Workshops explore composition, color

2013-04-05T18:43:00Z 2013-04-05T18:46:05Z Workshops explore composition, colorContributed by Chesterton Art Center nwitimes.com
April 05, 2013 6:43 pm  • 

CHESTERTON | Local artist, Mark VanderVinne, will offer two different workshops at the Chesterton Art Center this spring. Each workshop will consist of two Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The first workshop, “Composing the Landscape,” will be held Saturday, April 27 and May 4. “Understanding Color,” the second workshop, will be held Saturday, May 11 and May 18.

“Composing the Landscape” will focus on the underlying principles that make a painting’s composition successful. On the first Saturday of the workshop (April 27), Mark will cover the foundational principles of composition with exercises to help students further understand and practice. Topics covered will include how to look for paintings in nature, utilizing focal areas, leading the eye into and through a painting, seeing the underlying abstract pattern, and creating unity and balance. On the second Saturday (May 4), after a brief overview of the previous class, students will take the knowledge they've acquired and apply it to a piece of artwork of the student’s choice, with plenty of personal instruction.

The second workshop titled, “Understanding Color,” is a workshop intended to guide students on how to see, mix and use color to create harmony and emotion in their art work. On the first Saturday (May 11), students will learn the four properties of color, and work on a variety of exercises to better understand them. Mark will also discuss how artists use color to accentuate mood and focal areas. The second Saturday (May 18) will allow time for students to apply the theories to an individual piece of art - whatever the student would like to create.

Both of these workshops are open to all painting and drawing media, including oils, acrylics, watercolor and pastel. Because each media has its own technique and approach, some knowledge and previous experience in the media of choice is requested. Participants need to bring 3-4 photographs to work from, along with a fairly extensive palette of colors (black and white included). These classes are not for beginners. Some experience is necessary.

The cost for each workshop is $150 for members of the Chesterton Art Center and $175 for non-members. Seating is limited. To register, please contact the Chesterton Art Center at 219-926-4711. The Chesterton Art Center is located at 115 S. 4th St., Chesterton, IN 46304. A list of all adult and children's classes can be found on the website at www.chestertonart.com.

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