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November 2023 Intersession Drawing Marathon – VIRTUAL: Pathways to Abstraction with Fran O’Neill

Course Description

This Drawing Marathon will explore pathways, literal and metaphorical roads, to the creation of abstract works. Participants will be encouraged to make many works and studies, with the idea of traveling beyond the threshold 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 enact ways of shifting 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 few days will solely focus on drawing and collage, with students having the option to work with a limited palette in paint during the last two days.

Course Syllabus

Teacher

Fran O’Neill

Instructor

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