Abstraction to Landscape with Fran O’Neill
April 16, 17, 18
4:00PM – 7:00PM
Taught from Australia!
Beginning with Landscape, we will work towards various degrees of Abstraction. Day one, we will begin the workshop with process, in particular, distilling a landscape image that ideally you have made. Emphasis is placed on producing a large quantity of drawings in search of surprising images from the source material. We will explore mark-making, collage and extreme scale change (large and small). We work as a group and individually.
Various artists, contemporary and historical, will be discussed and analyzed as to their working habits and developments of bodies of work. This intensive workshop will integrate group discussion and collaboration with the idea that we will be working towards a body of work that could be big, small or a series as the final product. Some students may (if they wish) use their own subject matter as the catalyst. Students will gain a very broad idea of the variety of approaches to abstraction via landscape and develop a strong sense of how they may approach abstraction on their own terms.
In this virtual workshop, Fran will be teaching from Australia over Zoom. The workshop will also utilize Padlet. All participants should have reliable internet access, a way of photographing your work digitally, and a computer or other through which to access the class.
Suggested Readings and Resources
Pictures of Nothing: Abstract Art since Pollock – Kirk Varnedoe
The Painted Word – Tom Wolfe
This class is hosted through Concord Center for the Visual Arts. For more info and to register, please visit concordart.org/education.