Composition in Painting

Composition is a key subject in visual art and the principle of purposeful organization of any image. This course suggests numerous exercises aimed for students with some art experience to gain confidence in composition by analyzing step-by-step the artwork and the process of its creation from different angles. During the course, we will discuss perspective and its variations, arrangement of space, balance, movement, and color. Students will have a chance to analyze and interpret the composition of master paintings and how to apply these lessons to their own artwork.

Special Notes

This is an in-person class which will take place in our building with strict social distancing protocols and reduced student capacity. Please see our COVID-19 community safety policies.

Tuition Assistance is Available

To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, November 23rd. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Tuesday, December 7th.

What you will learn:

  • Learn the basics of the abstract (formal) composition

  • Get an understanding of the ways of expressing complex ideas via structures and relationships of the parts of the picture

  • Learn the basics of the color harmony

  • Learn the basics of the functional perspective

  • Learn how to apply anatomical knowledge to make up the figurative composition of the bodies in action

Required supplies:

  • 14×17 inch Bristol paper pad

  • Graphite pencils (HB, 2B, 4B)

  • Black marker

  • Paper (maquette) knife or exacto knife or/and scissors

  • Spare magazines/ prospects (etc) for collage

  • White (PVA) glue

  • Eraser

  • Acrylic or Gouache paints:

    • Titanium white
    • Ivory black
    • Light (or Gold) ochre
    • Burnt siena (or Venetian red)
    • Raw umber
    • Ultramarine blue
    • Emerald (or Viridian) green
    • Cadmium red light
  • For this class’s final work students might need oil colors as well, if they prefer to use them. However, we’ll need water-soluble paints for completing preliminary sketches and exercises.

  • Stretched canvas (about 16×20/20×24 inches)

  • Brushes of students’ choice

  • Palette or plate for mixing paints

  • Rags