Larry Calkins – The Abstract Narrative: Creating Vocabulary through Mark Making (Online); Tuesdays, June 4-25, 2024

Dates: Tuesdays, June 4-25, 2024
Time: 11:00 AM-1:00 PM Pacific Time, 2:00-4:00 PM Eastern Time, 7:00-9:00 PM London Time
Level: All
Medium: Mixed media

Mixed media artist Larry Calkins draws from history and familiarity to create personal abstract narratives of the events that he encounters in his life.

Working with simple materials and objects, discover how to approach your own abstract narrative and visual repertoire. Using mark making and repetition, you will learn ways to create your own vocabulary that you can apply to any medium.

In this 4-week class,  Larry will  inspire you by sharing techniques and mediums that he uses to create his own “vocabulary.” Materials and techniques will include painting with Posca Pens, using asemic writing, drawing with the encaustic pen tool, frottage, pochoir (stenciling), stamps, thread, White-Out and the humble pencil. The creative possibilities are endless! Participants may use whatever they have on hand.

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Larry Calkins was born in 1955 in Corvallis, OR, and grew up in a small logging community named Harlan. He stepped into the family tradition of working within logging operations, but after serious injuries in logging accidents, he decided to pursue a career in the arts. He has lived in London, England, and has traveled widely throughout the US and Europe. Larry is a very prolific artist and has created a vast body of work, that has been shown in many galleries since 1994. Calkins has been Artist in Residence at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA and has taught workshops and classes for many years in the Seattle area.

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.
  • You will have access to a private class message board on our website where you can share work, comment and ask questions. (Exact use of the message board, critique of student work and general class format is at the discretion of the instructor, please check course description for details.)
  • Class will be recorded and recordings expire 60 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 or visit your Online Classrooms to find your active classes.

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