This is a 2-day workshop. All classes run 9 – 4 pm each day with lunch included from 12 – 1 pm.
When beginning a painting or other 2 dimensional artworks we often don’t know how to begin. Asking what should an artist think about, what should I consider, before I start to paint? How should I prepare?
Besides subject matter and ideas, there are design principles that we can use to prepare and guide us as we begin working on that “white “ empty rectangle, these design principles provide answers and options then choices as we progress in the artwork. We use painting to express our ideas and feelings, but the language of design is how we organize it. Artists often say that a painting is a journey, it is a record of our decisions and discoveries.
The well known artist Georges Braque wrote in his notebook “one must not think up a picture” in other words “a composition is found”.
There are a number of basic principles in design. We will explain them, observe them and experience them. This experiential learning will help us when creating and finding painting . During his two day workshop participants will compile a studio reference collection of examples using paper collage. Other exercises including the “use of colour” can use the paper collage method but water colour or acrylic paint is encouraged.
Design is the opposite of chance – the artist or designer plans and finds the arrangement of elements to form a visual pattern (rather than leaving things to chance).
This price includes: tuition, daily lunch, material fees (if required), any applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars.
Xane St Phillip is a practicing visual artist based in Victoria, BC. He has instructed classes in visual art for 25 years, most recently at the Vancouver Island School of Art. Subjects include Design, Colour Theory and Application, and Painting.