Create Compelling Compositions
Taught by Karen Lynn Ingalls
Saturday & Sunday, August 26-27, 2017
How many times have you been stuck on a painting, not knowing just what it was that wasn't working? Frustrating, isn't it?
In this workshop, you'll get specific, practical tools and know-how to help you create compelling compositions. You'll be able to identify what makes a painting work, and fix it when it's not.
You'll learn about basic principles of composition and design in context, and see examples clearly illustrating each principle, so you can put them into practice in your own paintings.
You will learn:
Whether you paint landscapes, still lifes, portraits, or abstracts, or work in any other genre, the same principles apply. When you make better compositions, you'll make better paintings!
We'll also conduct this as kind of a clinic for paintings – you'll learn how to diagnose their ailments, and be able to prescribe treatments. Bring two or three of your own paintings that aren't working, any photographs you have of your sources for each painting, and one or two canvases on which you can work out new solutions to the painting or paintings of your choice.
You can also bring your own photographs and sketches as resources for new paintings you'd like to work on. (Contact Karen if you'd like to do this with work in a medium other than acrylics, such as pastels, watercolors, or colored pencils.)
Note: This is about problem-solving, not about judgement. You'll also learn how to solve a painting's problems without the judgements of your inner critic.
And you'll go home with Karen's mini-book on Composition and Design — a "toolbox" of solutions — specific, practical tools and know-how — that you can use to get out of, and avoid, those painting predicaments from here on out. Join us, and learn how to create paintings with truly compelling compositions!
Click here to download the 2017 Create Compelling Compositions flyer.
Date: Saturday and Sunday, August 26-27, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM both days – bring your lunch!
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Location: Calistoga Art Center, Napa County Fairgrounds, Cropp Building, 1435 North Oak Street, Calistoga, CA
Cost: $185 for CAC members and $210 for non-members. Includes Karen's mini-book on Composition & Design, which you can use as an ongoing reference and resource. Painting materials not included.
Maximum of 12 people; minimum of 4.
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For more information, call Karen Lynn Ingalls at (707) 942-0197.
Download Materials List here.
The tools you'll come home with apply to abstract paintings, too!