Principles of Abstraction

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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”

www.larrymoorestudios.com

 

In-Person Classes

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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Larry Moore

Artist, author, and instructor/creative coach. Larry has a diverse background as a visual communicator: Advertising and design, fine art, plein air (on location painting) and illustration where he worked in almost every medium and style you can think of.

“I’ve made kind of an interesting discovery, the creative process behind all of these approaches is pretty much the same. As an instructor, I am taking my years of acquired knowledge from illustration, graphic design and critical thinking and morphing them together in my work and in what I teach. I give people a way to access the creative spirit and broaden not just the way they paint but the way they think and play.”

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.

Cancellation Policy

Registration

  • Each student must enroll individually
  • Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices in the Art Barn, toll-free at 888-954-4442 or locally at 928-282-3809
  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours at the Art Barn

In-Person and Online Workshops

  • Payment in full is due upon registration, or a payment plan can be put in place by the student upon check-out through Sezzle.
  • There is a $125 Cancellation Fee for any cancellations made before October 10, 2022. Remaining balance will be refunded.
  • There are no refunds after October 10, 2022.
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full

Important Message

The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. There are absolutely no refunds after the cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all fees paid will be refunded in full.

Covid-19 Update for In-Person Classes and Workshops: 

As long as SAC is able to provide an environment that adheres to the CDC guidelines for social gatherings, and assuming all other normal criteria are met and the workshop or class goes forward, the above cancellation policies are in effect.

If you ask yourself, "Who am I as an artist? What do I want to say with my artwork?" If you want more from your work, Larry’s Moore’s intention exercises will be a great adventure for you. Playing with new art tools and surfaces, learning to use creative word association will help you discover an emotional connection that flows from heart to hand to canvas. Exciting! - Karen R

I consider myself a seasoned plein air painter and have taken a number of artist’s workshops at all levels of my career. I felt there was something missing, my paintings were stuck, lacking design and expression. Larry’s workshop was the most fun I’ve ever had painting. His method loosened up my stuck thought patterns. The “what if” aspect of the class has stayed with me. Now I ask myself “What if” that element was red instead of blue, what if I change this part? I now try to solve the abstract questions in a more playful way. - Mary O

Larry Moore just reaches out and hands you the skeleton key to artistic genius… - Jerome O

Thanks so much for teaching this workshop. I am thoroughly enjoying it and filling my hungry brain with so much of what it craves. You are a terrific teacher! - Caroline Y

Larry provides countless ways to find inspiration, confidence, and intention within oneself and the world around them for attaining successful creative processes. - Ann Y

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