In this supportive, introductory acrylic painting course we will investigate & create several abstract works based on different painting techniques, artists & their styles. Learn a variety of techniques including: graduated blend, scumble, sgraffito, smaffito, paint transfer, masking off for hard edge, stipple, impasto, combing, scraping, dripping, & high relief build up with inclusion painting using modeling paste. This course is suitable from beginner to an advanced student.
Week 1. Introduction to paint techniques and materials. Creating several small masterpieces with single or combined techniques. Wet into wet and hard edge combined -Look at Kandinsky and Morris
Week 2. Soft scumble vs hard edge. Look at Mark Rothko vs Victor Vaserely. & Frank Stella
Week 3. Impasto painting vs modeling paste Schnable vs. Riopelle
Week 4. Washes and glazes on modeling paste from week 3 and finishing up other studies from previous weeks
Materials List: you really need at least the items in bold.
All of the below items can be purchased at ARTiculations store, First class materials supplied by ARTiculations. Please bring all materials each week to class.
Paint: Golden-Amsterdam–big tube of titanium white , carbon or mars black, light and medium yellow, red, magenta , ultramarine blue, pthalo blue . The more colours you have, the more variety and less mixing you do but more disharmony in painting, pick colours you like.
Variety of brushes: –round synthetic no 4 or 6 or 10, flat hogs hair 6,8, 10 or 12
Other items: -masking tape, palette, pencil, erasure, H2O containers, mister, paper towel
Yogurt or sour cream containers with lids work great as paint can be saved for next week.
Surfaces: mixed media paper pad/paper for studies plus, at least 2-3- stretched canvases/ canvas boards, or wood (surface should be rigid) size: minimum 12 x 12 , abstracts tend to be on square canvases for more variety in ways of hanging but not essential.
Instructor: Lauren McKinley Renzetti
Lauren McKinley Renzetti is an artist, designer, educator, maker, and scenic painter for the film industry. She has shown her work throughout Ontario,Brooklyn and Bulgaria. Her role as an educator, spanning over twenty-five years has taken her to Georgian College, McMaster University, Ryerson University, the Art Gallery of Hamilton,and art Works art School. She currently works at the Art For Cancer Foundation, LucSculpture in the east end as well as the AGO. Her work predominantly is texture based: relief printmaking, collage, mixed media sculpture and high relief detritus painting in acrylic. She is represented by ArtBomb, The PATCH Project and was also the artist–in-residence at Unicamp of Ontario where she facilitated large community building art projects for ten years.She is also the curator of Neighbourhood Gallery in the east end.