Taking Charge of Your Painting Compostion


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

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41 Cooper Square
18 - &up Simonian 5/2 - 5/3 Sa Su 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM $300.00 View