Edmond Praybe - Composition: Observation, Abstraction, Construction (Online); Tuesdays, June 29-July 27, 2021

Date: Tuesdays, June 29-July 27, 2021
Time:  10:00 AM-1:00PM Pacific Time, 1:00-4:00 PM Eastern Time, 6:00-9:00 PM London Time
Level: All
Medium: Drawing/Oil or Acrylics

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Learn to see and organize your paintings and drawings with an eye for the abstract during this 5-week online course presented live over Zoom. Consider elements of design, form, space, divisions/intervals, proportion, surface geometry and color relationships. Students will be guided through ways of working from direct observation, constructing paintings and drawings from various sources and building from the foundation of master transcriptions. Students will learn approaches towards finding a solid formal structure that can be applied to painting any subject or motif. Class projects will be completed in both drawing media and oil paint. 

Students will have some opportunity for working in-class for a portion of our weekly zoom meetings, but most projects will require additional work throughout the week. The instructor will provide individual feedback weekly through the class message board. 

Some basic familiarity with oil paint is preferred. 

Weekly Topics:

Week 1 Observing Abstraction: placement, proportion, intervals, movement and stillness in a composition

Week 2 Flatness and Space: internal geometry, geometry of the rectangle, autonomous form/shape 

Week 3 Transcription, Interpretation, Invention: transcribe (copy) a master painting and use this as a basis for your own painting or drawing by working directly over and into it.

Week 4 Constructed Painting: composing a synthetic studio painting from multiple sources, organizing disparate elements into a unified image.

Week 5 Constructed Painting (continued): color as a compositional element, color proportion, using value and color to create layered readings of your composition.

Edmond Praybe is a painter concerned with the convergence of perception and abstraction. His work pairs intense direct observation of the motif with abstractions of structure, rhythm, shape and color. He received his BFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art and MFA from the New York Studio School. Edmond’s work has been shown widely at juried and invitational exhibitions. He has been the recipient of the Hohenberg Travel Grant, two Mercedes Matter Awards  and was a National Parks Artist-In-Residence at Catoctin Mountain Park. Edmond teaches studio classes and lectures regularly in-person and online. He is a member of Zeuxis: an association of still life painters and is currently represented by Y Art in Baltimore, First Street Gallery in New York City and Peterson Contemporary in Bend, OR.

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About Our Online Classes:

  • This class is taught live via Zoom. To take this class, you need a microphone and camera enabled computer OR an iPad /smart tablet OR a smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.
  • Interact with the instructor and other participants, watch live demos and receive feedback and instruction. You will have access to a class chat forum on our website where you can share work, comment and ask questions.
  • Class will be recorded and recordings expire 30 days after the final day of the course.
  • Participants will receive an email with the Zoom link and class details 5-7 days before the class starts (don’t forget to check your junk folder). Zoom link will also be posted in the class message board. Check your confirmation email for a message board link. Find out how to access the class group message board here.