Week One: Abstract Drawing
In this drawing workshop students explore expression and design through improvised abstraction. Working on paper in a variety of wet and dry media, the goal is to develop sensitivity to nuances of tone and touch while experimenting with formal structures.
Beginning with an exploration of mark making and layering, the week progresses through the abstraction of natural form to a synthesis of both shape and gesture. Work is made on tabletop at small to medium scale. Discussion centers on class work and Powerpoint lectures that cover key topics related to drawing, art making, and the historical development of abstraction.
Week Two: Abstract Painting
This course explores abstraction in acrylic paint on paper. Using the same strategies and formats as in the monochromatic drawing of the previous week, students expand the focus to include color and the physical properties of paint and the characteristics of the brush and knife. As in the drawing workshop, work is be made on tabletop on paper at small and medium scale. Discussions will continue to focus on classroom production and Powerpoint lectures. This combination of improvisational workshops provides an excellent way to integrate the conscious and unconscious mind within the making process and free yourself from rigid habits and creative inhibition.
This informative and relaxed workshop is an excellent choice for quilters, surface designers, painters, graphic designers, and anyone who makes two-dimensional art.