Abstract Painting: Composition and Contrast

Visual Arts Classroom
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9:30-4:30 with a one hour lunch break
Grade Range
Adult - Adult
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$620.00 (become a member)

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Supplies provided
Art Area
Visual Arts
Mixed Media

Composition in painting means the arrangement of elements and their relationships to one another within the frame of the piece.  It is not about the interpretation of a painting, or its emotional content, or its references.  It is simply the totality of its abstract visual content (whether it is an abstract painting or a representational one). 

I find contrast to be the most useful overarching principle in composition.  You can look at many aspects of a painting through the lens of how much or how little contrast you have, and greatly increase your understanding of composition.  

We ALL lean towards unity, repetition, and cohesiveness.  Yet, often, it is the variety, the off-balance, the tension or discord in a piece that makes it compelling.  We do not necessarily see this; we see a piece that we "like" without noticing that it's the VARIETY, the differences, the contrasts that make it strong.  This workshop is meant to bring you up against this tendency towards unity, and challenge you to expand towards variety.

Country Inn and Suites of Traverse City is offering a limited number of rooms at a discount for 2018 Summer Workshop students.  Call Kristi at Crooked Tree Arts Center for details  231-941-9488.


Jane Davies

Workshop Instructor
CTAC Traverse City
Cancellation & Class Policies

Cancellation Policy for Multi-Day Workshops

Crooked Tree Arts Center reserves the right to cancel any multi-day, sequential-day workshop that does not meet its minimum student enrollment 30 days prior to the first workshop session.  If a workshop is cancelled by CTAC for lack of enrollment, CTAC will offer a full refund to the student in the manner in which tuition was paid. (Cash payments will be refunded by check.)

Student Withdrawal
Requests for cancellation by the student at least sixty (60) days prior to the first day of the workshop will be honored (minus a $20 processing fee).  Requests for cancellation by the student between thirty (30) and fifty-nine (59) days prior to the first day of the workshop will receive a 50% tuition refund . NO REFUNDS will be given for a student cancellation made less than thirty (30) days prior to the first day of the workshop.