Principles of Abstraction
with Larry Moore
November 10 – 13, 2022 Thursday – Sunday
Thursday: 10 am – 5 pm | Friday – Sunday: 9 am – 4 pm
Experience Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Students must have some experience in mixing color and handling a brush, levels 2 to 5 on a 1 to 5 scale.
This 4-day class, taught by artist/author Larry Moore, will push you into new territory where growth lives. With a focus on the principles of design and abstraction, you will be shown a system for developing your voice as an artist. The emphasis is on creative process, exploring new ways to develop a painting, create inventive compositions, and build authentic intent in your work. Many of the exercises in this class are found in Larry’s book on creativity, “Fishing for elephants. Insights and exercises to inspire authentic creativity”. It’s not a requirement, but a cursory read of the workbook will give you a leg up on this class… and life. Available through Amazon.com
Larry’s intent is to help each artist find a way that works for them, whether they wish to interpret more, push their process or go fully abstract. He’s worked extensively in almost every medium, so all are welcome. The class is as much a challenge for the advanced artist as it is for the beginner, no specific skill set is required since exploration is the goal. However, some understanding of color and paint handling will be helpful. We start small and end big.
This is an open medium class but gouache, oil and acrylic are best suited. I will be working in gouache on watercolor paper for the majority of the class. We’ll be creating a lot of small studies and explorations. However, gouache is, in Larry’s opinion, the most versatile medium of all. Students have the option of working on a larger piece on the last day in the medium of their choice. But, to keep it simple and focused, it’s the recommendation of the instructor to use one medium all 4 days.
Bring a sense of humor and an open mind.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed the act of laying out the creative process for the purposes of explaining it to a broad reach of artist and non-artist alike. Doing so meant organizing what I inherently knew. We were never really taught critical thinking or divergent thinking, but, through my years as a visual communicator (graphic designer, art director, illustrator, fine artist) I acquired and refined a way to become an idea machine. And anyone can use it for just about any creative pursuit.”
-Larry Moore on his book about creativity “Fishing for Elephants”
COVID Health and Safety Protocols
The health and safety of our Patrons, Students, Volunteers, and Staff are a top priority. Since COVID-19 first surfaced, our staff continues to monitor the situation closely, taking every precaution to keep our Patrons, Students, Volunteers, Staff, and our community safe.
- Masks inside our buildings are optional until further notice.
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