Abstract Composition

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.
4/9 – 6/11
No Class on 5/28
1:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.
Gage Capitol Hill
  • Spiral bound sketchbook 14” x 17 or 18” x 24” with good quality all-media paper with a light tooth.
  • Strathmore charcoal or pastel paper 18” x 24” in assorted tones. Recommended brand in link below. If you have some paper, bring it Week 1.
  • Collage papers: neutral colors Week 1-2, assorted colors subsequent weeks. Tru-Ray paper is available in various color packs and is fade-resistant. Collect “found” papers including some with pattern or texture.
  • Brown, black, and white conte crayons – 2B
  • Assorted charcoal and compressed charcoal
  • NuPastels (24 colors) …NO OIL PASTELS please
  • Pencils and Colored Pencils
  • Ruler and Clear Triangle
  • Scissors
  • 3 glue sticks
  • YES paste (optional)
  • Blending Stumps
  • Assorted Erasers including Kneadable Gum Eraser
  • Artist Tape (low tack) or blue painter’s 1” tape
  • Spray fixative

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Learn about various approaches to composition through a series of collages, then enlarge select compositions into finished charcoal and pastel drawings.