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Drawing Marathon – VIRTUAL: Beyond the Image and into Abstraction with Fran O’Neill

Course Description

This Marathon will encourage students to step beyond the image into abstraction. Participants may begin with works that are based in landscape, still life and/or the figure with the idea that they will be stepping beyond the image as they know it; with the idea of pushing students past their threshold of what they might consider to be the final product, into potentially new arenas of the image that maybe more steps towards abstraction &/or steps towards being much more curious and playful with the direction that the image may go. Week one will have students working with the immediacy of aspects of drawing and collage, students will be encouraged to break down the image(s) that they begin with and explore ways to push this image further into abstract parts, focusing on how one image can inform the next. Various approaches via drawing will be explored; not limited to, but may include explorations of shape, line, intersections, scale, collage and mark making. Week two has the option for students to explore the images via painting.

Students should be committed and care deeply enough to be willing to recreate or destroy a work to allow a new and different process to come into play. This will be a jumping off point to explore abstraction 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, which could result in a very different image than what the original source. The Marathon will solely focus on drawing and collage, with students having the option to work with a limited palette in paint during the final days. This course is for anyone with a curiosity to explore and may develop differently for each participant.

Course Syllabus

Teacher

Fran O’Neill

Instructor

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