Susan Abbott – Inventing Color (Online); Tuesdays, November 19-December 10, 2024

Date: Saturdays, November 19-December 10, 2024
Times: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM Pacific, 1:00-3:30 pm Eastern, 6:00-8:30 PM London Time
Level: All
Mediums: Watercolor, gouache, acrylic or oil

Color for painters is about so much more than just trying to match what we see. Painters, whether they are working abstractly or en plein air, constantly invent color. This immersive course workshop will show you how to see color individually and then create your own personal color palette. We’ll cover these topics, and more:

• How limited palettes can be a starting point for color exploration.

• Color mixing demystified, including watercolor wet-in-wet.

• Why practical color theory is the starting point for color invention.

• What makes for a dynamic color composition and how to get there.

• How we can adapt the color palettes of the natural world and of master artists to our own work.

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Susan Abbott was born in Takoma Park, Maryland and grew up in this Victorian suburb of Washington, DC. Because her father was an artist and graphic designer, there were many art books and supplies at home and Abbott was drawing and painting from an early age. Her mother was a skilled seamstress and taught her to sew, knit and embroider. These hand crafts and time outdoors exploring the creeks and woods in her neighborhood were favorite childhood activities that have informed her work as an artist. Abbott graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, and went on to receive an MFA from the Institute’s Hoffberger School of Painting, with the renowned abstract expressionist artist Grace Hartigan and realist master Israel Hershberg as her advisors. She’s been working as a professional artist since that time, exhibiting her oils and watercolors in galleries and museums around the country, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Her paintings and commissions, including a biographical still life for Oprah Winfrey featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, are in many corporate and private collections. She has been a recipient of Maryland Art Council Individual Artist Awards and Vermont Arts Council Creation Grants. Articles and reviews about Susan Abbott’s paintings have appeared in many publications, including The Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Museum and Arts Magazine, Art New England, American Artist Magazine, Watercolor Artist, and Watercolor USA. She writes a regular column on creativity for The Artist’s Magazine. The art critic for the Washington Post commented on Abbott’s paintings, “There simply aren’t many…who can match her level of expertise. What makes her painting so interesting, however, is the tension between the dazzling display of skill and the underlying idea.” In addition to painting, Susan Abbott teaches art workshops across the U.S and internationally, including in Italy, France, India, and the Bahamas. She lives in Northern Vermont.

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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