Painting: Abstracting the Real

With the real world as your starting point, create abstracted images with emotive and narrative content. This course addresses issues of structure, color, and technique as you work from unique studio arrangements, the life model, or your own photographic and sketch references. While the emphasis is on oil painting, experimentation with varied artistic languages and exploration of materials and methods are encouraged.

Previous painting experience strongly recommended. This studio course will be focused but relaxed; social but non-intrusive. It is intended for serious students intent upon developing skills and a deeper understanding of art in general, and their own art in particular. Each student will work at his, or her own pace.

What you will learn in this class:

  • Increased awareness of recent developments in visual arts (especially painting)

  • Improved understanding of color theory

  • Better compositional structures

  • Role of mark-making, and the physicality of materials in creating an image

  • Spatial conceptions

Required supplies:

  • There will be a presentation at the first class, including a discussion of materials. In the time remaining, students will begin to develop concepts for their first painting, and should bring a minimal assortment of supplies for that purpose.

  • Sketching materials*

  • A painting surface*

  • A few tubes of oil or acrylic paint (suggested is white, ultramarine blue, and burnt sienna)*

  • Odorless paint thinner (oil painters only)*

  • Painting medium*

  • Palette and palette knife*

  • Paper towels

  • A small assortment of brushes*

  • Items marked with an asterisk are available for purchase in Fleisher’s school store. Members receive a 10 percent discount on art supply purchases.