Quayside Workshop


Balancing Opposites: The Yin and Yang of Abstract Composition

Pensacola, Florida  - November 6 -10, 2017 Composition means the arrangements of elements and their relationships to one another within the framework of your painting or collage (or any art form). Yet the concept of composition is elusive.  There are so many factors all working together at once – color, line, shape, contrast, focal area, movement, etc.  How do you keep track of them all?  Approaching composition from the standpoint of Balancing Opposites can be an enlightening way to tackle the subject.  In teaching, I find myself repeatedly saying things like: “all of your colors are saturated.  How about balancing that out with some neutrals?” or “your values seem to be all mid-range.  How about including very dark and/or very light values?” or “your piece is very busy; how about some quiet space?” In this workshop we will explore the elements and principles of composition in terms of pairs of opposites:  bright/dull; large/small; textured/smooth; busy/quiet, and so forth.  You will come away with the tools to create dynamic compositions, and a deeper understanding of how to balance the Yin and Yang of composition!   Workshop held at: Quayside Gallery, Pensacola, FL November 6 - 10, 2017 Fee: $500. ($100. deposit) Download the supply list.   To Register: Call Diane Goeller at 650-438-2363 Email Diane: dgoeller@cox.net
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