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Workshop Title
Stop Them In Their Tracks: Compelling Compositions
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Subject / Focus
Compositional Techniques in Painting
Class Description
What makes you stop to look at a painting in a gallery or museum? Most often it is the composition. A good composition can grab the viewers attention and hold it until they have fully experienced the beauty or intent of your painting. Composition is a big part of what makes your painting eye-catching, dynamic, soothing, disorienting or insightful. Learn and put into practice the various ways you can compose your painting to stop them in their tracks.
About the Artist
Cathy is a professional oil painter who owns and operates her own art gallery in Midland, ON. She is a prolific painter, completing approximately 100 paintings a year. She teaches daily at her gallery, and offers a unique monthly Mentorship Program to interested painters. Cathy’s paintings have been collected worldwide.
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Supplies Students Should Bring:

Paint / art media
Paint / art media
- Oil or acrylics
- Bring your usual colours ...
- Odourless solvents

- Black sharpie marker (the big jumbo one if possible)
Art Surface / Support
- Tabletop easel
- Canvases: you will need one per each evening (4)
- 12x16 up to 16x20 rectangular or square sizing
Supplies and Tools
- Variety of brushes
- Palette paper
- Rags
- Apron
- Notebook or sketchbook
- Black drawing tool, ie: charcoal or graphite, black marker, etc.
Reference materials
- Instructor will also have reference photos on hand, but feel free to bring your own

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- Reference photos

Workshop Outline: Complete: All-4 Class Series, 1 only-Single Session, 1 & 2 - Saturday OR Full Day

Session 1
Week 1:
- Notans: discussion and demo
- Students will do a practice piece on paper using black marker, landscape and then abstract
- Students will begin a painting using a notan and gray scale as an under-painting
Session 2
Week 2:
- Rule of thirds: discussion and demo
- Radiating Lines Design
- Circle Design
- Challenge: to create a painting that uses the rule of thirds, circle or radiating lines design
Session 3
Week 3:
- Golden Ratio: discussion and demo
- Challenge: to create a painting that uses the golden ratio design
Session 4
Week 4:
- Steel Yard Design: discussion and demo
- Challenge: to create a painting that utilizes the steel yard design

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