Scheduled Dates

5/2/2020   10:00 AM  05:00 PM
5/3/2020   10:00 AM  05:00 PM

Taking Charge of Your Painting Compostion

Dates: 5/2/2020 to 5/3/2020
Schedule: Sa Su 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

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Located in : 41 Cooper Square, 506
Instructor: Judith Simonian

Regular Student: $300.00

Composition is the frequently overlooked component in a 2-D artwork
that can make or break an otherwise successful painting. This workshop
explores spatial principles such as rhythm, balance, unity, focal
points, directional movement and more. Learning how to use these
principles gives you a powerful tool that can keep the viewer interested
in looking at your artwork or look away in boredom or confusion.

Through hands-on class projects students will become aware of how the
placement, size and distribution of shapes, colors, lines can
effectively direct the movement through the pictorial space. They will
recognize areas of high and low value contrast, contour continuation and
perspective lines and how they can direct the eye. Extensive analysis
of important paintings by Vermeer and Munch, and contemporary artists
such as Angela Dufresne, Kerry James Marshall, and Jason Stopa will help
clarify these elusive concepts. We will see how the camera informed the
compositions of Degas and Bonnard.

New painting projects will be introduced each day as well as several
methods of preparing your own composition maps. These include pencil
thumbnail sketches, ink wash and color collages with color aid paper.
Smart phones and digital cameras are valuable tools for trouble shooting
a composition. Paper cropping guides will be used extensively to
demonstrate strength and weakness of a your own composition.

This class is designed for a student at any level who has some
experience in the paint medium of their choice. Bring lots of black and
white as well as color photos that can be cut up and marked on for first

Additional Information

Required Materials

  • Set of Paints your choice (acrylic, gouache or watercolor)
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Phthalocyanine (phthalo) Blue
    • Hookers Green
    • Cadmium Yellow Medium or other golden yellow Hansa Yellow or other lemon yellow
    • Cadmium Red Hue or Naphthol Crimson
    • Dioxazine Purple
    • Burnt Sienna (also look at Raw Sienna and Burnt Umber, and Ochre and chose one you like)
    • Titanium White (most opaque, avoid Zinc) - large tube 5 oz.
    • Black (many varieties; all are fine)
  • Palette Pad of Disposable paper palettes for (Acrylics or Gouache) Metal, plastic with wells for mixing colors (Watercolor)
  • Brushes - your choice plus one inexpensive large flat brush at least 2” wide
  • Water containers (3)
  • Rags or paper towels
  • Small drawing pad about 8 x 12 (NOT newsprint)
  • 2 Sheets of Arches Watercolor Paper (or a comparative high quality paper) 140# or heavier 22”x30” hot press or cold press, that can be cut into quarters
  • one sheet of thin foam core, white mounting board or matt board (about 16”x20”) to make cropping guide in class
  • Matt knife or Exacto knife to cut board
  • Ruler
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Black and white digital pictures (6 or more ) or something you want to paint but that can be cut or drawn on A variety of objects to paint – this will be discussed on first day

Age Range:  18  -  & UP