THIS IS AN ONLINE CLASS. We use the Zoom platform for online classes. Login codes are sent prior to the first class only. Some email systems such as Hotmail block our emails to you. Please check your junk folders, and if you have have not received your class info, please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) 15-30 minutes before your class begins so we can reply with the login codes. We will get you into your class.
- Teacher: Fran O’Neill
- Class Length: 8 Week Class Session
- Start Date: Wednesdays, begins January 25 (Class will not meet on February 22)
- Time: 1:30 – 4:30 pm PST
This abstract painting online art class for is designed to examine and push the boundaries of abstraction via composition. The ‘journey’ is the process, and it is expected that a participant will come with a willingness to experiment and to see the ‘process’ as the act, rather than looking for a final product.
A variety of strategies will be explored. It is hoped that by delving into different approaches, this will lead each artist to find a new (or expand upon current) visual language/vocabulary that may be used further, during and following the course.
Issues of scale, tiny to huge; the use of different formats will be challenged. We will experiment with the use of the rectangle, questioning the traditional idea.
Various ideas of space will be discussed, and the implications of these different kinds of space(s) and other compositional elements including, but not limited to: shape, texture, collage, as well as other languages and mediums within abstraction.
The quality of the image will be investigated. Individual ideas for a “powerful image” will be discussed and hopefully identified. Additionally strategies to address content and materials will be considered. Other structural ideas will be addressed, including the use of the grid, the organic spiral and geometry, all of which play a part in research into the language of abstraction.
There will be 1:1 discussion of the work throughout class, as well as group critiques.
Materials and supplies
Don’t sweat it! Whatever you have on hand is great!
- Smartphone or camera
- Brushes: A large selection of rounds from small sable to large house painting rounds
- Drawing paper, pencils and charcoal
All sizes are suggestions, not requirements for this class. Whatever you have on hand is great.
- 2-3 small canvases – roughly 14” x 18” or 18” x 24”
- 2-3 medium canvas’ – roughly 28”x 34” or 30” x 48”-
Artist’s Choice: Oil, Acrylic, or Watercolor paints
Suggested Paint Colors
All colors are suggested, but are not requirements for this class. Whatever you have on hand is great. Suggested colors are listed in order of placement around the palette:
- Flake (or zinc) White
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Cadmium Red Light OR Medium
Caput Mortem Violet OR Indian Red
Windsor Violet (W&N) (Dioxazine Violet)
Cadmium Green Deep
Image by Fran O’Neill