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Adult Class: On the Horizon – Jacqueline Sullivan

Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
When: Saturday, September 29, 10 am – 4:30 pm (1/2 hour lunch break)
Age Level: Adult
Fee: Member-$125 /  Non-Member-$135

Imposing order in a chaotic abstract work can often be difficult. In exploring the design of an abstract work, remembering the rule of thirds is always helpful when analyzing our work. Within that rule, there are several techniques that we can use to define a horizon line, including asemic writing, a small grid, painterly lines and more. Whether a low or high horizon line, this technique helps to convey a sense of atmosphere and place in abstract works.  The horizon line gives us a place to start creating depth with color and tonality. With the addition of a shape or a line, we can move our horizon line into a classic cruciform. We’ll begin our paintings working with Golden fluid acrylics, building our paintings with thin glazes of color.  Then students will learn some mark-making techniques, using high flow acrylics and fine line applicator tools to define the horizon lines in the painting. We may also explore the use of Pan Pastels and charcoal marks within our compositions. These are great tools for adding a complementary color or emphasizing tonality. Students will receive a lot of individual attention and the painting that they leave with will be truly their own expression.

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Supply List:

– Stretched Canvas or panel board – at least 12″ in one direction and no larger than 30″ in any direction.
– An assortment of brushes suitable for acrylics to include a 1″ flat brush and a round brush size 6 or larger.
– Water container for rinsing brushes – at least 32 oz.

Instructor Provided supplies:

– Fluid acrylics – 8 colors
– Hi Flow Acrylics – 2-4 colors
– All Acrylic mediums
– Other tools for sharing


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