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Abstract Investigations: Color and Composition

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Abstract Investigations: Color and Composition
Zoë Cohen
Date and Time:
10:00 - 4:00
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The open enrollment period begins on
March 10, 2020

Workshop registration opens for members on February 27.

Workshop Overview

This four-day workshop is designed specifically for abstract painters to help clarify visual language and bring intentionality to their painting practice. We will make a deep inquiry into what inspires our art through examining contemporary abstract art, informal writing exercises and instructor demos. We will traverse the full range of the spectrum from intuition to deliberate action, from right brain to left brain and from spontaneity to decision, and we will learn to travel back and forth between these polarities. Guided exercises emphasize alternative techniques for paint application, layering line and form in composition, color mixing, value and design.

About the Instructor(s)

Born in Chicago in 1961, Cohen was strongly affected by the classic graphic influences of a mid-century urban environment. Everyday exposure to modern architecture, graphic design, photography, painting and sculpture permanently imprinted her mind.

Zoe’s abstract painting springs from her lifelong fascination with mid-century art and design, Abstract Expressionism, The New York School painters and the historic influences which shifted the locus of the international art scene from Nazi occupied Europe to New York following WWII.

Teaching has become an integral part of her art practice.

Materials List: Students Bring

• 2 sheets Stonehenge printmaking paper (or other heavy paper) cut to 10" x10" pieces

• 2 - 4 favorite substrates (paper, canvas, panel, etc) up to 18" x 18"

• 1 printmaking brayer (rubber)

• 6 - 10 + tubes opaque acrylic paint NOT FLUID ACRYLICS (including black & white)

• 4 - 6 brushes in a variety of sizes (1 at least 1" wide)

• Drawing tools (ie; paint markers, neo color crayons, graphite etc)

• Palette knife

• Palette paper

• Gel medium

• Journal & pens

• Water container


• collage materials

• spray bottle

• gloves

• alternative paint applications tools (ie; putty knives, scrapers, credit cards etc)

• paper towels

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

• Newsprint pads

• Alcohol wipes

• FW Ink

• Shop towels

• Nitrile gloves

• Sample paints and application tools

• Collage paper

• Stencils

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