Jane Davies, Instructor
Dates May 15-19, 2018 (9am – 4pm)
Materials Fee: $0
Composition means the arrangements of elements and their relationships to one another within the framework of your painting or collage (or any art form). There are so many factors – color, line, shape, contrast, focal area, movement, etc. – that it is hard to get a handle on it.
Approaching composition from the standpoint of Exploring Opposites can be an enlightening way to tackle the subject. In teaching, I find myself repeatedly saying things like: “all of your colors are saturated. How about adding some neutrals?” or “your values seem to be all mid-range. How about including very dark and/or very light values?” or “your piece is very busy; how about some quiet space?”
In this workshop we will explore the elements and principles of composition in terms of pairs of opposites: bright/dull; large/small; textured/smooth; busy/quiet, and so forth. You will come away with the tools to create dynamic works of art, and a deeper understanding of how to use the Yin and Yang of composition!
We will be working in acrylic paint, collage, and drawing materials.