Susan Abbott – Analyzing and Improvising: Exploring Approaches to Color Composition (Online); Tuesdays, June 6-27, 2023

Date: Tuesdays, June 6-27, 2023
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM Pacific Time (1:00-3:30 PM Eastern Time/6:00-8:30 PM London Time)
Level: Intermediate to advanced
Medium: Oil, acrylic, watercolor or gouache

In this intensive workshop we’ll explore the many ways color determines the space, structure and mood of a painting composition. Students will work from a variety of subjects to analyze how complementary and analogous color, and color value and temperature, influence painting design. Then we’ll use this color theory to improvise our own unique painting compositions.

In our Zoom classes, Susan will share master and contemporary paintings to illustrate color theory concepts, demonstrate key color approaches, and offer critiques of student’s home exercises. You’ll leave the workshop with a new confidence about color and new ideas to put color theory to practice in your own painting.

Student comment: “Susan, you are a first-rate teacher and such an inspiration!  Thanks to your dedication, determination and focus, you got us to do and learn more in a short period of time than I would have believed possible.  From your classes on color theory with clear diagrams to your awe-inspiring painting demonstrations, to your lovely and evocative slide lectures to your very helpful critiques — I am immensely grateful for them all.”

Susan Abbott graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA and MFA in painting from the Maryland Institute, College of Art.  She has worked as a professional artist since that time, exhibiting in galleries and museums around the country and teaching art workshops around the world. Her paintings are represented in corporate and individual collections and featured widely in national publications and media, including on the Oprah Winfrey Show and a regular column on creativity in “Artist Magazine”. Abbott’s oils and watercolors are inspired by her passion for color, design, and the specifics of place, especially America’s small town and rural landscape.

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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.
  • You will have access to an online class group 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. Find out how to access the class group message board here.