Composition: Structure, Unity and Variety

Composition: Structure, Unity and Variety

Art reveals the evidence of our experiences and values. By observing and creating, the artist suggests themes that are essential to their character, and perpetuates the making and sharing of experiences. Through art, subjects become significant to us in unique ways, aesthetically and conceptually. Through lecture and demonstration, this workshop will reinforce the student’s understanding of composition, form and various methods of applying paint. Somewhat different and more advanced than the workshop “Suggesting Reality”, students will work on specific assignments, exploring ways of simplifying and abstracting the subject while adding endless variety to the marks and colors used. Students will be shown multiple ways of starting and building a painting (both with direct and indirect procedures such as Alla Prima and glazing) and ways of simplifying their palette preparation. This workshop inspires a more experimental approach, discovering new tools, methods, materials, as well as in adjusting elements of the painting, such as the value key/color palette, shapes and edges. Douglas will discuss and demonstrate the application of these principles to various subjects, including landscape, still life and portraiture. Douglas demonstrates frequently, every day of the workshop. Students are advised to first attend “Suggesting Reality” to be fully prepared for this class.
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• Students in this workshop have the option to start studying with Douglas Fryer in his “Suggesting Reality” Workshop, April 20-24, 2020.
• Students who are interested in the two workshops will receive a tuition discount. Tuition for both weeks is $1200 (a $170 savings).