Understanding Abstract Expressionism: New York City
9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
Gage Capitol Hill
You don’t need anything the first day except for taking notes.
For our first meeting please bring in a completed painting you have recently done so we may begin our analysis and understanding of your work. Please remember that we are all here to learn from each other and there is no one way to approach painting. Each person’s goals will be respected as we strive to develop our individual talents. There is no one way agenda, only a way to make your work logical, consistent and convincing within your interests. Color is difficult to do and even to understand often, and can be a great help as a major factor in any paintings emotional, psychological and intellectual power turning the work into an experiential as well as a referential visual experience. It can support the structure as well as the intended idea or be a detriment to a basic concept. It can define and enhance rather than just decorate a drawing or concept.
I look forward to many different points of view and ideas and all will be treated equally and with respect while looking for ways to further your ambitions.
Abstract Expressionism was born out of the cultural turmoil of the Forties and Fifties, which resulted in a renaissance of all the arts. In this class, we will work through the many ideas and artists that surfaced in New York City during those years through painting exercises, lectures, and independent work. The goal is to see, do, discover, and create experiential rather than referential work in a logical, consistent, and convincing manner. Recommended for advanced students willing to experiment and work independently. Oils, water-based oils, acrylics, and gouache are suitable mediums. A class fee of $25.00 for materials