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Workshop Title
Colour and Design, A Non-representational Abstract
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
... Other medium:
Heavy Body Acrylic
Subject / Focus
Painting an acrylic and mixed media non-representative abstract.
Class Description
One of the characteristics about abstract painting is that there are very few rules. We will learn about the balance of colour, design, mark-making, and the importance of colour value, but above all we will play and have fun.
About the Artist
Sherryl Hopper has been painting for the past 40 years. She has mainly been a self taught artist and has taken many workshops over the years with talented and competent artists in the US and Canada and continues to do so.
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Supplies Students Should Bring:

Paint / art media
- A variety of your favourite colours (Heavy Body); (black, white, brown, green, orange, yellow, purple, blue, red, metallic).
- You do not need all these colours, but please ensure you have lights (whites) and darks (browns/black/navy blues) as staples, and a few complimentary colours.

- Matte Medium
- Gesso
- Gels
Art Surface / Support
- Canvas: 12”x16” or larger / gessoed
- Or 300 lb. gessoed watercolour paper (can be a watercolour painting that didn’t work out)
- Or media paper / gessoed
Supplies and Tools
- Paper towels
- Spritzer
- Mark-making materials (skewer, pencils)
- Charcoal
- Collage material (tissue paper/stencils or anything you would like to try out)
- Water container
- Palette knife/credit card
- Wax paper
- Brushes (one a stipple brush for blending)
- Plastic sheet
- Apron

**To find inspiration for a colour scheme, a suggestion is to look at magazine ads, LCBO magazine, etc. or use your favourite colours**
Reference materials
- Photo and sheet showing design options

Materials Instructor Will Bring:

Materials the instructor will provide
- Photo and sheet of design options

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

Session 1
- The instructor will begin the class talking about the various steps to take when first starting an abstract.
- The importance of colour, design, and composition, followed by a demo of laying in the foundation of the painting, mark-making, possibly collage.
- Next we will add the base of colours and shapes, design a path for the eye to follow with demos between each stage and question and answer periods.
- But most of all we will enjoy this freeing way of painting, where there are exceptions to the rules.

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