Mark Daniel Nelson - How to Abstract Anything Part I: Landscape (Online); Mondays & Thursdays, September 8-29, 2022

Date: Mondays & Thursdays, September 8-29, 2022 (class starts and ends on a Thursday)
Time: 12:00-1:30 PM Pacific Time (3:00-4:30 PM Eastern Time/8:00-9:30 PM London Time)
Level: All
Medium: All (including digital/iPad)

This workshop is specially designed for the realist painter interested in adding elements of abstraction to his or her work while remaining firmly rooted in traditional representational techniques. A series of progressive exercises will guide students through a process of eliminating unnecessary visual information to arrive at a clear, simplified, expressive final image. Through a combination of slideshows, demonstrations, assignments and critiques, students will be exposed to new and unconventional artistic possibilities for self-expression.

Class will meet twice weekly online: Thursdays will include demo and assignment, Mondays will be for critique and feedback on submissions

Week 1: Simple is Not Easy
Week 2: Look Here, Don’t Look There
Week 3: Finding Your Voice

Mark Daniel Nelson approaches both painting and teaching in much the same way: He strives to simplify and organize information until it reaches its most potent, elemental form. A student of both representational and non-objective painting, Nelson regularly fuses seemingly incongruous approaches to create new and unexpected results. “I strive for two things,” the artist states in his characteristically blunt manner, “impact and beauty. Eliminate the unnecessary parts and you’re left with much more powerful, beautiful modes of expression.” Mark Daniel Nelson is represented by Maxwell Alexander Gallery in Culver City, California, Gallery 1261 in Denver, CO and Jack Meier Gallery in Houston, TX. He has taught extensively in Art History, Human Anatomy, Drawing and Painting across the US.

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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 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. Find out how to access the class group message board here.