Seeing Abstractly: Drawing into Painting
Instructor: Jill Phillips
Tuesdays, 7-10pm (8 weeks starting October 15)
Recognizing that even the most representational art is based on an abstract language, we will explore the fertile possibilities that arise when one begins to see the world with different, more inventive eyes. The ordinary suddenly become extraordinary, and visual elements become vehicles of meaning and choice. We will discover the unexpected surprises that sustained looking reveals, and hone our visual vocabulary to make use of those discoveries in unpredictable ways. When starting from observation, abstraction’s continuum can range from a simple result of choices in emphasis and editing, or it can be a total re-ordering and restructuring of what is out there in reality. Wherever it falls on the spectrum, it is dependent on the same basic vocabulary of visual elements and principles that we will employ, just configured in new and inventive ways. Through drawing, collage and paint, concepts and goals will include:
• the use of line, shape, value, color, texture in combination to communicate principles of weight, balance, rhythm, movement, tension, repetition, variation, unity:
• leading to how something feels in addition to how it looks, and
• allowing reality to unfold in ways that cannot possibly be imagined.
Who is this class for: This class is for students with some previous drawing and painting experience who are looking to push their seeing and mark-making into more personal, abstract and inventive ways.
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