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Driven to Abstraction II with Kelley MacDonald

  • Thursday, April 07, 2022
  • Thursday, May 26, 2022
  • 8 sessions
  • Thursday, April 07, 2022, 9:30 AM 12:30 PM (EDT)
  • Thursday, April 14, 2022, 9:30 AM 12:30 PM (EDT)
  • Thursday, April 21, 2022, 9:30 AM 12:30 PM (EDT)
  • Thursday, April 28, 2022, 9:30 AM 12:30 PM (EDT)
  • Thursday, May 05, 2022, 9:30 AM 12:30 PM (EDT)
  • Thursday, May 12, 2022, 9:30 AM 12:30 PM (EDT)
  • Thursday, May 19, 2022, 9:30 AM 12:30 PM (EDT)
  • Thursday, May 26, 2022, 9:30 AM 12:30 PM (EDT)
  • 157 Old Main Street Marshfield Hills, MA 02051
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If you have stood before an abstract painting and fallen in love with the shapes, colors and lines, you know the power that a good abstract painting can achieve.  While this class is a continuation of Driven To Abstraction I, it is the type of instruction that allows people to jump in at any point.  We will continue to try each week to focus on a different aspect of abstract painting.  Mostly we will work in an Intuitive style, but we will explore abstracted figures, landscapes and still lives.  We will use mark making and layering to give strength to our paintings and use different tools to achieve heights of mark making.  If you love color - come find out how to make the most of color, to make it perform for you - and how neutrals can help make your color pop.

It is a brave endeavor - and we are all in this together!  We will use the power of traditional painting principals such as composition, value and line to delve into the possibilities of abstract painting.  Join us! 


All, or as many as you can manage:

  • Disposable palette of any size  - but bigger is better!
  • Artist’s Tape (Painting tape OK too!)
  • Container for water
  • Substrates: 
    • Paper to paint on - watercolor or Canta-paper from strathmore, Bristol paper, etc. 
    • Assortment of  canvases (12x12 to 11x4 – shape, size does not matter)
    • one or two larger canvases - from 16x16 – 30x30 canvas or panel
  • Paint (Acrylic):
    • one large tube of any kind of black paint, can be of a lesser grade than professional
    • Gesso or large tube of white paint
    • warm and cool of red, yellow and blue (ex. Alizarin or rose and cad red light, ultramarine and cerulean or pthalo blue, cad yellow medium and cad lemon)
    • any other colors you like
  • Brushes and Mark Makers:
    • 1-inch, 2-inch and 3 inch flat brushes if you have them
    • a liner brush (from watercolor) and/or a small, tiny brush of your choice
    • as huge a brush as you dare to bring!
    • Any carving type item, credit card, (that you no longer use), Catalyst – Blick and Michaels sells them 
    • Shapers, goo spreaders and palette knives
  • And (any of these):
    • Stabilo pencils, vine charcoal, charcoal, derwent watercolor pencils, graphite pencils, any pastel sticks you like.  As long as you have SOME of these – you certainly don’t need all.  Pencils, yes, then some colored type pencils and/or pastel sticks, If you happen to have Neocolor or Neocolor II crayons, gel pencils or markers, colored or black and white – 
    • Any type of gel medium for exploring collage, and any thin paper or colored paper to incorporate (NOT strictly necessary)
    • Sprayer to keep acrylics moist
    • If you have taken an abstract class from me you probably already have everything you need!

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