Abstract Painting: Experimental Approaches

Julia Ricketts is a painter with a twenty-year career of exhibitions in the Northwest. She holds a BFA from Alfred University and has received grants from 4Culture and the The King County Arts Commission as well as residencies at Centrum and the Pilchuck Glass School. Her work is held in the collections of Microsoft, Oregon Health Sciences University, the Tacoma Art Museum, and in numerous private collections.
Monday
4/9-6/11 (no class 5/28)
6:30-9:30 P.M.
$440
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill
WEEK 1:

  • Pencils including a white or silver pencil
  • A kneaded gum eraser and hard eraser
  • sketch pad: 12×16 or larger
  • a ruler and scissors
  • a clear triangle
  • glue stick
  • one 20 x 30” sheet of thin black paper or 6 sheets of black construction paper

 

Week 2: PAINTING
Four small painting surfaces 8” – 12” per side such as small canvases, canvas boards, or primed canvas sheets
Week 3: One stretched canvas 18” or larger per side: 18” x 24”, 20” x 30”, 24” x 24”

Oil OR Acrylic Paints: Please bring the paint you are most familiar with! Beginners: use acrylics.
Purchase a “mixing” set such as Golden Principle 8 Mixing Set (acrylics) OR individual tubes as follows:

  • 1 tube each Black & Titanium White
  • 1 tube Napthol Red or Cadmium Red
  • 1 tube Hansa Yellow Light or Medium OR Cadmium Yellow Light or Medium
  • 1 tube Pthalo Blue or Ultramarine Blue
  • One or two earth tones: Burnt Siena, Burnt or Raw Umber, Ochre, or Titanium Buff
  • Optional: Viridian Green, Payne’s Gray

Assorted Brushes:

    • stiff / springy Flats, Rounds, and Filberts, your favorites in hog bristle (oils) or synthetic bristle (acrylic or oil) … #6 , #8, #10, and #12
    • One large house-paint brush 2″ – 3″ for gesso

Week 1: COLLAGE
Please bring: two or three small found objects you would like to draw from. Things with interesting shapes, components, or multiple sides are great; figurines, knickknacks, machine parts, tools, toys, and natural items with some complexity are all good choices. Symmetrical objects such as a vase or an apple will not work well.

Oil Painters:
Painting Medium: 50 / 50 Linseed/Gamsol mix in a small squeeze bottle is suggested
Also buy: 1 small bottle of Galkyd or a tube of Gamblin’s Solvent Free Gel (PLEASE, NO LIQUIN)
A jar with lid for solvent (Gage provides Gamsol)

Acrylic Painters:

      • 1 small bottle of Golden Retarder
      • 1 small bottle of Golden Satin Glazing Medium
      • A Stay-Wet Palette with sponge & extra liners OR a pad of waxy disposable palette paper

Week 2: PAINTING
Four small painting surfaces 8” – 12” per side such as small canvases, canvas boards, or primed canvas sheets
Week 3: One stretched canvas 18” or larger per side: 18” x 24”, 20” x 30”, 24” x 24”

 
Explore found and modified imagery; additive and subtractive modes in painting; and the creative use of materials and tools. Conceptual approaches to painting strategies are considered. Classroom work is done in drawing, collage, and oil or acrylic paint. Readings and discussion will provide context for our experiments and supplement the hands-on work.
 
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