1 Day Workshop
10-3 with short lunch break. Held at DawnArt Studios, Taught by Lauren Adams
An abstract painting can evoke mood or suggest specific reference, but it can also be about painting itself. Whether you desire to work in abstraction from nature, or purely non-representationally, you will learn to trust your intuition while exploring color and composition, and find your creative edge by pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone.
In this one-day workshop we’ll focus on transitioning from representation into abstraction by simplifying the image. We will explore the elements of visual language – line, shape, color, texture, pattern, value, etc. – and look at how these elements relate to one another within the boundaries of a painting. I try to pave the way into that precarious “I-don’t-know-what-to-do-next” zone, where you are challenged to forge a personal path, with guidance, to discover the satisfaction of making art that is truly your own. Cultivating a degree of comfort, or at least willingness to venture into new territory is one of the keys to finding your creative edge.
** Acrylic Paint Only
o A sketchbook or pad with multimedia paper (ready to accept paint) approx. 11” x 14” or Bristol board pad approx. 11” x 14”.
o A medium sized painting surface (around 16”x20” or larger) - canvas board, stretched canvas, or wood panel
o Acrylic paints (2 sets of primaries plus white and a neutral):
• cadmium red, ultramarine or cobalt blue and cadmium yellow,
• quinacridone magenta, pthalo blue and hansa yellow
• titanium white
• ochre yellow, burnt umber, raw umber, OR burnt sienna
o Brushes, bring your favorites in a variety of shapes & sizes and include ideally & a wide brush (at least 3”)
o palette knife(s)
o Gloss Medium (or Gloss Medium and Varnish)
o squirt bottle for water
o Paper towels
o Palette (palette paper/pad, sta-wet, or plastic/paper plate)
o Blue tape or artist’s tape
o Anything else you have on hand that seems like it might be useful. I suggest Golden, Liquitex, Winsor Newton or Utrecht. These brands are excellent for pigment load and minimal color shift. You may bring any other colors that you have. I recommend shopping at Binders, or Utrecht/Dick Blick
Contact Lauren for questions - Lauren @ firstname.lastname@example.org