In this exciting art intense workshop, students will learn to think and stretch their imagination by learning new techniques and the importance of content whether working in abstraction or realism. Students will be starting great abstracts the first day. Our focus is on the elements of texture, shape, value, and color and the principles of design. Use unexpected materials to create texture, use paper masks and tap to spray and paint using a square format, create an abstract by wetting the paper and pouring paint and you will totally transform a failed painting using acrylic paints, and collage to learn composition and as a means of change and learn to crop for good designs. Through daily demonstrations and positive critiques, Pat helps take the fear out of painting. Repeat students can choose to bring starts to finish and/or be given new, challenging projects.
Pat Dews, a graduate of The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City is a signature member and Dolphin Fellow of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, the National Collage Society, the New Jersey Watercolor Society, and the Florida Watercolor Society. Pat creates experimental works in watermedia on paper and canvas. She paints the abstract essence of nature. The shapes and textures of flowers, rocks, water, crumbled walls, rusty objects are translated into richly layered paint surfaces. Collage is often integrated. Pat skillfully juggles organic and geometric forms, transparent and opaque paint – all held together by a basic abstract underlying shape. Pat has earned countless awards over her career and is the author of The Painter’s Workshop – Creative Composition & Design, 2003 and Creative Discoveries in Watermedia as well as numerous books and publications. Pat also has two videos – Designing Great Starts with Texture and Form and Let’s Get Started Finishing are available through Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff.