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Exploring Abstraction: Color & Composition

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Exploring Abstraction: Color & Composition
Zoe Cohen
Date and Time:
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$265 plus $15 Materials Fee
Total Cost:
Minimum Age Level:
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February 27, 2018
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March 13, 2018

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Workshop Overview

This workshop focuses on non-representational abstraction. Leaving behind any attempt to paint objects, we explore mark making, texture, pattern, color and form. Participants develop an intuitive approach - a discovery of delight in the materials and a sense of immediacy as one responds to the mark making itself. Taking the lead from mid-century masters and contemporary artists, we practice layering acrylic paint using a variety of tools and techniques to create rich, weathered surfaces and expand our visual vocabulary. Working on several paintings simultaneously we build interest through additive and subtractive processes. A series of guided exercises emphasize color, composition and finding one's 'original voice'.

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. (Her father headed an Ad agency - think Mad Men!)

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 a much loved integral part of her art practice.

Materials List: Students Bring


• 3 sheets stonehenge printmaking paper (cut into 10x10 pieces) *see note

• 6-8 + tubes acrylic paint (primaries plus white & black)

• 1-2 tubes transparent paint

• 4 + brushes (1 at least 1" wide)

• 1 small container glazing medium

• 1 printmaking brayer (rubber)

• 1 palette knife

• 1 palette paper pad

• pen, scissors, water container

** These techniques work best on paper. The small size allows quick movement among many substrates. Stonehenge paper comes in 22"x30" sheets. Please cut each sheet into six 10"x10" or 10"x11" pieces.

Optional: gesso paper before class - not required. If you want to paint larger, please bring at least 10 small pieces to practice techniques. Feel free to contact instructor with any questions.


• Stencils

• gel medium

• paper towel

• spray bottle (for water)

• alcohol wipes, gloves

• drawing tools (graphite, pencils, markers, crayons)

* anything else your quiet voice encourages you to bring

Materials List Provided by Instructor(s)

• shop towels

• nitrile gloves

• alcohol wipes

• stencils

• razor blades

• newsprint pads

• acrylic ink

• markers

• graphite crayons

• neo-color crayons

• gel medium

• spray bottles

• sample paints

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