3 Virtual (Zoom) Days In Celebration of Flowers!
Monday through Wednesday March 25, 26 & 27, 2024
11 am to 3 pm with a 45 minute lunch break each day
Register for this class HERE
What is this class about?
- An intensive exploration of the nature of flowers, plants, containers, floral still life. We will abstract the forms and textures of the plant materials. There will be continuous demonstrations.
Who is this class for?
- Artists fairly familiar with their favorite mediums (watercolor, acrylics, oils, pastels or mixed-media). The medium is not as important (your choice of favorite) as is your attitude of guided experimentation!
What is the objective of this class?
- FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME OR STUDIO! For 3 sequential days we will approach our flowers, plants, stems and plant materials in new and unique ways and attempt to depict not pretty, objective, realistic flowers but, instead, to abstract their shapes, textures and forms. By using our tools and exploring new ways to create marks and textures, we will lead the viewer’s eyes straight into and through the plants, hopefully to experience their very nature.
- Each morning we will loosen up by gestural drawing on large drawing paper or newsprint(see What will I need, below). Contour drawing and other fun exercises will aim to free up our dependence on realism. After lunch we will switch to paint and, once again, use our tools in new ways to abstract these marks, shapes and forms.
What will I need for this class?
- Please have a variety of plants, flowers, stems in multiple vases. Formal arrangements are not necessary so long as you have a variety of plants, textures, blossoms, petals in at least 2 or more vases. Consider exploring yards, walking paths, grocery store plants, dried flowers, house plants, silk plants if necessary. Create space in your painting area where you can set up this still life and work for 3 sequential days, 3 hours each day (with a lunch break in the middle).
- Have multiple large sheets of drawing paper each morning, at least 11 x 14″, preferably larger. Newsprint is great. Consider using an easel and charcoal or a dark drawing implement.
- Afternoons we will abstract the floral arrangement by mark-making with paint (your choice of medium), referring to our drawing exercises for ideas of marks and textures.
- Paint on whatever substrate you prefer–paper, board, canvas. Although you may create some “keepers”, it is preferable to consider these paintings as exercises, not finished paintings, so you don’t become precious with your exploration of materials and tools. For this class, the more experimental and NON-precious you work, the better
Is this a watercolor class or acrylics?
- You are encouraged to paint with your favorite medium. All are welcome, even oils! Artists will use what is familiar but use it in new and unique ways.
- Acrylic painters may build up their surfaces with collage and various layers of paint. Watercolorists should consider having an opaque medium (gouache, Dr. Ph. Martin’s bleedproof white, etc.) to freely work back into dark areas with white or light colors.