Abstract Painting in Vermont
August 14 - 18, 2017 - FULL
Unity, Balance, and other Myths of Abstract Composition
So often we strive for "unity and balance" in composition. We want our images to "hang together", so we use repetition as a device for balance. Why is there such compelling urge to repeat ourselves? This tendency towards Unity and Balance Through Repetition sometimes leads to overly balanced, almost matchy-matchy, pieces that risk being boring or predictable. And yet, with no repetition at all, a piece risks looking like a junk heap instead of a compelling image. There are so many rules of composition; how can we keep them all straight? Do we need to obey them at all?
In this workshop we will open up the exploration of abstract composition beyond the traditional rules and formats. We will focus on variety and contrast, and test the limits of repetition and unity. Find new ways to keep your art practice fresh and exciting, without getting bogged down by "rules" that hold you back, and discover a more personal voice in your painting.
Join me, Jane Davies, for a five-day adventure in abstract painting in beautiful Manchester, Vermont. We will be using acrylic paints, collage, and drawing materials. Throughout the workshop I will demonstrate techniques and show examples from my own collection, as well as slide show presentations. Class hours are 9:30 - 4:30, with a break for lunch; the studio is open until 9:00pm.Download Supply List Here.
This workshop is open to intermediate students.You are intermediate if:
- You are familiar with acrylic paint, have some experience with it.
- You have a basic foundation in composition.
- You are familiar with color vocabulary and color mixing.
- You have taken a previous workshop with me.