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Class Descriptions

Exploring Abstraction in Drawing and Painting

Explore the basis of abstraction by studying color, line and shape as they relate to composition. Learn to create exciting and innovative works of art, using a series of drawing and painting exercises designed to examine nontraditional ways of handling traditional materials and subject matter. The time-honored media of charcoal and pastel, as well as the newer liquid acrylic glazes and media, will be used. This is a process-oriented class with an emphasis on finding a more intuitive way of working. Examination of contemporary art is included. Critiques and group discussion contribute to the process.

The Smithsonian Associates · Smithsonian Institution
Washington D.C. 20560 · 202 357 3030 · rap@si.edu
Offered: Starting January 10, 2013 - Thursdays
  5 sessions, 12 noon - 3 p.m.

Abstract Art - New and Creative Approaches

Students will explore new ways of using traditional drawing materials like charcoal, pastel and ink. Projects will be introduced that help students expand their knowledge of these materials and how best to combine them to create exciting and innovative mixed media drawings. Different ways of creating texture will be taught, adding yet another dimension to the work. Emphasis is placed on creating contemporary, abstract art. Critiques and demonstrations contribute to this intuitive process. All levels are welcome.

The Art League School · www.theartleague.org
105 North Union Street · Alexandria, Virginia 22314 · 703 683 2323
Offered: Starting Jan. 8, 2013 - Tuesdays
  5 sessions, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Workshops - Mixing It Up

This workshop investigates an adventurous way to approach art, by exploring the inherent properties of a variety of materials. Participants experiment fearlessly with a variety of mediums, combining them in new and exciting ways. Splattering ink, brushing on charcoal, adding on or ripping off are just a few methods that are explored. The aim is to be completely innovative by breaking away from the familiar and discovering new dimensions. Personal growth is emphasized while overcoming old restrictions. There will be regular demonstrations and critiques.

The Art League School · www.theartleague.org
105 North Union Street · Alexandria, Virginia 22314 · 703 683 2323
Offered: January 5 and 6 (Saturday/Sunday), 2013
  10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.