Suggesting Reality & Composition: Structure, Unity and Variety (2 Week)

Suggesting Reality & Composition: Structure, Unity and Variety (2 Week)

Suggesting Reality Workshop

Through lecture and demonstration, this workshop will not only reinforce an understanding of composition and form, but will also explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. We will explore systems of dividing the space within the rectangle, distributing the lines and forms of the subject. Students will participate in discussions regarding the subtleties, variations, lines, textures and colors that enliven our senses and captivate our interest; the way our eyes perceive things and how we make choices regarding their relative importance; the suggestion of the passage of time; the relative states of motion and stillness; how the artist may represent nature in order to reflect on their perceptions, experiences and values while also contemplating the important power of content, symbol and abstraction. Douglas demonstrates frequently, every day of the workshop.

Composition: Structure, Unity and Variety Workshop

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. www.douglasfryer.blogspot.com

• Students who are interested in taking the two workshops will receive a tuition discount. Tuition for both weeks is $1200 (a $170 savings.)