September 25-27, 2020

ZOOM daily 10:00AM – 2:30PM EST

Very often, artists find themselves stuck and unable to move forward—and completely dependent on creating art through copying reference photos. Trapped in this comfort zone, some artists want—but are unable—to free their art to explore new modes of expression. The purpose of this workshop is to demonstrate and explore alternative and exciting ways of creating with pastels more bold, expressive, and abstracted art that taps into our imagination and visual memories. Artists will hopefully take with them a renewed confidence and excitement to approach art-making differently, experiment and become empowered to take more risks, and tap further into their imaginations!
Maximum number of participants: 12

Day 1
10:00AM – 10:30AM: Welcome and Introduction

10:30AM – 12:00PM: Expressionism and Abstraction:
Exploring great works by contemporary artists (various media) from all over the world with an interactive analysis and discussion of the primary elements of masterful composition in abstracted art—line, shape, color, value/texture, notan.

12:00PM – 12:30PM: Break

12:30PM – 2:30PM: Continuation of morning session with focus on secondary elements of composition in abstracted art with examples from contemporary art
*Movement and dynamism
*Pattern, rhythm, and repetition
*Balance and equilibrium
*Unity and harmony
*Dominance and emphasis
*Contrast and opposition
*Variation and gradation
*Space, plane division, and depth

Day 2
10:00AM – 11:00AM: Demo on how to create an abstracted still life without reference photos or still life set-up.

11:00AM – 12:30PM: Artists paint their own abstracted still life (1 or more) based on Day 1 inspiration plus demo.

12:30PM – 1:00PM: Break.

1:00PM – 2:30PM: Group discussion and critique of paintings with suggestions of how to move forward.

Day 3
10:00AM – 11:00AM: Demo on how to create an abstracted landscape from childhood memories/ imagination.

11:00AM – 12:30PM: Artists paint their own abstracted landscape (1 or more) based on Day 1 inspiration plus demo.

12:30PM – 1:00PM: Break.

1:00PM – 2:30PM: Group discussion and critique of paintings with suggestions on how to move forward.

Materials:
Artists will require the usual set of materials needed for PSA workshops plus water colors or acrylic paints for underpaintings. Paper of your choice not to exceed 40 x 40 cm.

Cost for this four-day workshop:
$350 for PSA members
$385 for non-members

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