In my workshops you can expect a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Students of all levels are welcome — if you’re a beginner, you’ll learn as much from watching the people around you as from me. If you’re looking to deepen your understanding of acrylics, develop a more creative, spontaneous approach or just reinvigorate your practice, these workshops will meet your needs. I’ll do some brief demonstrations to show you how I use layering and acrylic mediums and I’ll show you slides of other artists’ work to stir your imagination. Most of the time you’ll be painting while I move around the room making sure everyone gets the individual attention they need. We’ll end with a group critique where you’ll learn to assess your own work in progress and decide what to do next when you’re working on a painting.
Abstracting the Landscape in Acrylics
Learn to simplify a scene to create an abstract landscape on canvas. The emphasis will be on a free and expressive approach, taking inspiration from the abstract landscapes of contemporary artists. You may work from photos, sketches or your imagination. We’ll work in layers, using colour and a variety of acrylic mediums to create vibrant, textured underpaintings. We’ll overlay these with layers of opaque colour and transparent glazes to bring our abstract landscapes to life. I will provide daily demonstrations and lots of individual attention. Artists of all levels are welcome.
August 8 – 12, 2022, Haliburton School of Art and Design.
In this workshop we’ll talk about using multiple viewpoints, flattening perspective, playing with pattern and colour, scribbling and outlining — all the things a traditional arts education taught us not to do! I will provide daily demonstrations and lots of individual attention. Artists of all levels are welcome.