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Drawing Marathon: Finding Abstraction through Landscape – with Fran O’Neill & Guests
This Drawing Marathon will address a critical approach to abstraction that begins with the landscape and encourages participants to push past the threshold of what they might consider to be a final piece. Participants will begin by observing the actual landscape in which they find themselves or a master work from the many works presented and begin to push this image further into abstraction through the creation of many subsequent works. We will focus on how one image can inform the next. Various approaches to drawing will include explorations of shape, line, intersections, scale, collage and mark-making. Looking backwards and forwards constantly and exploring various changes in shape and composition. Students should be committed and care deeply enough to be willing to recreate or destroy a work in order to allow a new and different process to come into play. This will be a jumping off point to explore abstraction via landscape and how to achieve a new exploration of an image(s) based on pre-existing geometry and exploring subtle (and not so subtle) shifts that can occur, via scale and a variety of mark-making, and could result in a very different image than what was the original source. This course is for anyone with a curiosity to explore and may develop differently for each participant.