There is no hard and fast formula for creating good abstract composition, but there are guidelines to help develop your critical perception of what works and what does not. In this class, we will explore design principles that can bring a painting to life, using compositional tools that artists have deployed for centuries. Through individual and group critiques, we will explore how these principles can be applied to your own work, giving you the solid foundation you need to continue your own explorations, long after the class is over. All classes are supplemented with slide presentations, demo recordings, handouts, and critiques of work done in and out of class.

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In recognition of the national examination of systemic racism and injustices, Gage Academy of Art is committed to continued analysis and expansion of our own institutional practices.

Land Acknowledgment: Gage Academy of Art would like to acknowledge that we stand on the traditional ancestral lands of the Coast Salish peoples—specifically the Duwamish People, past and present—and honor, with gratitude, the land itself, the Duwamish Tribe, and their ancient heritage. Without them, we would not have access to this gathering, dialogue and learning space. We ask that we take this opportunity to thank the original caretakers of this land, who are still here.

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