bring up to 5 paintings/drawings to be critiqued by the group (open both morning and afternoon Friday classes) Critique begins at 1:00pm


Please note that there is a $10 model fee.  I will be sending weekly emails each week reminding you what you will need for the upcoming Friday Class.  Be sure that I have your correct email to receive these updates.



Material List for Abstract Representation 

ANY two dimensional color medium such as oil, acrylic, watercolor, or gauche.  With the figure days, I suggest using a toned ground (unless you are working in watercolor).  For the first exercise, two painting surfaces of 12×12″ or similar rectangle are required.