Zoë Cohen – Intuitive Abstraction: Color and Composition (Online); Wednesdays, October 4-25, 2023

Date: Wednesdays, October 4-25
Time:  10:00 AM-12:30 PM Pacific Time, 1:00-3:30 PM Eastern Time, 6:00-8:30 PM London Time
Level: All
Medium: Mixed Media

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Abstraction may seem easy to the casual observer, yet presents complex challenges for the painter. This course investigates the paradox that within limitation lies great freedom. Narrowing focus can expand our creativity. Each session presents three specific prompts related to color and composition including value studies, transparent and opaque paint, limited palette, color schemes, positive and negative space, line, form, scale, common compositional formats and working from observation.

Each week begins with a slideshow of contemporary art followed by instructor demos and guided exercises. Using a variety of tools and techniques we practice intuitive decision making within finite parameters to help clarify our essential expression.

Born in Chicago in 1961, Zoë Cohen was strongly affected by the classic graphic influences of a mid-century urban environment. Everyday exposure to modern architecture, photography, painting, sculpture and minimalist 1960’s design made a deep impression. Zoë’s abstract painting springs from her lifelong fascination with mid-century modern art and design, Abstract Expressionism and The New York School painters. She continues to be inspired by contemporary artists of all kinds. History, art history, social history, illustration, literature, theater, music, dance, photography, and film all inform her work. www.zcohenstudio.com

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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.