Tools for Abstraction

The online class will focus on teaching abstraction using multiple means of artistic expression and a variety of mediums. The class focuses on the use of unorthodox materials and creative problem solving conceptually, to achieve a concept or a project-based work. This class teaches core understanding of advanced color theory, creating a composition, conceptualizing art, forfeiting control, “act of creationism” (build to deconstruct and vice versa), and the use of mixed media to further enhance your painting. The class will focus on nourishing new skills and teaching the students to adapt to different uncomfortable environments, how to problem solve using creative solutions and tools, and advancing each student’s skills while working with each student individually to enhance their pursuit of art. The class focuses on using representational art as a reference, and then free form manipulating it into abstraction, or the use of abstraction to aid in creating fundamentals of representational fine art. This class is made for intermediate and advanced students.

Special Notes
This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class. Within 48 hours of registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

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 Wednesday, Aug. 12. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Wednesday, August 26.

What you will learn:

  • Emphasized history on abstraction and how it is related to current contemporary art

  • Improved understanding of color theory, compositional structuring, and subject matter

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

  • Taking risks, Problem-solving, and forfeiting control; by experimenting with mediums using a method of deconstructing to construct

  • Conceptualizing the subject matter, and the philosophy behind understanding how to come up with a concrete idea/ concept

  • How to express oneself by adding one’s own content whether through the visual or conceptually, with the conjunction of the the artist preferred mediums

Required supplies:

  • Surfaces to paint on (varies, though do not exceed 24″ in any dimension unless it will be used for the final optional project)

  • Sketchbook Pad XL Canson (Mixed media paper 195gms, the book cover is blue) a regular 11 x 14 is fine

  • Preferred paint depending on the artist’s choice: Either Oil or Acrylic. the colors to get are: titanium white. Ivory Black. Raw Sienna(optional). Burnt Sienna. Ultramarine or french Ultramarine. Cobalt or Phthalo or Prussian Blue. Cadmium red. Alizarin crimson (or similar derivative). Lemon Yellow. Cadmium yellow.

  • Brown ink (Burnt sienna, Umber or Burnt Umber). Ink must be acrylic.

  • Charcoal any kind (small amount for one class only)

  • Masking tape

  • Any of these materials are useable, feel free to get a mixture of any of these. The goal is to have different water soluble materials to experiment with (at least three): acrylic pens (simple white or black only); whiteout liquid or tape; water-soluble Ink; water-based wax crayons; gouache or /and watercolor; colored pencil or watercolor pencils; oil pastel; NuPastel; sepia chalk pen