Abstract Representation: Concepts

Spring 2018

Abstract Representation: Concepts

Class Start Date:  April 20, End Date: June 15

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.


Schedule of Classes:

Class 1) April 20 –Demonstration – “Seeing the Abstraction to Paint More Representational”

Class 2) April 27– Independent work

Class 3) May 4 – Independent work

Class 4) May 11- Lecture – “Contemporary (living) Women Artists”

            Continue individual work

Class 5) May 18 – Continue individual work

Class 6) May 25 Lecture – “Abstracting the Figure”

            Continue individual work

Class 7) June 1 – Figure Painting Day (Day 1 of 2)

Class 8) June 8 – Figure Painting Day (Day 2 of 2)

Class 9) June 15 9:30 – 12:00pm Figure Drawing, “Two Figures, the Space Between”

white charcoal paper, compressed charcoal, kneaded erasers, vine charcoal

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).


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.