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Drawing Marathon – VIRTUAL: Pathways to Abstraction with Fran O’Neill
This Drawing Marathon will encourage students to make many works and studies, with the idea of pushing students past their thresh hold of what they might consider to be the final product, into new arenas of abstraction. Beginning with a pre-existing historical image (this could be a work chosen ahead of time, or a selection of works will be presented during the first session to choose from) participants will be encouraged to explore ways to push this image further into abstraction, 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.
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 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. This course is for anyone with a curiosity to explore and may develop differently for each participant. The first week will solely focus on drawing and collage, with students having the option to work with paint during the second week.