In this contemporary approach to painting, you will experiment with drawing and painting techniques while being introduced to new ways of approaching subject matter. Fresh ideas, and the latest painting methods and materials will be explored. You will be encouraged to use experimentation and be spontaneous in the development of your own painting ideas. Plenty of photo references of contemporary and modern art will be provided to illustrate how composition, balance, colour, form and symbolism make abstract and modern art paintings into powerful art pieces. This class is a great introduction for the beginner painter or those who are new to abstract painting.
intro to Abstract Painting
TIME: 10:00AM - 12:00PM
COURSE ID: 13487
TERM DATES: January 11th, 2021 - March 13th, 2021 (no classes on Monday, February 15th, 2021)
Paint Pigments for Acrylic or Oil (student choice): Alizarin Crimson*, Cadmium Orange, Hansa Yellow or Cadmium Yellow Light, Thalo Green, Cobalt Blue, Dioxazine Violet (Purple), Mars Black*, Titanium White – large tube or 16 oz container
Brushes: acrylic brushes are synthetic; oil brushes are hog bristle: 2 flat brushes – 1” and 1/2”, 2 filbert brushes – medium-sized, round brushes - one small and one large
assortment of other sizes of brushes if desired, House-painting style brush for applying gesso, Package of foam brushes with different sizes
Acrylic Mediums: Gloss acrylic medium, Matt acrylic medium (optional), Acrylic modeling paste (optional), Gesso
Oil Paint Mediums: Linseed oil, Non-solvent oil-based medium, Baby Oil – for cleaning brushes, Brush cleaning soap, dish or laundry detergent (put in a small container)
Canvas and Supports (student choice): ready-made canvas, hardboard (Masonite) or stretchers and canvas
Assortment of plastic palette knives, plus one metal palette knife
Paper Palette 12”x18” (has disposable pages that can be torn out)
Moira Clark’s Teaching Philosophy: “I think it’s great when people of all ages and experience want to study visual arts. In teaching painting my intention is to foster individual expression and growth for students by providing a solid foundation of technique combined with the freedom to experiment and play with the medium. Ultimately I enjoy seeing students discover their own personal style.”
Moira Clark has a BFA from York University. Her prints and paintings have been exhibited across Canada in public galleries such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Burnaby Art Gallery, the Albright- Knox Gallery in Buffalo and her work is in many public and private collections. Her paintings in acrylics and oil have evolved over the years from representational observations of still life and architecture to her current abstract works. Moira has exhibited in Toronto art galleries since 1977 and was a founding member of the artist-run gallery, Loop, in 2000. She has taught printmaking and painting since 1979 at Open Studio, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto School of Art, and Sheridan College/UTM. Visit moiraclark.weebly.com and at the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art.
"Moira is a talented and enthusiastic watercolour teacher, who creates an exciting, productive, and friendly virtual environment for developing one’s painting skills from home. Whatever our chosen topic or technique may be, she is ready with professional examples and demonstrations displayed clearly on screen to stimulate and inspire our individual creations. Questions are welcomed as we work, and the resulting paintings can be shared with the class on screen if desired for enlightening discussion and constructive feedback. No wonder students keep coming back for more!” - Birgit