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A mixed media class in drawing, painting, color, and having fun experimenting with materials.
Week 1: Starting with Black and WhiteUsing black Sumi ink full strength and diluted on printmaking paper you will use the biggest brush you have to create a strong statement. You can do a few quick gesture paintings and leave them in black and white or use my clear gesso to create a tooth to incorporate pastel. I will do an animal demo. Consider bringing animal references. Action is good. (I’ll provide ink and paper if you don’t have any)
Week 2: QuickiesWe will start with small 5 minute gesture studies then proceed to 10-15 minute studies. The goal is loosening up and using confident color. Think of creating rhythm and expressive strokes. Make a mark and try to leave it. Vary the pressure on your stick. Bring in uncomplicated photo reference and/or still life materials. Pre-select a few color palates to save time. Any medium you like or want to try.
Week 3: Make your colors POPWe will work on black Uart or canvas. You can tone Uart even darker with a few dark pastels and alcohol. Bring in reference that is mostly dark with a little light. Even “dull” colors look brilliant against the black.
Week 4: Colors You LOVEStart with a palate that excites you. Create it yourself or bring in art/photo/fabric/object with colors that resonate. If you are a fast painter, bring in 2 or 3. Also bring in photo references of subjects that are different from your inspiration palate. The point is to come up with more creative color choices and not to use local/true-life color.
Week 5: Bring In Your Duds/Unfinished MasterpiecesAnything goes today. No fear when working on something you have put aside. Start with a fresh vision and push it.
Note: If it is a beautiful day and not too hot, we may paint outdoors. Individual choice.
Materials: (I use Dick Blick online)
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